MP of the week: Jacqueline Cooper

This week’s featured missing person is Jacqueline Cooper, a 27-year-old woman who disappeared from Modesto, California on November 12, 1976. If still alive, she’d be 71. But she’s not still alive.

Jacqueline’s case is one of those where we basically have the gist of what happened to her, we just don’t know where she is. She and at least three other women, Mary Louise Watkins, Hester Lee Chandler and Patty Gay Toliver, are presumed victims of serial killer James Carlin Toliver. (Patty was James’s wife. She and Hester aren’t on Charley for want of photos.)

Toliver died of a heart attack in 1980, just after shooting his last victim to death and lugging $98,000 in looted money back to his car. (Out of curiosity I looked up how much $98k in $100 bills weighed, wondering if Toliver had keeled over from the effort of carrying it. Nope: just 2.161 pounds.) He was never convicted of any of his crimes and his many secrets, including the location of his other victims’ bodies, to his grave.

As to other matters: I am well, and staying at home with Michael. Today was the first day I had left the house in over a week (other than to get the mail and walk the dog); I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication refills. My family is well and so are my friends.

Sitting there all day staring at my phone doing nothing but reading COVID-19 news (which is all bad) is not doing wonders for my mood. Although crime news is quite minimal at the moment, I am going to try and do some extensive Charley updating tomorrow.

Stay safe people, wash your hands, and unless you are on an essential errand or work in an essential job, practice social distancing and STAY HOME.

24 thoughts on “MP of the week: Jacqueline Cooper

  1. Mia March 24, 2020 / 11:41 pm

    Regarding recent updates, am I the only one who thought of this lady when reading Iva Foss’ information? The dates and location are off but wow… the cosmetics and the coat, plus her appearance, made me wonder.

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/474ufnc.html

    • diamondlil16 March 27, 2020 / 6:17 am

      Thank you Maryso, I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I heard of this case.
      Condolences go out to her family and friends.

      • diamondlil16 March 27, 2020 / 6:19 am

        Oops, sorry for not spelling your name correctly Marsyao, it appears I can’t edit that.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan March 25, 2020 / 11:03 am

    I saw that on Smart News. Also, if I remember right that Jacob Bumpass, sent a text message from a park in Batavia, Ohio, at about 4:30 in the morning. My road atlas puts him in Clermont County, Ohio, at that time.

    Also, Batavia appears to be on a route that also runs close to a Williamsbutg, Ohio. I assume this is in the Williamsburg Township.

    I wonder who is was texting. Also, if he still has that lawyer.

  3. A March 25, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    Regarding Paige Johnson’s resolved casefile, Clermont County is in Ohio, not Kentucky as you’ve written. On a separate note, your work is much appreciated. 💜

  4. James Christ March 26, 2020 / 12:31 am

    I’m glad to see some progress in Paige Johnson’s case….we will see some more soon! Thanks for keeping MP cases alive after years of nothing.

  5. SammiiBGood March 26, 2020 / 7:25 am

    The missing need a voice and you are it. Thank you for all that you do.

  6. Bobby Sailor March 27, 2020 / 12:33 am

    If the “only” news you’re reading is bad, then you’re reading the wrong news.

    • Meaghan March 27, 2020 / 4:39 am

      It’s true that China’s numbers are said to be improving, but I don’t trust anything they say.

      • Bobby Sailor March 27, 2020 / 8:28 am

        Today is the 4th straight day of no new cases in Italy. But more to the point, the news is full of stories about people helping each other, being kind to each other, and connecting in ways that would have been thought unimaginable just a few weeks ago. If you think the news is all bad, that’s on you for not choosing to see the good.

      • Meaghan March 27, 2020 / 11:29 am

        Forgive me, as I wonder whether my high risk father and fiancé will survive this, for not caring about some people bringing their neighbors dinner.

  7. Bobby Sailor March 27, 2020 / 4:02 pm

    You’re right… If you’re the only person in the world, then there’s only bad news.

    • Meaghan March 27, 2020 / 4:05 pm

      If I was as selfish and self centered as that I wouldn’t be staying home. I haven’t left the house at all except to go to the pharmacy one time to fill my prescriptions, and I’m doing this for the good of society, not myself. And it’s for America in general that I am worried sick.

