Jayme Closs and other things

So I’m on a downswing, in terms of my mood. I’m bipolar. This is my life and it will never change, though the five psychiatric medications I take daily mitigate the downswings.

It’s just been kind of hard to get anything done. I will decide to do some thing or other, then I’ll find myself just sitting there staring into space as I’m trying to get myself to move. Even something as simple as picking an object up off the floor.

The Jayme Closs thing has kind of gotten to me. Of course I’m delighted that she’s been found alive. That’s not what’s getting to me; that part’s great. What’s getting to me is what some people have been saying. It’s really hard not to take that personally because of what happened to me back in the day.

(If you haven’t read that far back in my blog, what happened to me is this: in 2009, while I was on a trip to Virginia, I got lost and a stranger offered to give me directions. Instead, he took me into the woods and beat the crap out of me and raped me multiple times. Then he gave me the directions he’d promised and let me go. In the aftermath of the attack, there were a bunch of people on the comments section of this blog, and in email, who accused me of making the whole thing up for who knows what reason. It was very hurtful, obviously. After almost a year the rapist, a serial offender, was identified through DNA and he’s since been deported.)

I was just writing on here about how people can make speculations online about cases, speculations with no evidence to support them, and how this isn’t helpful and can indeed be harmful, especially if the victim or their family sees it.

And some people are doing that about Jayme Closs now. They’re outright accusing her of the murder, or at least complicity to the murder, of her own parents. And the police have said they believe her abductor acted entirely alone, and that he did not know Jayme (who, I will point out, is thirteen years old), and that he had been stalking her, and that Jayme is a victim and not a suspect.

These people think they know better than the cops, I guess. Why? Because Jayme took a selfie after her reunion with her aunt and dog. Because she was clean and looked okay in the selfie. Because she was smiling.

OF COURSE SHE WAS SMILING. She’d just been reunited with her dog and what’s left of her family, after she thought she’d never see them again, and the monster who did this to her is locked up! Why shouldn’t she smile? Why wouldn’t she have gotten herself cleaned up, showered etc.?

At what point is a crime victim “allowed” to smile and act happy and still be considered a “legitimate” victim?

One of the so-called reasons people were calling me a liar about my rape was because I didn’t act “traumatized enough” to suit them, when in fact they didn’t know the first thing about it. They were only seeing words on a screen, on my blog.

And so some people, on the basis of a “feeling” or a “hunch”, and a photograph, are making dreadful accusations against a thirteen-year-old child who saw her parents get murdered and who spent the last three months, I’m assuming, as Jake Patterson’s sex slave, thinking every day would be her last.

Frankly it makes me sick. I hope Jayme’s aunt and other caregivers make sure she does not see those accusations. I’m not seeking them out myself, but when they get posted on the Charley Project’s Facebook page I kind of have to read them, though I delete them as quickly as I can.

When your source is Facebook

More and more often I find myself turning to Facebook for information about my cases. It’s amazing the kind of stuff you can find on there. Mostly, as I’ve said, I use it for photographs. But I can find other information about a missing person on Facebook. And my list of missing persons Facebook pages now stands at 650 links.

Sometimes, though, I’m not really sure how to cite my source when I do find something. For instance, the other day I found a photo of a missing guy on Facebook, and some additional information about him, such as the fact that he was an alcoholic and attended AA meetings. This was the only photo of him that I could find anywhere.

The person who put it on Facebook was, apparently, an acquaintance of the MP’s daughter, not someone close to the MP; in fact I’m not sure she even knew him at all. And she had made that post years ago. If I listed her Facebook page as a source she might not like that, her page being linked to an alcoholic missing person. She might not even remember her post from way back when.

So I wasn’t really sure what to do with that.

And here’s another question: if you are researching an MP and find she’s had a slew of arrests driving under the influence and public intoxication, several times a year for quite a few years up until her disappearance, should you list the MP as an alcoholic even though no one has outright said it?

Facebook finale

So yesterday I posted a third list of MP cases and their Facebook pages. But it occurred to me later that, as the previous two lists have link rot (being made prior to this year’s re-design of Charley), and as Facebook is such a valuable resource for missing persons awareness, maybe I should make this a more permanent thing.

