Make-a-List Monday: The Gospels

Cody N. suggested I do a Make-a-List Monday for people named Matthew, Mark, Luke or John — that four Gospels in the New Testament. I actually did a list of people named some form of John last fall. Today’s list is for people named John (and ONLY John, not Jonathan or Evan or Sean or suchlike) who have been added since then, and for people named Matthew, Mark or Luke (first names only, variants not included).

JOHN

  1. John Michael Baham Jr.
  2. John Peter Fox
  3. John Howard Friebely
  4. John P. Suggs
  5. John Curtis Tensley
  6. John Graham Thompson
  7. John William Wingler Sr.

LUKE

  1. Luke Robinson
  2. Luke Adam Sanburg
  3. Luke David Stout
  4. Luke Townsend
  5. Luke Aaron Tredway

MARK

  1. Mark Wayne Adamson
  2. Mark Addison
  3. Mark Lindsey Bachelder
  4. Mark Anthony Berumen
  5. Mark Bonner
  6. Mark Lawrence Bosworth
  7. Mark Travis Burkett Jr.
  8. Mark Kamaki Cajski
  9. Mark Twain Celestine
  10. Mark Skinner Clarke
  11. Mark Alan Cohen
  12. Mark Allen Collman
  13. Mark Anthony Cook
  14. Mark William Cowardin
  15. Mark Norman Dantche
  16. Mark Randall Davis
  17. Mark Anthony Degner
  18. Mark Lee Doose
  19. Mark Jeffrey Dribin
  20. Mark Duane Folz
  21. Mark Allen Garnett
  22. Mark Thomas Gibson
  23. Mark Joseph Himebaugh
  24. Mark R. Hudson
  25. Mark Allen Husk
  26. Mark Douglas Jackson
  27. Mark Randall Johnson
  28. Mark William Kotlarz
  29. Mark Stephen Lemieux
  30. Mark Steven Martin
  31. Mark R. Marvin
  32. Mark Arthur Maty
  33. Mark Allen Merritt
  34. Mark Allen Miller
  35. Mark Allan Nichter
  36. Mark Julian Oldbury Jr.
  37. Mark A. Peal
  38. Mark Wade Potts
  39. Mark Donald Ramin
  40. Mark William Seelman
  41. Mark Lane Smith
  42. Mark Allen Thompson
  43. Mark D. Tomich
  44. Mark Raymond Tourney
  45. Mark Andrew Wilborne
  46. Mark Wendell Wilson
  47. Mark Eugene Yoli
  48. Mark David Zeichner

MATTHEW

  1. Matthew Glen Anderson
  2. Matthew Cameron Barrows
  3. Matthew Colter
  4. Matthew Wade Crocker
  5. Matthew Jonathan Curtis
  6. Matthew John Ferris
  7. Matthew Kirby Gale Jr.
  8. Matthew Paul Garnes
  9. Matthew Scott Hulse
  10. Matthew Ellis Keith
  11. Matthew Stephen McCaskey
  12. Matthew Alan Mullaney
  13. Matthew Nolan
  14. Matthew Jacob Salazar
  15. Matthew Vincent Sueper
  16. Matthew Chase Whitmer
  17. Matthew Stephen Wood
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Flashback Friday: The Houghland Family

I promise I will TRY very hard to get my “weekly features” obligations actually met this weekend. (Any suggestions for Sunday?) This week’s Flashback Friday case is actually three cases: Norma Louise Houghland, a 27-year-old mother, and her two sons, 8-year-old Richard Allen Houghland and 6-year-old Thomas James Houghland. They vanished from Sacramento, California on July 15, 1978, but because Norma was divorced and her ex-husband, the boys’ father, lived out of state, no one realized they were missing for a week.

Given the condition of the family’s apartment — uncashed welfare check left behind, nothing missing, dishes in the sink — it seems unlikely they left on their own. Given the fact that Norma’s car has never been found, I think the most probable explanation for this triple disappearance is an automobile accident. Norma and the boys may be in a ravine or at the bottom of a cliff somewhere, or more likely in a lake or river.

There’s been a social media storm these last 24 hours

For those who haven’t heard, there’s a woman who claims she is Jennifer Klein who disappeared in 1974. This story has been floating around the internet for about a month, but yesterday there was a YouTube video published where the woman claimed she had DNA testing done and it proved her identity.

This woman also claims her abductors were members of a Satanic cult and that they kidnapped Kurt Newton and Etan Patz (who both disappeared in the 1970s, across the country from Jennifer) as well. She says she was brainwashed and didn’t start remembering what happened until after she was injured in a car accident.

As for what I think, well, I didn’t write this editorial but it pretty much sums up my own position on the matter.

Hopefully the truth will come out over the next few days or so. Until then, that’s all I’ve got to say.

New pictures list

The last few days I’ve added a bunch of new pictures to casefiles. See the list below:

  1. Edward Dylan Bryant
  2. Tynescha Marie Chilton
  3. Robert Joseph Fritz
  4. Rafael Chavez Gonzalez
  5. Crishtian Michael Hughes
  6. Ryan Jan Kemp
  7. Keith Allan Kirby
  8. Saiun Sam Lotus
  9. Andy Guy Nguyen
  10. Emily Michelle Sawyer
  11. Danyel Lou Sparpana

Also, Grace Noel “Gracie” Reapp has a new AP.

Let’s talk about it: Bryan Hayes and Mark Degner

I find the disappearance of best friends Mark Anthony Degner and Bryan Andrew Hayes puzzling and troubling. They’ve been missing from Jacksonville, Florida since February 1, 2005 — twelve years, nearly twelve and a half.

At first the circumstances of the boys’ cases look pedestrian enough: they were living in a group home, told friends they were going to run away, and apparently did just that. They were even sighted in Holly Hill, a small town south of Jacksonville on the Florida coast, two months later.

And yet.

The boys, at just twelve (Mark) and thirteen (Bryan), were extremely young to have been gone this long. Bryan had run away before, but never for longer than a day, and Mark had no history of running away. Furthermore, they were developmentally delayed, functioning on the level of seven- to ten-year-old children, and both suffered from bipolar disorder.

How could they have remained off the map this long? Did the boys meet with foul play? If they’re still alive, why haven’t they resurfaced and who’s helping them stay hidden? Were relatives investigated? Were some member or members of the boys’ families unhappy that they were living in a group home? Or is it possible they fell victim to sex trafficking? Due to their disabilities. I should think they would have been extremely vulnerable to any kind of exploitation — even more so than most runaways.

The case reminds me of Clayton Lynn McCarter and Rodney Michael Scott, who ran away from a Bowling Green, Kentucky children’s home three and a half years ago and still haven’t been found. They were almost the same age: fifteen and thirteen. Clayton was developmentally delayed and had psychiatric issues, just like Mark and Bryan, and there’s a good chance Rodney had similar problems though I don’t know that for sure. I’m not suggesting McCarter/Scott disappearances are related to Mark and Bryan’s, though, given the distance in both time and space.

So what do you think happened to Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes? Let’s talk about it.