Thinking aloud in today’s updates

  1. This may be setting some kind of record in how many murder-without-a-body cases were included in a single day’s update: there are seven here (or five if you want to get picky). I’ve got John Charles Cizek, Marcia Ann Forsberg, Hoggle siblings Jacob and Sarah, Donna Mae Jokumsen, and Lyon sisters Katherine and Sheila.
  2. The info I added to Marcia Forsberg’s page came from one of those “keep in touch with your high school class” type sites. In her profile on the page, Marcia talks about how happy she is in her marriage to her husband, described as her “soul mate and best friend” and “the love of my life.” Little knowing that the love of her life would, by his own admission, kill and dismember her a couple of years later. That’s hella depressing to read.
  3. Why is the NCMEC using Photograph 1 of Cynthia Bravo on their poster for her when Photograph 2 (via CDOJ) is so much better quality?
  4. I wonder if it’s significant that Cynthia disappeared just before her birthday. In Hispanic communities there’s something called the quinceanera or the fiesta de quince aƱos, where there’s a massive party on a girl’s fifteenth birthday and she dresses up in a fancy formal dress, something like a prom dress or a wedding dress; it’s a rite of passage celebrating the girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood. Cynthia is Hispanic and vanished just one day before she would have turned fifteen. Just a thought.
  5. Another question/thought about Cynthia: who the heck runs away with no shoes on?
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A happy announcement

I’m pleased to announce that Preston Winfrey, a Missouri father of three and founder of a remote software and web development company called Ready Launch (website | Facebook) has volunteered to redesign the Charley Project’s website and drag it into the 21st century. At present, technology-wise, it’s stuck firmly in the mid-1990s.

This has actually been on the books for awhile but I didn’t want to say anything because I wasn’t sure it would go anywhere. I can’t pay Preston for this, so this is a strictly volunteer project, and in the past I’ve had people promise to redesign my site and then lose interest and disappear. But now I’m confident that Preston will follow through.

Preston is, of course, a true crime enthusiast and said he wants to “help in any way I can bring visibility to missing persons and want to fight for justice for those who can’t fight for themselves.” One of my own personal mottoes (a quote often misattributed to Theodore Roosevelt) is: “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.” With his mad skillz at programming, Preston is doing what he can with what he has where he’s at, and that’s all you can expect from any of us.

He has already shown me a prototype of what the site might look like — with help from web designer Rick Brewer of S03 Creative.

He wants to make my website mobile-friendly, and searchable in all kinds of ways, and both more user-friendly and operator-friendly. I look forward to working with him.

A few general announcements

Yashajara Angelino‘s casefile has eight new pictures of her, taken from Yashajara’s own social media pages.

I have decided that, in cases where the MP is wearing earrings in their photos, to note in the distinguishing characteristics that they have pierced ears. I am not going to do the same with nose rings, eyebrow rings, lip rings, etc., though, since a lot of people take those rings out and let the piercings close eventually, while most people — at least, most women — who get their ears pierced keep them pierced for life.

To this end, yesterday I went through my casefiles, beginning with the letter A, looking for pierced ears. Inevitably I was tempted to run names through Newspapers.com, which explains why there were so many updated cases for today with last names starting with A. I’ll start on B later.

I have also made a few name corrections. It turns out the Millbrooks twins, Jeannette and Dannette, are actually the Millbrook twins. Marylou Bostwick was identified in all the numerous Newspapers.com articles I read as Mary Lou or, sometimes, just Mary, so when I updated her case I changed the name to Mary Lou Bostwick. (I also corrected the date of disappearance; it had been off by a few days.) And Crystal Dawn Morrison‘s sister told Ed Dentzel, who told me, that Crystal Dawn Morrison Prentice was not her legal name, so I corrected that too.

Yeah, so I’ve been up all night

Spent all of yesterday evening and all night working on updates — first yesterday’s and then today’s. I posted twenty updates for yesterday and twenty for today — and today it was all new cases.

What I really like is when I can add cases that aren’t on NCMEC or NamUs. Like, sometimes I’ll randomly browse through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement database (which, though quite comprehensive for the state of Florida, is little known and has almost no pictures), and as I find cases I could potentially add I will keep plugging their names into Google and other online databases and archives, cross-referencing wherever I can so I can get photos of these MPs and put them on Charley.

It’s a really satisfying feeling for me to be able to add these previously overlooked cases. And I can hope that by adding them to Charley I can prompt other people to start entering them into NamUs, trying to make matches with UIDs, etc. And even in cases that are already in NamUs, I can often find additional information, photos, etc., that is worth putting out there.

But now my back is killing me and I don’t have any lidocaine patches for it. (En route home from the Cormier funeral in Massachusetts, a bottle of makeup remover came open in the trunk of my car and emptied its contents over everything, including my lidocaine patches, which were ruined. And they cost $8 each!) I think I’m going to gulp down a few Tylenol and maybe rub some Tiger Baum on the stiff muscles and try to go to bed.

Not sure what to do with this one

CDOJ has got a case in their database that puzzles me: one “Anuradha Fnu“, missing from Fremont, California on March 24, 2015.

The thing is, I’m quite sure that’s not her name. The letters “FNU” are used on official documents in this country to stand for “Family Name Unknown.”

I Googled “Anuradha” and that seems to be a common first name in India. That makes sense for this woman; CDOJ says she’s Indian.

I tried Googling “Fnu India” in hopes of discovering that “Fnu” was also a real Indian name, but nope. Instead I found this page written by this poor sap who moved from India to the U.S. only to have his surname mistakenly listed as Fnu on all his documents. (His real surname was listed as part of his first name.) He wrote his story to tell other people in the same situation how to correct the mistake.

I don’t know whether I should just put this woman up on Charley as “Anuradha Fnu” or whether I should just list her as “Anuradha” and explain that her last name isn’t available.

Thoughts, anyone?

A question

I was on Newspapers.com and ran the name of a person who disappeared in the early seventies. I knew she wore dentures, although she was only in her thirties. I just found out why: when she was in her twenties she was in a car accident and knocked out several of her teeth. I found an article about the accident; she was cited for driving without a license and failure to maintain a safe distance.

My question: does it make a difference how a person lost their teeth? Would they be able to tell by looking at a jawbone whether teeth merely fell out, or were pulled out, or outright knocked out? Cause if they can tell if teeth were knocked out, it’s worth mentioning that accident on her casefile.

Does anyone know? Thanks!