      • Sonya March 30, 2020 / 3:31 am

        You run an entire website dedicated to missing people, pouring countless hours into it. I don’t think anyone would ever think you were selfish or self centered. Good on you for staying home. This is a very worrying time, and I’m worried, too. I think everyone is. I hope someday soon I’ll turn on the news and hear there’s a vaccine, or many people recovered, or….something. But that doesn’t seem to be happening presently. Take care, Meaghan. 🙂

      • Meaghan March 30, 2020 / 6:43 am

        Yeah, the situation totally sucks. But Well apparently if you just think positive everything will be allll better. 🙄

        In all seriousness though, I can only hope that this pandemic leads to lasting social change for the better in the US. I think the country is at a crossroads and we could go one direction or another. I only hope we pick the right path.

      • Sonya March 31, 2020 / 2:09 am

        lol! It would be nice if we could “positive” away a pandemic, but sadly that isn’t likely to happen. 😀

        I think you guys might pick the right path, hopefully. While it was centred in New York, America in general recovered from 9/11 very well, I thought, and that was a horrific time. Things changed, and not just in America….airport security, for one, but that was a needed change, I think. It was difficult watching America struggle through 9/11, and it is difficult seeing America being hit so hard by this pandemic.

    • Megs A Beach March 27, 2020 / 4:35 pm

      Well someone is a negative Nelly. Who’s only focusing on bad news now?

    • FindtheMissing March 27, 2020 / 11:21 pm

      Ok Bobby Sailor, your gonna sail into the Marianna Trench and drown if you don’t shut your trap. Beep Beep* this conversation has ended✋🖕

  8. Bobby Sailor March 30, 2020 / 2:18 am

    People who use what psychologists call “garbage words” do the most harm to nobody but themselves. The little boy who says “it always rains on my birthday,” the nagging wife who complains “my husband never cleans up after himself,” the coach who chastises his players with “you guys don’t know any of the plays,” and the blogger who writes that the news is “all bad” are not only objectively incorrect, they’re feeding into their own cycle of negativity.

    Garbage words like “never,” “all,” “always,” “constantly” and so on aren’t just typically wrong, they’re actually usually a contributing factor to incorrectly believing these things in the first place. Very, very few things in our beautiful world are absolute.

    Amazingly, simply the use of these garbage words actually begets their users believing things that are simply, objectively, false.

    Instead of taking the perspective that it’s “all bad,” you get to choose how you see it. And what’s more, the words you use shape how you’ll continue to perceive things. “All bad” becomes “troubling, but with signs of hope.” “Always” becomes “usually.” “Never” becomes “rarely.” They’re called garbage words for a reason- not only are they typically incorrect, they compound the negativity in the person that speaks them.

    The situation doesn’t determine how a person perceives it, the person does. We’re both looking at the same situation, yet with different perceptions. The difference is, the perspective. It’s the person.

    Oh, but wait, you have loved ones that are high risk! Guess what – we all do. You’re no more special than anyone else. And you think that the immeasurable acts of goodness going on all around us can be minimized to someone bringing someone else dinner? That’s a demonstration of immaturity that not even your young age can excuse. How embarrassing.

    Lose the garbage words. Gain some perspective. Smile. However bad you believe you have it, someone else has it far worse. And there’s a good chance that they’re smiling, too.

    This is your playpen, so you can be just as negative and objectively wrong as you like. Or you can try to do something as simple as recognizing your own garbage words, and do something about them. The person you’ll help most, is you. It’s a beautiful world, and we’re all presented right now with an incredible opportunity to make it better. Have a blessed day!

    • Meaghan March 30, 2020 / 2:27 am

      Gee thanks, I’m completely cured of all my worries now! /sarcasm

    • Tara March 30, 2020 / 6:49 am

      Oh Bobby, perhaps you need to take your own advice and make this blog a more beautiful place by never commenting again. For all your talk about positivity and smiles, you certainly have a knack for treating others (complete strangers, I might add) poorly. Please, go away. But have a blessed day! 👋

      • P.M. March 31, 2020 / 1:25 am

        I think he’s just trying to be positive right now. That’s All. And I kind of feel it helps to try to stay positive if we can. It’s a scary and stressful time but he’s trying to see the good things too.

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