Thoughts on updates of 3/18

Done 26 updates for today — so far. It’s only ten a.m. I’ve been working since around midnight and enjoying every minute of it.

I found a decent amount of information on baby Matthew Crocker‘s 1983 abduction. If there had been an Amber Alert back then, perhaps he would have been found.

The abductor claimed she had two children who died shortly after birth, which could go a long way towards explaining why she took Matthew. I’m not sure if the car was ever located. Anyway, the night there was a party at the house, and the adults all got drunk — except, perhaps, this “Kathy Johnson” person — and after everyone passed out she made off with the baby.

Chances are he’s alive and doesn’t know he’s missing. That concave chest is a good identifier. I wonder if there’s a guy out there, 35 out there, who isn’t sure who he is, who’s got a bit of a dent in his chest.

Keith Fleming‘s disappearance strikes me as so sad. That silky hair and those dark earnest eyes. Just a good-looking boy growing up into a young man. Having fun surfing, riding his bike, his first hit of weed, his first girlfriend — he gave her her first kiss the very night he disappeared.

I wonder if McRae really was involved, though. I mean, that would make the most sense, yes. But he knew Charles Collingwood and Kipling Hess; police were never able to prove he knew Keith, except perhaps by sight. And McRae’s wife said he told her he’d killed Charles and Kipling, but she didn’t say anything about Keith.

So, monster though McRae may have been, I’m not 100% sure he was the monster responsible for Keith’s disappearance. Though whatever happened to Keith must have been bad.

So was is whatever it was that happened to Andrew Dudley. NO ONE is going to literally run away while their Thanksgiving dinner is literally cooking in the kitchen.

Lloyd Gilsdorf‘s mom believed he was set up to be murdered. I think if that was the case it had to have been someone he knew. This was a pretty elaborate scheme if the aim was just to lure him to New Orleans so someone could kill him. Robbery couldn’t have been a motive; he was divorced, unemployed and broke.

I tried to be all professional-like when describing the circumstances of Rebecca Powell‘s death, but…wow. It filled me with some pretty unpleasant mental images, and that’s just reading the sanitized newspaper version. No wonder the trial testimony made a juror throw up.

I can’t say I think highly of any of the three men in that story. They all sounded like absolute scum, including the roommate who didn’t find out what happened till the next day but kept his mouth shut and pitched in to destroy evidence.

It doesn’t really seem fair that Fleming could have gotten a death sentence when his friend (who, by his own admission, witnessed the crime, didn’t report it, and helped clean up the scene and hide the body) got off scot-free, but of course without that friend’s testimony there would have been no case.

And that contractor in the Dock Thompson case sounds totally shady. I was surprised when I looked him up in the Florida DOC database and didn’t find him anywhere — I would have figured he’d have ended up in prison for SOMETHING after 1989, but he didn’t, at least not in Florida.

9 thoughts on “Thoughts on updates of 3/18

  1. Lz March 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Question: is there no “all” or “new” function for resolved cases? It’s kind of hard to search for new ones when I have to go through every letter…

    • Meaghan March 18, 2018 / 11:02 am

      I will bring that up with Preston.

      • Lz March 18, 2018 / 11:03 am

        Thank you!

        Also, the amount of work you’ve been doing lately is intense. Don’t forget to take a break sometime!

    • Lexi March 19, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Yes, I was so having trouble with this. Thanks for bringing it up.

  2. Brenton March 18, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Hi Meaghan,

    My name is Brenton. I am a nurse and mental health worker. I work with an organization in Eugene, Oregon that is sometimes involved with missing persons cases.

    I have some articles and things that I believe would interest you that I would like to mail to you. Do you have a PO Box I could send stuff to?

    Love The Charley Project.

    Thanks,

    Brenton

  3. Liz October 1, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    Why is it so hard to find the names of Matthew Crocker’s parents?

    • Meaghan October 1, 2019 / 8:36 pm

      Because he disappeared in an age before social media.

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