So I got this email today

[For the past several days I’ve been house- and dog-sitting for my mom. She’s coming back tomorrow sometime and I can go home. I will resume website work including this week’s featured MP upon my return. To be honest I’ve been glad of the break.]

Hi Meaghan,

I am casting a new investigative TV docuseries on missing African American mothers.

I am the Manager of Development at Machete Productions, a female-owned and operated production house based in Los Angeles. We are working on a new series that will tell the stories of missing women who are unjustly left in the shadows of the Missing White Woman Syndrome that plagues American media. We specifically want to look at cases of mothers, as told from the POV of their children whom they are survived by.

The stories and messages here are potent; we simultaneously aim to bring awareness to the disparity in media coverage and investigative thoroughness of black missing persons cases (versus white cases), we want to address the impact of losing a mother on an individual level and social level (entire communities are plagued by these cases that go unresolved), and, most importantly, we want to bring in a new investigative team to try to find justice and closure.

I found The Charley Project while searching for details on Doretha Williams who went missing in Nov 2007. Due to the lack of public information available on these cases, it is very difficult to get in touch with surviving children. Teaming up with The Charley Project would be a vital resource during this casting process if you have access to surviving family members. I am curious if there is a way to blast out my casting call to surviving offspring of missing moms cases in your database?

Happy to hop on a call to discuss further.

Thank you!

14 thoughts on “So I got this email today

  1. christie June 12, 2018 / 11:08 pm

    ? So what are your thoughts? I personally don’t like the “missing white woman syndrome” line in there, but as well I am of course aware that only like 20% of the population is Black or are African Amer. females, where White females which also includes Hispanics totals about 75% so that leaves such a small margin of other ethnicity such as Asian’s that make up America. I would first like to know how the African American or Black population is going to take accountability for getting their demographic in the news? It really needs to happen as 34% Black woman from all walks of life are missing to 80% of Whites and Hispanics, so if we do the math, IDK it seems like yeah a bit more black woman are truly missing, but we need to way all the demographics and not marginalize one race, is it the ineffectiveness of the people representing the Black Community and Hispanic Community is it still racial barriers, and where they live? Personally I think since we all have the means now to reach out and Demand Justice we should Demand more of our task Force and investigators and do the foot work ourselves as most cases can be solved within 5 miles of where the person was last seen. I also feel it really, really, depends on where you live the demographic once again comes into play with the racism card. IDK- I would want to know more before I started a project like this or was in a TV series I would want to make sure it was fair and not downplaying or speaking ill of white woman or hispanics I mean it sounds like they don’t even know Hispanics are clumped in with the white ladies?????? I hate race issues I really do as we are all Human and should support each other in this day of age. Makes me cringe really I wish it wasn’t an issue. The entire fact they sent you an email with the “MWWS” as quoted above knowing or I hope they know you are white would make me feel bad, it makes me feel bad for being white, but I am soooo super sensitive about this stuff, I try my best to have a level head but this and animal cruelty get me.

    • Meaghan June 13, 2018 / 5:28 am

      I do not know if she knows what color I am and I do not care and she should not care; this is not about ME.

      This company decided to do a show on the topic of missing black women and their children. They will do it with or without me and I can help them or not.

      I will do what I can to help the family of ANY missing person find closure/justice. In this case the families will be black families because that’s what the show will be about.

      It helps no one if I email the lady saying “your show is racist, and you should do cases of all colors, and I won’t refer you to any black families unless you cover white cases too.” By the time they’re at the point of contacting me, the decision on what kind of case to cover has been made already.

      • Vincent June 13, 2018 / 2:58 pm

        Amen, Meaghan.

        People are people are people are people.

        Every single one of the cases you have documented on this site is heartbreaking. If someone chooses to focus on some of them and elevate their profiles through tv or internet or whatever, more power to them.

    • Ty June 13, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Get over yourself christie this is not about you or other white women. its about missing african american women who do not get a lot of coverage on their cases. also Im not sure why you’re saying black AND african american as if its two different races.

      • christie June 13, 2018 / 9:57 pm

        Ty, that is not appropriate you clearly missed my point I am very passionate about all races, the reason I say black and african american is because, some people prefer to identify as black and some as african american please get over yourself. My Comment was for Meaghan and my thoughts were meant for her next time I will use her personal email thanks for being rude I appreciate your efforts.

  2. JustinChristoph June 13, 2018 / 12:47 am

    My feeling is that you told them you do not initiate contact with family members of the missing persons. Occasionally, they contact you after seeing the profiles of their loved ones on your site, but practically all of your information on missing persons comes from the media.

    This entry on your blog is likely all the “casting call” they are going to get.

    • Meaghan June 13, 2018 / 5:26 am

      I also copy pasted the email onto the Charley Project Facebook page and a missing persons Facebook group I belong to in an effort to reach out to families that meet the criteria.

  3. Siege June 13, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    With regard to “Missing White Woman Syndrome,” it’s unfortunate truth that “pretty white women” DO get more press coverage when they go missing than WOC do. Whether it’s because the media thinks they make better stories, or because the WOC are ignored because they’re seen as more likely to vanish intentionally or due to some personal fault.

    In my opinion, any show that attempts to draw attention to missing people (whatever their particular niche) is a great thing. It seems like you’ve been kind enough to assist them as much as you can.

  4. John June 13, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    1) Don’t let her choice of words/phrases bother you. She is simply an advocate for her program and believes in speaking directly. There should be more people like her speaking up for their causes. We all agree that missing members of minorities and sub-cultures (for lack of a better word) are sorely under-reported/under-investigated/overly-dismissed.
    That said:
    2) I don’t see this site as a social media conduit. So, I would be surprised if you maintained a contact database for family members. Wouldn’t there be some liability on your part if it got hacked?
    3) I also agree, it seems more like a casting call than an outreach.

    • christie June 13, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      John the way you phrased this makes better sense to me, if felt like an exclusion of other races but now I see better with what you are saying. Thanks

  5. Patrick Kerrigan June 13, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I did a little research and found that she uses the middle name of Rena. It appears she used the following names:

    Dorethea R. Williams, Dorethea Rena Gamble, Doetha R. Gamble, Rena Gamble.

    Her date of birth appears to be March 15, 1958. She may have used a P.O. Box 10099, in Prichard, Alabama. She also lived in Prichard, and possibly in Memphis, Tennessee and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    • christie June 13, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Good Job Patrick. I love to see other members helping out.

  6. Patrick Kerrigan June 15, 2018 / 9:23 am

    The frustrating part is the lack of details in many persons cases. A woman of color has been missing from Grambling University since 1967 or 1968. She had returned to school, and would go home on the weekend to visit her two children and family in Alexandria, Louisiana.

    These are the known details besides her being 41 or 42 years old. Some wonder if she had a roommate. No idea on how she travelled back and forth. Was she married or divorced. Would the university still have the records from her time there.

    The other question is were there any other missing women from this area.

    So if this program generates some investigative leads great. I would prefer a America’s Missing Program, that would focus attention on all the missing persons in this country.

    • christie June 15, 2018 / 10:43 am

      I agree, thank you Patrick, well said. America’s Missing would be great.

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