MP of the week: Aubrina Mack

This week’s featured missing person is Aubrina Nicole Mack, a 21-year-old African-American woman who disappeared from Montgomery, Alabama on August 15, 2006. She went out for a walk to a nearby street and never came back. She would be 35 today if still alive.

I was never able to find much about the circumstances of her case, but she had kids she left behind, and her family doesn’t think she would have done that on purpose. I tried to find out more about her disappearance on social media but didn’t turn up much, other than this 2011 Facebook page from Aubrina’s sister. It looks like her nickname was Nikki.

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe, and staying home if possible. I don’t personally know anyone who has died but have read about so many, and a friend’s cousin passed away last week from suspected COVID-19.

Michael and I are dutifully obeying the stay-at-home order and I’ve ordered some masks for when we have to be around other people. They say Kleenex and paper towels make good filters.

Michael has found out he has to resume teaching next week. The state governor closed all the schools for the rest of the academic year, but the place Michael teaches at is classified as a residential treatment center, not a school. It’s for kids with severe emotional/behavioral problems, and due to safety issues (mainly that the children are prime targets for sex traffickers) the students are not allowed internet access. So online schooling isn’t an option, but they still have a right to an education, and they’re not doing very well right now with their routine disrupted. And so the teachers must return and resume lessons.

I am very apprehensive about this development and can only hope the place handles this as safely as is possible.

9 thoughts on “MP of the week: Aubrina Mack

  1. Suzette April 7, 2020 / 7:22 pm

    Praying for you and Michael to get through this God bless you and thank you.

    • Meaghan April 7, 2020 / 7:22 pm

      I hope you and yours stay safe as well.

  2. KT Stanko April 8, 2020 / 10:11 am

    Hi Meaghan, I’m thinking of you and Michael. Those poor kids.

    I saw you updated Don Lewis’s page. Have you seen a spike in traffic on his page since Tiger King?

    • Meaghan April 8, 2020 / 10:14 am

      Because Don is listed under his legal name of Jack Donald Lewis, and the Joe Exotic stuff isn’t talked about, his page hasn’t gotten as much notice as you’d think. I did decide to bring up that Carole goes by Carole Baskin now.

      There doesn’t seem to be much actual evidence against her, just speculation. I have no idea what happened to the guy; she could have killed him, but he sounds like the type who might have had a lot of enemies.

  3. KT Stanko April 8, 2020 / 10:55 am

    Interesting! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that most people don’t take the extra step to look up his real first name. I looked him up immediately on Charley once he was mentioned in the doc, lol.

    I agree about Carole. I appreciate the humorous “she fed him to the tigers” memes but when you look at it objectively (i.e., not using Tiger King as your primary source), it seems he was lost at sea maliciously (but not by Carole) or accidentally.

    • Meaghan April 8, 2020 / 10:57 am

      I know Carole has been subject to a campaign of harassment since the Netflix thing came out. She’s not happy about it obviously. I haven’t watched the show and don’t plan to (I’m not keen on animal abuse) but I’ve heard it paints HER as the villain, which makes no sense to me since Joe is the one in prison for conspiracy to commit murder.

  4. KT April 8, 2020 / 11:36 am

    I watched it all. It was like Maury Povich/Jerry Springer meets true crime. I think we’ll start to see more of these type of docs come out where the producers were filming for one reason but another saga unfolded and they just happened to be there. In TK’s case, Joe Exotic was such a narcissist that he had cameras on him 24/7 so you can see what he was truly like years before the conspiracy charges.

    TK paints her as a villain because of the whole cat-rescue thing. They talk about how she rode the first major wave of social media outreach and exposure, which caused her non-profit to explode and receive regular, large donations. But then they talk about how most of the staff are volunteers, with different colored shirts representing how many years they’ve been with the organization. The producer asked her what she does with interns, and she responded she doesn’t meet them and usually doesn’t recognize people until they are blue shirts– 5 years of unpaid volunteering. Basically, she has a cult following of her own, mostly women with a higher socioeconomic status that can afford to volunteer their lives to big cats. Compared to Joe Exotic, who paid his employees $150 a week, but his staff was a much lower SES than Carole’s.

    CB also used to be a cat-breeder herself with Don, but she stopped doing it years ago. But in today’s culture, every part of your past is scrutinized regardless of how you are living in the present. What everyone seems to be clinging to is how she responded to a question about what you’d use to lure a tiger, after Joe said someone put something on his shoe to cause a tiger to attack him. She mentions sardine oil and does this weird cat impression. I could totally see myself doing the exact stupid thing on television. Yet everyone’s like “Yes! That’s how she did it! She covered Don in sardine oil and fed him to the tigers! Case closed!”

    • Meaghan April 8, 2020 / 11:45 am

      Yeah, I don’t want to accuse a person of murder based on THAT. And certainly IF Don did was murdered (by Carole or any other person) and IF there is ever enough evidence to charge a suspect, this “documentary” is not going to help matters as far as a fair trial is concerned.

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