Thinking out loud today

  • Uh, where are Tarasha Benjamin‘s ears on the 2013 AP I found?
  • So it seems pretty obvious that “Larry Wilson” killed William Joseph Davis at that house that day, but I wonder what the motive would be? I’ve seen female real estates disappear under these circumstances, and usually the motive is a sexual attack, but this is less likely here. Robbery maybe?
  • Per articles at the time, several other adults disappeared from Hillsborough County in the same time period as Brian Lee Jones did. There was no indication the cases were related, though, and all the others, except Jones and one other, seem to have turned up. As for Jones… I can’t figure out what was going on there. How far away was that “secluded wooded area” from the ABC Lounge? Were the “possible bloodstains” on the pillow ever tested? Obviously DNA testing would have been impossible in 1981, but they could have at least determined whether it the stains were human blood or not.
  • I found frustratingly contradictory information about Tai Yung Lau‘s disappearance. One news account said he had no car and couldn’t drive, and other that his car disappeared at the same time he did. The new page for Hillsborough County missing persons, however, says Lau sold his car and said something about returning to China. But the thing is, if the story about him escaping from a forced labor camp during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and eventually getting working papers in the U.S. is true, there’s no way in hell he would have returned to China; they’d have killed him.
  • I originally read about Jack Donald Lewis‘s disappearance in this book; the author interviewed Carole Lewis (now Carole Baskin) and she mentioned that her husband just walked out of the house one day and never came back. As for Jack’s disappearance, I know there has been talk online that Carole killed him, but I am not going to venture a guess as to what caused his disappearance. The articles I found called Wildlife on Easy Street a “sanctuary,” but it didn’t have a very good reputation back in the nineties. I don’t know if things have improved now or what. On a side note, earlier this month Joe Exotic, who runs a horrible traveling petting zoo, was charged with trying to hire someone to kill Carole.
  • Despite Carlos Melgar-Perez‘s case being local to me, I never heard squat about it until I saw him on the Fort Wayne Police Department and began looking up info on his own. Apparently the police only interviewed his friend one time. The circumstances of his disappearance seem strange, to say the least. There aren’t any nearby bodies of water sufficiently large/deep/fast enough to have concealed his body for this long.
  • I found Eva Marie Ridall‘s dad’s obituary and noted that he was divorced from his kids’ mother and lived in Ohio when he died. I have to wonder if maybe she was going to Ohio to see her father, but I’ve got no proof that he lived in Ohio in 1977. I found some stuff about her disappearance online from her sister, and all indications seem to be that she did run away, but it’s been over 40 years; what happened?
  • About that extortion attempt in Cynthia Lynn Sumpter‘s case: was the man charged with molesting her in jail when she disappeared? If he wasn’t, have the police verified his alibi 100%?

And finally, I found the following article about something Peter Joseph Bonick did a full five years prior to his disappearance. I’m guessing the reason he was living in a children’s home when he went missing is because he continued on the delinquent path.


7 thoughts on “Thinking out loud today

  1. Jess September 23, 2018 / 4:53 am

    I just took a look at Tarasha Benjamin’s AP photo and yeah… where are her ears? One recent AP photo that really got me thinking aloud was Jeffrey Klungness’s (Aged to 35), and now I don’t like dogging on the Age Progression photos The Center for Missing and Exploited Children do, but that one was kind of lazy. Sure they aged the face, made it more accurate, but, by god, could they even be bothered to put a new background into the photo? They juat used the same one as the original missing photo.

    • Meaghan September 23, 2018 / 9:05 am

      To be honest, though, in her actual photos Tarasha’s ears seem to be very flat; in a few of the full-face pics you can’t see them.

      • Jess September 25, 2018 / 3:49 am

        That’s true. The only time you’d have been able to see her ears in the photographs is if her head is turned.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan September 24, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I found Reverend Doctor Robert Clyde Ridall’s obituary. He was pastor at Paris Trinity UMC in Paris, Tennessee and Redmon UMC, in Redmon, Washington for about 9 years it appears. So this was before becoming pastor at Peoria UMC, in about 1980. He retired from there in 1988.

    So it would appear in was not in Ohio. So I wonder if she might have been heading for Tennessee or Washington. I wonder when she left Ohio for Florida with her mother. He married his second wife in 1969.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan September 24, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Also Eva accrding to a Reddit forum had used a number of alias names. It appears that Aubrey Natasha Ridall might be one of them. Also her sister posted two messages on Zaba Search to both names.

    • Meaghan September 24, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      I saw her Zaba Search posts.

  4. Patrick Kerrigan September 25, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    It would be nice if we knew the reason for the alias first names. Also, there was a mention of her uing the last name of Mattingly. I wonder if her sister has any explanation.

    As she was only 15 at the time, she would not have a SSN. I always think it would be interesting to see if a SSN, was issued under one of those names with her date of birth.

    I wonder, if the authorities ever figured if she took a bus, train, or plane.

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