So ta-da! If you look at the very top of this blog, it’ll say “Home” and “About” and, now, “Facebook Pages“. I’ve made a current list of exactly 600 MP cases from Charley and their respective Facebook pages. (Including open Facebook groups about the case, but excluding closed groups.)

I plan to keep this list current as cases are added and removed. Enjoy!

Even more Facebook

Although this isn’t Monday (and I’ve kind of discontinued my Make-a-List Mondays cause I just don’t want to do them anymore) I thought you guys would appreciate another list of Facebook pages out there created for specific missing persons cases.

These are the ones I know about which weren’t on my previous two lists of this. The first two lists are here and here. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list; it’s just cases on the Charley Project where they have currently existing Facebook pages that I know about. Some people have more than one page for them.

I would also like to state that social media’s a great resource to publicize missing persons cases, and you don’t need to be a relative or anything to make a Facebook page or group for a missing person; you can just be an interested party.

  1. Joseph Mario Abrams (Charley/Facebook)
  2. Brent Marshall Acomb (Charley/Facebook)
  3. Joshua Scott Adams (Charley/Facebook)
  4. Mark Daniel Aguilar (Charley/Facebook)
  5. Katelin Michelle Akens (Charley/Facebook)
  6. Raymond Paul Akins (Charley/Facebook)
  7. Mohammed Abdulmohsen Alghannam (Charley/Facebook)
  8. Bobby Dale Allen (Charley/Facebook)
  9. Debra Ann Allen (Charley/Facebook)
  10. Gabriel James Almiron and Emily Amada Quijano (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  11. Rebecca Jane Alsup (Charley/Facebook)
  12. Dennis Lee Anderson (Charley/Facebook)
  13. Leo Anicua (Charley/Facebook)
  14. David Phillip Askew (Charley/Facebook)
  15. Lucely Aramburo (Charley/Facebook)
  16. Jonathan Arash Barmaki (Charley/Facebook)
  17. Christina Lynn Bastian (Charley/Facebook)
  18. DonaMae Bourgeois Bayerl (Charley/Facebook)
  19. Keely Christabel Beaudry-Culver (Charley/Facebook)
  20. Ralph Belvedere and William Dewey Bragg III (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  21. Tarasha Benjamin (Charley/Facebook)
  22. Joshua Charles Berry (Charley/Facebook/Facebook)
  23. Dustin Lynn Bird (Charley/Facebook)
  24. Nancy Susan Bjork (Charley/Facebook)
  25. Marina Pearl Boelter (Charley/Facebook/Facebook)
  26. Christine Lee Boggio (Charley/Facebook)
  27. Shannah Marie Boiteau (Charley/Facebook)
  28. Darace Xavier Bolton (Charley/Facebook)
  29. Aliyah Boomer (Charley/Facebook)
  30. Karen Rae Bosta (Charley/Facebook)
  31. Jayme Malynn Bowen (Charley/Facebook)
  32. Krista Bowman (Charley/Facebook)
  33. Damon Lee Boyd (Charley/Facebook)
  34. David Allen Boyle (Charley/Facebook)
  35. Benjamin W. Brewer (Charley/Facebook)
  36. DeAnna Kay Brooks (Charley/Facebook)
  37. Edwin X. Brown (Charley/Facebook)
  38. Tamborah Brown (Charley/Facebook)
  39. George Stanley Burdynski Jr. (Charley/Facebook)
  40. Kristian Michael Burnstad (Charley/Facebook)
  41. Jacob Cabinaw (Charley/Facebook)
  42. Jennifer Cahill-Shadle (Charley/Facebook)
  43. Michael James Calvert (Charley/Facebook)
  44. Heather Leann Cameron (Charley/Facebook)
  45. Stacy Lynn Carson (Charley/Facebook)
  46. Natasha Alexandra Augusta Carter (Charley/Facebook)
