In 1960, a Jimmy Lavern Bushbaum, age 24, and his co-defendant, Arthur G. Jones, pleaded guilty to murder in San Bernardino, California and received life sentences. This is per the San Bernardino Sun’s September 30, 1960 issue:
In 1965, a Jimmy Laverne Bushbaum, age 29, disappeared from Sacramento County, California:
I’m pretty sure they are the same person. The age is right, the unusual name is almost right (I’m not going to quibble about Laverne/Lavern) and the disappeared Jimmy appears to bear a striking resemblance to the murderer Jimmy, though it’s hard to tell due to murderer Jimmy looking down in the photo instead of at the camera, and the photo not being of the greatest quality. The nose and ears look similar, anyway.
Now, “life” sentences tended to be a lot shorter in 1960 than they are now. Don’t quote me on this, but I think the average time actually served on a life sentence in those days was just seven years. I think it’s possible that Jimmy could have pleaded guilty and gotten a life sentence in 1960 and be a free man and able to disappear by 1965.
But I’m not sure. It’s also possible he disappeared by escaping from prison. Sometimes prison escapees who’ve been gone a very long time get registered as missing persons.
I’m going to add him to the Charley Project but I really hope I’m not adding someone who is a fugitive and not a missing person.