Another Executed Today entry I wrote, this one about John Montgomery, who cheated the hangman by taking prussic acid the night before he was supposed to be hanged for counterfeiting. The hangman had to be satisfied with just hanging William Rice, a thief, instead.
This was in the days of Britain’s Bloody Code, when just about every offense from shoplifting on up was punishable by hanging.
This week’s featured missing person (which I didn’t do yesterday cause I was at an early Independence Day thing) is Charles Anthony Radice, a 76-year-old World War II veteran who disappeared from Lancaster, California on May 15, 1995.
Curiously, his adult grandson, whom he lived with, didn’t bother to report him missing. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, but I don’t know much else about it, so who knows what happened there.
Another Executed Today entry by me, this one about the massacre of 3,500 Jews in Zloczow, occupied Poland on July 3, 1941.
My biggest source for this entry is the wonderful diary by Ephraim Sten, 1111 Days in My Life Plus Four. It is, hands down, the greatest Holocaust diary I’ve ever read, and I’ve read EIGHTY of them. It’s beautifully written and tells a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat story.
Ephraim was a thirteen-year-old Jewish boy and he was not present at the massacre, but his father was and miraculously survived it. For awhile, anyway — his father’s health was ruined by the physical and mental trauma and he died later that year. Ephraim and his mom survived the war, hidden by some Ukrainian Catholic heroes.
So I found two more runaways with active Facebook pages (one Facebook page was sent to me, the other I found on my own). Wearily, I called the NCMEC about it. Shockingly, both girls are, in fact, still actually missing. The NCMEC thanked me for my info about their Facebook pages.
About Pride Month: much as I want to support the LGBTQ population, I don’t think I’m going to do that again. The problem is that, unlike, say, race, being LGBTQ isn’t a distinguishing characteristic, and most of the time I simply don’t know what an MP’s sexual orientation is. I don’t specifically mention it on casefiles anymore unless it’s relevant to the case. And so, I had a hard time coming up with enough LGBTQ missing persons to do one for every day in June, though I’m sure there are a thousand or so of them on my site.
I do, however, plan to run MP cases every day for the Hispanic and Native American populations’ respective months, as I did for the African-Americans and the Asian people. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. Native American Heritage Month is in November.