  47. Amber Lynn Caton (Charley/Facebook)
  48. Autumn Starr Cerenil-Lee (Charley/Facebook)
  49. Alejandro Landa Cervantes (Charley/Facebook)
  50. Tyler Joel Christensen (Charley/Facebook)
  51. Cody Robert Christle (Charley/Facebook)
  52. Joanna Antoinette Clark and (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  53. Chelsea Michelle Cobo (Charley/Facebook)
  54. Christopher George Cochron (Charley/Facebook)
  55. Lawrence Scott Colton (Charley/Facebook)
  56. Donald E. Cook (Charley/Facebook)
  57. David Allen Crabtree (Charley/Facebook)
  58. Michelle Deanne Crawford (Charley/Facebook)
  59. Holly Paige Crider (Charley/Facebook)
  60. Camille Dorothy Dardanes (Charley/Facebook)
  61. Theresa Ann Davidson-Murphy (Charley/Facebook)
  62. Julie Gwenn Davis (Charley/Facebook)
  63. Kyle Richard Dinneen (Charley/Facebook)
  64. Annette Campbell Dodd (Charley/Facebook)
  65. Jennifer Marie Donais (Charley/Facebook)
  66. Patricia Marie Dudek (Charley/Facebook)
  67. Brenda Louise Dunham (Charley/Facebook)
  68. Akia Shawnta Eggleston (Charley/Facebook)
  69. William James Elgen (Charley/Facebook)
  70. Leanne Cleo Eller (Charley/Facebook)
  71. Beatriz Noemi Espinoza (Charley/Facebook)
  72. Lelia Faulkner (Charley/Facebook)
  73. Keith Allan Fetter (Charley/Facebook)
  74. Sylviane Finck-Lozada (Charley/Facebook)
  75. Robin Kristine Ford (Charley/Facebook)
  76. Daniel Joseph Frank Foster (Charley/Facebook)
  77. Kristopher Michael Fowler (Charley/Facebook)
  78. Amanda Lee Fravel (Charley/Facebook)
  79. Natasha Louise Fugate Jones (Charley/Facebook)
  80. Sylvia June Galvan (Charley/Facebook)
  81. Kianna Galvin (Charley/Facebook)
  82. Angel Garcia (Charley/Facebook)
  83. Rebecca Pauline Gary (Charley/Facebook)
  84. Melvin P. George (Charley/Facebook)
  85. Ember Skye Graham (Charley/Facebook)
  86. Jacob Randall Gray (Charley/Facebook/Facebook)
  87. Lisa Marie Green (Charley/Facebook)
  88. Maxine Eve Green (Charley/Facebook)
  89. Janice Marie Hannigan (Charley/Facebook)
  90. La’Ron Harris (Charley/Facebook)
  91. Shaniece Rose Harris (Charley/Facebook)
  92. Robert Gene Harrison (Charley/Facebook)
  93. Stephanie Dianne Hartwell (Charley/Facebook)
  94. Amy Lyn Haueter (Charley/Facebook)
  95. Larry Brian Haynes (Charley/Facebook)
  96. Roger Her (Charley/Facebook)
  97. Emily Lynn Hieber (Charley/Facebook)
  98. Ashley Standish Higgins (Charley/Facebook)
  99. Angelia Spaulding Hilbert (Charley/Facebook)
  100. Darren Bruce Hillis (Charley/Facebook)
  101. Heather Dialian Hodges (Charley/Facebook)
  102. Courtney Esther Danielle Holt and Samantha Jean Hopper (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  103. Angela Whalen Hudson (Charley/Facebook)
  104. William James Hummelsund (Charley/Facebook)
  105. Erica Nicole Hunt (Charley/Facebook)
  106. Charles Edward Jackson Jr. (Charley/Facebook)
  107. Keeshae Eunique Jacobs (Charley/Facebook)
  108. Julianne Cecilia Jaillet (Charley/Facebook)
  109. Brenda Ann Johnson (Charley/Facebook)
  110. Chloe Johnson and Keir Shante Johnson (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  111. Ronald Lee Johnson (Charley/Facebook)
  112. Typhenie Kae Johnson (Charley/Facebook)
  113. Donna Mae Jokumsen (Charley/Facebook)
  114. Kerry Grace Jones (Charley/Facebook)
  115. Juliah Karwitha (Charley/Facebook)
  116. Sebastian Henderson Kelley (Charley/Facebook)
