Select It Sunday: Tricia Kellett

This week’s case is selected by Hennylee: Tricia J. Kellett, an eight-year-old girl who disappeared from Chicago back in 1982. She was apparently pulled into a car and never heard from again. It says the police didn’t begin searching for hours; I am thinking perhaps it wasn’t initially realized she had been abducted. At least I hope that’s what happened. Otherwise there is no excuse. For that matter, even if she was just lost it’s no excuse. An eight-year-old girl gone missing in a major city?

I’ve got five photos of Tricia but only one is good quality. I don’t have much about her disappearance, any suspects, etc. Wish I did.

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered

I was looking for information on Darron Glass and came across this fascinating website about the Atlanta Child Murders. I don’t know much about the murders but I know there is a lot of doubt and controversy about them. This website has loads of info about the various connections between the people and places involved. It also has pictures of the victims and their families — and, in some cases, the crime scenes with the bodies in situ. (Just warning you.)

Make-a-List Monday: Black people without dark eyes

This list is for African-American people who don’t have brown or black eyes. There aren’t many of these, obviously, not in comparison with the overall black population on Charley.

  1. Kelly L. Allen
  2. Tameka Anderson
  3. David Barnes Sr.
  4. James Eric Bess
  5. Bruce Blackwood
  6. Martin Eric Bryant
  7. Dante Lamont Byrd
  8. Willie Reginald Clark
  9. Juginda Denel Dobbins
  10. Frank D. Frazier
  11. Equilla Lynn Hodrick
  12. Ardora Alethea Hogan
  13. Lillian Rochelle Holmes
  14. Maurice James II
  15. Dorothy Fay Johnson
  16. Tequila Neon Jones
  17. Michael Jermaine Lawson
  18. Rita Michele Maxwell
  19. Morris Morehead
  20. Emmett Oliver Jr.
  21. Ricky Ricardo Outlaw
  22. Owen C. Powell
  23. Ollie Lee Roberts
  24. Annie L. Sanders
  25. Shawn Desiree Short
  26. Robbin Lewis Slaughter
  27. Billie Jo Smith
  28. James Harold Smith
  29. Deborah Yvonne Wims
  30. Constance Wooten

Charley Project quoted in the Washington Post

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Charley Project quoted in a Washington Post article about the Julian Hernandez case. I subscribe to the Post and get an email every day with several of their articles; the Hernandez one was one of those. Since I’ve already taken Julian’s casefile down, the Post linked to a cache of it.

False leads

As I’ve stated so many times before, I view the Charley Project as a place to share the story of a person’s disappearance: before, during, and after. That includes talking about the false leads that inevitably crop up during an investigation.

The Beverly Potts casefile, for example, details a number of leads that went nowhere, including a woman who wrote a letter that said she’d caught her husband disposing of Beverly’s body and left it in her house. It turned out, as I recall, that her husband was horribly abusive and she thought he would kill her, so she left the letter as a kind of attempt to frame him for child-murder from beyond the grave, assuming he actually did kill her.

As many of you know, there have been exciting new developments in the Jacob Wetterling case, and I dutifully updated his casefile. The details of disappearance includes an aside that Jacob’s father is an adherent of the Baha’i religion, a faith which not many Americans are familiar with, and there were rumors among the locals that Jacob’s dad’s religion had something to do with his son’s abduction.

A person posted a message on the Charley Project’s Facebook account saying they’d never read about Baha’i in relation to Jacob anywhere, and suggesting it be removed.

Well, the thing was, I hadn’t read about it either. The information about Jacob’s father’s religion and the subsequent rumor mill had been added to the casefile by Jennifer Marra back when she was running the MPCCN. So I checked with Newslibrary, a major source of old news articles, and found a St. Paul Pioneer Press article that referenced it. So at least I could confirm the accuracy of the information. (Not that I ever doubted it in the first place; Jenni cared as much about accuracy as I do.)

My question to you guys, though, is: where do we draw the line? At what point does a false lead or ruled-out potential suspect or local rumor become irrelevant, and perhaps even detrimental to the story?

Honestly, although I haven’t removed the info, I’m not sure I would have put the Baha’i thing into Jacob’s casefile if I myself had written it from scratch. There’s been news lately about Roger Day, an interview with his sister who mentions a “pedophile” who lived nearby and whose home was searched. They found bones that turned out to be not human. Yesterday I updated his case with more info, but didn’t include the bit about the neighborhood pedophile since there seemed to be no evidence, beyond his sister’s speculation, that Roger had any particular interaction with the man.

Where do we draw the line?

Make-a-List Monday: Hair extensions

A list of MPs — all of them female, save one — with hair extensions.

  1. Benedetta Bentley
  2. Erica Monique Bradley
  3. Laroya Nate Bray
  4. Lakiesha Trenail Buckner
  5. Cleashindra Denise Hall
  6. Deniese Shalize Hiraman
  7. Patricia Ann Lalonde
  8. James H. Mayberry Jr.
  9. Shy’Kemmia Shy’Rezz Pate
  10. Makayla Randall
  11. Beatriz Adriana Wheeler

The Klein kids

I had meant to put the Klein boys up on Charley today: Daniel, David and Kenneth, missing for over 60 years now. It must have been a stupendous case at the time. I mean, three little boys, brothers, vanishing into thin air like that. I bet there was plenty of news coverage if I were to start digging in online archives and, perhaps, my local library’s microfilm collection. Maybe the case has a few mentions or even whole chapters in books concerning 20th-century Minneapolis history.

Slight problem, though: none of the boys have a law enforcement contact listed for them. I would assume the Minneapolis PD is investigating, but I don’t know that for sure. Indeed, I don’t know if any LE is investigating at all. I’ve put up old cases without LE contact before, for historical interest, but I think they were all older than this one.