I wish someone (not me) would take a look at these people

I listen to Small Town Murder every week and last week’s episode (that is, the most recent one) was about a whole family of, basically, serial killers. Two generations of people, traveling around the country with little kids (the third generation), robbing and murdering everywhere they went. The primary offenders were Sherman Ramon McCrary, his son Dennis Taylor and his son-in-law Carl Taylor; their wives and the grandkids were just along for the ride. I think the oldest of the grandkids was only like six years old or so, so not in a position to stop what was going on or tell anyone about it.

They liked to target small businesses where women were working alone; they had a particular fondness for donut shops. They would rob the business (usually not getting much cash), abduct the women, take them to some out-of-the-way spot, rape them, kill them and dump the bodies. (The wives were present, and aware of what was going on, but didn’t do anything to stop it. Love, they said.) The family is believed to have been responsible for 23 deaths. At least, that’s how many they could tie to one particular gun. They were finally caught in 1971.

The podcasters, and I also, think it’s likely the family could be responsible for other murders besides those 23. I have to wonder if they could be responsible for any of the cases on the Charley Project.

On the face of it, it seems unlikely cause these people didn’t make much of an effort to hide the bodies of the people they’d killed. For example, in the murder of Leora Rose Looney, the only one they were actually charged with, they just dumped her in a field without attempting burial or anything like that.

But I think it’s not impossible that they’ve killed people who haven’t been found, and possibly people who have been found but haven’t been identified. Someone ought to look into this. Like, track the family’s road trip across the country, and check for news articles wherever they were at, to see if anyone has disappeared or turned up murdered.

From what the podcast said, only Carl Taylor and his wife are still alive, and Carl is in his eighties (and still in prison; the wife turned state’s evidence and wasn’t kept locked up long). So there isn’t a lot of time left here.

So… Websleuths? Anyone?

I hope everybody is doing okay. I’m not doing okay. Bipolar is bipolar, and even while stable and on meds I find myself having downswings. Right now my depression level is pretty bad and it’s really hard to get anything done. I just want to sit in bed and watch stupid YouTube stuff all day. For this past weekend that’s pretty much all I did, and it didn’t help. It never does.

I saw my therapist today and spent most of our allotted time ranting about how selfish everyone in the world is. But the world was just as selfish earlier this month when I wrote “I am very happy and satisfied with my current life circumstances.” I know it’s just the chemicals in my head acting up and it’ll pass, but that doesn’t do anything for my current emotional pain.

I forced myself to put in a small update today but it was very difficult for me. I’m still having trouble with WordPress. I had fixed the earlier glitch by resetting my browser to its default settings; well, every time I change the settings, I have to reset them to default again before I can update. Logged out of everything I’m in, no browser extensions going, etc. And I kind of liked the (non-default) settings I had and would like to keep them. But that’s technology; it is mysterious to me.

9 thoughts on “I wish someone (not me) would take a look at these people

  1. Kathy September 29, 2021 / 12:46 am

    Gosh what a week you’ve had – take care and I hope this passes soon. Give your beautiful old lab lots of hugs.
    Thanks again for everything you do.

  2. Laura September 29, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    I’m so sorry you’re having a tough time right now. All the hugs to you.

    I also listen to STM, and thought of you and Charley Project immediately when they started talking about the possibility of further victims. I wish I had the time to take on such a project.

    • Meaghan September 29, 2021 / 9:20 pm

      Glad to have found another fan! My husband proposed to me at one of their live shows. Back in February 2020, just before everything shut down.

  3. Anthony Ziegler September 30, 2021 / 4:19 pm

    What are your thoughts on the Gabby Petito case. I know she is no longer missing but the man who might have murdered her still is.

    • Meaghan September 30, 2021 / 4:19 pm

      I think it’s very sad but don’t really have any particular thoughts on it beyond that; I don’t usually follow cases that recent.

  4. Emily Jones October 1, 2021 / 11:35 pm

    I have bipolar disorder too and I hate it!!! I’m well medicated and still feel like trash half the time. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. Suzette L Fox October 4, 2021 / 2:32 pm

    I wonder if any of the kids are alive and if they have any information. Thinking of you and hope you get to feeling better.

  6. honestly4u October 23, 2021 / 6:58 pm

    Just bumped into your blog for the first time. I really enjoy your writing style… It’s possible that you and I are the last two people on earth who use punctuation! Anyway, thank you for what you do; it’s meaningful and helpful to more people than you could ever know. I found your blog while searching for information on Paige Renkowski, a young woman who was taken from the side of the highway (I-96 east of Lansing Michigan) during broad daylight. Her car was found with the door open and engine running… which makes for quite a mystery.

    I hope you have more good days than bad days.

    • honestly4u October 23, 2021 / 7:02 pm

      *Paige Renkoski, missing May 24, 1990

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