  117. Amanda A. King (Charley/Facebook)
  118. Candyce Laverne Knox (Charley/Facebook)
  119. Asha Kreimer (Charley/Facebook)
  120. Patricia Ann Krieger (Charley/Facebook)
  121. DeOrr Jay Kunz Jr. (Charley/Facebook)
  122. Chase Allen Lackey (Charley/Facebook)
  123. Jacquelyn Landry (Charley/Facebook)
  124. Jesse J. Leopold (Charley/Facebook)
  125. Arturo Lepe (Charley/Facebook)
  126. Dewayne Lewis Jr. (Charley/Facebook)
  127. Maria Jesus Llamas (Charley/Facebook)
  128. Larissa Lone Hill (Charley/Facebook)
  129. Ashley Mariah Loring (Charley/Facebook)
  130. Jessica Michelle Lowery (Charley/Facebook)
  131. Jacob Irvine Lyon (Charley/Facebook)
  132. Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska (Charley/Facebook)
  133. Mackenzie Rae Marken (Charley/Facebook)
  134. Allen Christopher Martin (Charley/Facebook)
  135. Donnie Ray Martin III (Charley/Facebook)
  136. Thomas Edward Mascaro (Charley/Facebook)
  137. Jessica Lynne Masker (Charley/Facebook)
  138. Todd Bradley Jay Mathis (Charley/Facebook)
  139. David A. McAllister (Charley/Facebook)
  140. Karena S. McClerkin (Charley/Facebook)
  141. Patty Lisa McDaniel and Peggy Leslie McDaniel (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  142. Peggy Anne McGuire (Charley/Facebook)
  143. Carol Joan McHugh (Charley/Facebook)
  144. Alyssa Angelique McLemore (Charley/Facebook)
  145. Christopher Joseph McNeill (Charley/Facebook)
  146. Rachel Marie Mellon (Charley/Facebook)
  147. Eric Israel Mercado (Charley/Facebook)
  148. Cole Younger Middleton (Charley/Facebook)
  149. Kenneth Earl Mohler (Charley/Facebook)
  150. Moreira Elena Monsalve (Charley/Facebook)
  151. Elijah Hassan Moore and Enrique Martin Rios (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  152. Audrey Louise Moran and Jonathan David Reynoso (Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  153. Hoover Jerome Morris (Charley/Facebook)
  154. Crystal Dawn Morrison (Charley/Facebook)
  155. Richard William Moss (Charley/Facebook)
  156. Christine Abdellah Mustafa (Charley/Facebook)
  157. Dustin Kane Nations (Charley/Facebook)
  158. Norvel Robert Nelson III (Charley/Facebook)
  159. Dan Anh Nguyen, Johnson Nguyen, Anesia Sauta and Tony Sysavanh (Charley/Charley/Charley/Charley/Facebook)
  160. Daniel Michael O’Leary (Charley/Facebook)
  161. Billy H. Oliveira (Charley/Facebook)
  162. James Randolph Olsen (Charley/Facebook)
  163. David Jacquez Ortiz Jr. (Charley/Facebook)
  164. Elaine Park (Charley/Facebook)
  165. Rayman Anthony Patram (Charley/Facebook)
  166. Danyel Lynn Pauley (Charley/Facebook)
  167. Nancy Paulikas (Charley/Facebook)
  168. Lance Eugene Perkins (Charley/Facebook)
  169. Dona Marie Perry (Charley/Facebook)
  170. Samuel Richard Pharis (Charley/Facebook)
  171. Jennifer Lee Poole (Charley/Facebook)
  172. Zachary Bashir Porter (Charley/Facebook)
  173. Beverly Rose Potts (Charley/Facebook)
  174. Debra Elizabeth Puente (Charley/Facebook)
  175. Eric Wayne Pyles (Charley/Facebook)
  176. Beau Rasmussen (Charley/Facebook)
  177. Destry Richard Rhinehart (Charley/Facebook)
  178. Chaz Alfred Richardson (Charley/Facebook)
  179. Robert Rietzel (Charley/Facebook)
  180. LaTonya Dionne Roberts (Charley/Facebook)
  181. Jessie Grace Rubio-Montejano (Charley/Facebook)
  182. Michelle June Russ (Charley/Facebook)
  183. Maria Angelica Salas (Charley/Facebook)
  184. Lucero Sarabia (Charley/Facebook)
