Sigh, this is just so sad and so common

Earlier this month, Anthony Tyrone “Burt” Woodson‘s uncle was charged with his murder. The five-year-old has been missing since 1981, and it’s likely that he will never be found.

Some good articles about the case:

I knew almost nothing about Anthony’s case before, and it turns out that the official story had been a lie. Anthony’s uncle Terry said they went to a 7-11 in the middle of the night and Anthony disappeared from the car at some point. Well, Terry DID go to the 7-11, but only after his nephew was already dead.

The police were suspicious of the 7-11 abduction story but couldn’t disprove it, until 2017 when his uncle cracked and admitted Anthony was dead. He’s changed his story a bit since then, but the gist has always been the same: Anthony’s aunt and uncle beat the crap out of him with an electric cord, he died, and they dumped the body and concocted the 7-11 story.

Two childhood friends of Anthony reported that he was beaten badly and often enough that they’d come to recognize the sound of the electric cord and the screaming and crying and would know when a beating was taking place. Even by “Texas in the early 1980s” standards, this level of “discipline” seems excessive to me. But apparently nobody bothered to call CPS.

Justice has come too late for Della Woodson, Anthony’s aunt. She’s dead. And from the sounds of it, Terry might not live to see his trial. His sister, Merlene, says he’s in very poor health with severe diabetes and kidney problems, and that he’s on dialysis.

And it looks like there’s probably nothing left to bury, according to one of the articles:

Authorities have searched for any remains of the boy but have so far found none.

Experts, including anthropologists from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, have told police the remains would have been dragged off and scattered by animals and likely may never be recovered.

Too little, too late.

6 thoughts on “Sigh, this is just so sad and so common

  1. Doris August 28, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    This makes me so sad. Poor helpless baby boy.

  2. JustinChristoph August 29, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Deathbed confession? If his health is as bad as it sounds, he may be concerned about answering to a higher power… and he doesn’t have a good defense.

  3. August 29, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Okay will do

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Christine August 30, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Horrific.. I work with child welfare and these are the things that keep me up at night. Poor sweet little angel.

  5. Melanie March 16, 2019 / 8:43 am

    The Story from the “Uncle” is ridiculous! Didn’t want to leave him because his wife was asleep! PSH! RIIIGGGHT! So you leave with him at 3 a.m. to get “A soft drink”. OKAY! DRINK SOME WATER!!! LIES! “Kidnapped” then TOO! LIE! And the Neighbors came to recognize the sound of him being beaten with a “Lamp Cord”?! They Should be held accountable TOO!!!

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