  185. Kenneth Albert Saunders (Charley/Facebook)
  186. Logan Drew Schiendelman (Charley/Facebook)
  187. Daniel Leon Scott (Charley/Facebook)
  188. Olga Vyacheslav Segal (Charley/Facebook)
  189. Brian Randall Shaffer (Charley/Facebook)
  190. Prentiss Dant’e Simpson (Charley/Facebook)
  191. Troy Irama Sirat (Charley/Facebook)
  192. Bruce Scott Smith (Charley/Facebook)
  193. Phillip Alan Smith (Charley/Facebook)
  194. Victoria Lynn Smith (Charley/Facebook)
  195. Vickie Annette Smock (Charley/Facebook)
  196. Jason Matthew Spraggins (Charley/Facebook)
  197. Ciara Simone Stacho (Charley/Facebook)
  198. Tina May Stadig (Charley/Facebook)
  199. Natoya Stephens (Charley/Facebook)
  200. Sarah L. Stern (Charley/Facebook)
  201. Tyler Andrew Stice (Charley/Facebook)
  202. Michael Alan Sutherland (Charley/Facebook)
  203. Krista Marie Sypher (Charley/Facebook)
  204. Derrick James Tenorio (Charley/Facebook)
  205. Robert Austin Tharp (Charley/Facebook)
  206. Duane Ryan Thomas (Charley/Facebook/Facebook)
  207. Kristy A. Thomas (Charley/Facebook)
  208. Marla Jean Thomas (Charley/Facebook)
  209. Rose Timperley (Charley/Facebook)
  210. Charles Lee Toliver (Charley/Facebook)
  211. Danielle Tolliver (Charley/Facebook)
  212. Teresa Lynn Towne-Woolard (Charley/Facebook)
  213. William Campbell Underhill (Charley/Facebook)
  214. Seth Allen Uptain (Charley/Facebook)
  215. Alejandro Vasquez (Charley/Facebook)
  216. Brianna Jayde Vibert (Charley/Facebook)
  217. Christopher William Vigil (Charley/Facebook)
  218. Edward William Viola (Charley/Facebook)
  219. Delecia Annette Waddy (Charley/Facebook)
  220. John Clinton Walker (Charley/Facebook)
  221. Wesley A. Wamsganz (Charley/Facebook)
  222. Joseph Weber IV (Charley/Facebook)
  223. Tyler Alan Welling (Charley/Facebook)
  224. Charles Phillip Wheat (Charley/Facebook)
  225. Holly Alcott White (Charley/Facebook)
  226. John Thomas White (Charley/Facebook)
  227. Brandon Steve Williams (Charley/Facebook)
  228. Kenneth Dewayne Williams (Charley/Facebook)
  229. Christopher James Winkler (Charley/Facebook)
  230. Michael Anthony Womack (Charley/Facebook)
  231. Gregory Young (Charley/Facebook)
  232. Joseph Leo Zak (Charley/Facebook)
  233. Carie Melissa Zapletal (Charley/Facebook)

Some general website stuff

So I found two more runaways with active Facebook pages (one Facebook page was sent to me, the other I found on my own). Wearily, I called the NCMEC about it. Shockingly, both girls are, in fact, still actually missing. The NCMEC thanked me for my info about their Facebook pages.

About Pride Month: much as I want to support the LGBTQ population, I don’t think I’m going to do that again. The problem is that, unlike, say, race, being LGBTQ isn’t a distinguishing characteristic, and most of the time I simply don’t know what an MP’s sexual orientation is. I don’t specifically mention it on casefiles anymore unless it’s relevant to the case. And so, I had a hard time coming up with enough LGBTQ missing persons to do one for every day in June, though I’m sure there are a thousand or so of them on my site.

I do, however, plan to run MP cases every day for the Hispanic and Native American populations’ respective months, as I did for the African-Americans and the Asian people. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. Native American Heritage Month is in November.