MP of the week, a bit early

Yeah, so tonight I’m taking off for my dad’s place, and early on Monday morning we’re leaving and driving to Philadelphia to visit the Mütter Museum. It’s an anatomical museum with exhibits such as a piece of Einstein’s brain and this skull collection. Anyway, I don’t anticipate being back until Wednesday, so I thought I’d post my MP of the week early.

This week it’s Violet Watzulik, an elderly woman who disappeared from Sarasota, Florida on June 10, 2000. Violet’s son Carl claims she just up and left on an extended cruise and never came back, but the authorities have their doubts. You can see an article copied and pasted on this CrimeWatchers thread, to the effect that Violet’s daughter believes she is dead, and Carl is the self-described “number one suspect” in her case. He still lives in Sarasota and, from what I can tell, has no serious criminal record. I found one arrest in 2011, on a minor drug charge.

Violet was declared legally dead in 2006. She would be 100 years old now, if she was still alive, which I’m quite sure she isn’t.

Make-a-List Monday: Seniors

Guys who have “Sr.” in their name — that is, they have sons who are juniors.

  1. Curtis Allen Sr.
  2. Larry Richard Baker Sr.
  3. Louis Boggs Sr.
  4. Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.
  5. James T. Boozer Sr.
  6. Harrison Butler Sr.
  7. Gerald William Carroll Sr.
  8. Charlie T. Chocknok Sr.
  9. Robert Samuel Cook Sr.
  10. William H. Crandell Sr.
  11. Robert C. Crew Sr.
  12. Joseph Albert Criner Sr.
  13. Joseph Paul D’Aquisto Sr.
  14. Crist Nelson Dauberman Sr.
  15. William LeRoy Douglas Sr.
  16. Leland Turak Driggs Sr.
  17. Terrence Andre Duplush Sr.
  18. John Parks Duty Sr.
  19. Antoine Edmond Sr.
  20. Jessie Curtis Edwards Sr.
  21. Ellis Faison Sr.
  22. William Henry Forshee Sr.
  23. Marion Bobby Gresham Sr.
  24. William Christopher Hensley Sr.
  25. Robert Harris Kelly Sr.
  26. Charles Ray Koller Sr.
  27. Michael T. Kroell Sr.
  28. Edward Lacz Sr.
  29. Joong Pyo Lee Sr.
  30. Robert G. Marvin Sr.
  31. Robert Nakashima Sr.
  32. Robert Lue Verne Odman Sr.
  33. Frank Oliva Sr.
  34. Franklin Jay Osgood Sr.
  35. Coley Patterson Sr.
  36. William Perez Sr.
  37. Israel Quintana Sr.
  38. Hank Roberts Sr.
  39. Kenneth Douglas Roberts Sr.
  40. Ernest Lopez Salado Sr.
  41. Lanis Serie Sr.
  42. Clarence Smith Sr.
  43. Willie Charles Standberry Sr.
  44. Daniel Daryl Standifer Sr.
  45. Charles Stonewall-Potts Sr.
  46. Everett Thompson Sr.
  47. Patrick D. Thompkins Sr.
  48. Robert Wayne Vollstedt Sr.
  49. Bill Dwayne Wheeler Sr.
  50. Robert Lee Wilson Sr.
  51. John William Wingler Sr.
  52. John Douglas Wisniewski Sr.
  53. Jerry Alfred Wolking Sr.
  54. Mickey Wright Sr.

Make-a-List Monday: Teachers

This list is of MPs who were schoolteachers or college professors. I decided to include retired teachers, substitute teachers and student teachers, but not people who were just education majors in college, and not ones who had quit their education jobs to pursue other careers.

My dad is a professor of biology at Ohio State. Michael’s dad is a teacher; he taught high school Spanish and history, and since his retirement he’s taught Spanish at a local college off and on. Michael has held teaching jobs too; right now he’s a full-time tutor. One of my nephews is also a teacher, high school science I think.

Education is essential in any society and a good teacher can make an enormous difference in the life of a young person, but teaching is a very difficult job, and in the U.S. — not sure about other countries — teachers are underpaid and underappreciated.

  1. Carolyn Denise Brown
  2. Sharon Eugenia Davis
  3. Thomas Lee Duesterhaus
  4. Dorothy Geneva Freeman
  5. Jesus Maria Galindez
  6. Stephanie Marie Gant-Brady
  7. Tara Faye Grinstead
  8. Alice Kristina Wehr Hummel
  9. Elizabeth Ann Kenyon
  10. Sandra Lynn Kerby
  11. Alyos Jakob Krost
  12. Vicky L. Lynn
  13. Shelley Mook
  14. Oliver Wendell Munson
  15. Jennie M. Rehbinder
  16. Paige Marie Renkoski
  17. Randy R. Sitter
  18. Charles Southern Jr.
  19. Katherine Lynn Stobaugh
  20. Deborah Jean Swanson
  21. Leonard Taku
  22. Jane Ellen Wakefield
  23. John E. Warren

Make-a-List Monday: Bus Stops

This week’s MALM is of MPs who were last seen at the bus stop or bus station. It seems to me that people, especially women and children, are kind of vulnerable at bus stops. They’re often standing close to the curb, within grabbing distance of passing motorists. People who are waiting for the bus are often tired, distracted, perhaps hungry, perhaps with their hands full of shopping or whatever, and just generally not at their best. Maybe the weather is terrible; maybe it’s raining or snowing or blisteringly cold, or maybe it’s humid and 95 degrees in the shade. And anyone who’s waiting for a bus obviously wants to go somewhere, and if someone pulls up and offers them a car ride to their destination — especially if it’s someone they know — the person might just say yes.

I did exclude people who were last seen walking towards or away from a bus stop. There are quite a few of those. But if a person was at the bus stop about to leave, or was about to board or even had already boarded, I put them on the list (provided, in the latter instance, that the bus hadn’t left yet).

  1. Ashok Ankam
  2. Paget Renee Barr
  3. Carol Ann Batterman
  4. Susan Robin Bender
  5. James Elwood Brady
  6. Allen Briscoe Jr.
  7. Larhonda Marie Bronson
  8. Jose Moreno Caballero
  9. Fernando Paul Cardenas
  10. Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins
  11. Ingrid Siomara Contreras
  12. Thwana Mithsell Darrough
  13. Kimberly Sue Doss
  14. Jeremiah Edward Foco*
  15. Mary Frances Gregory
  16. Gwendolyn M. Hooser
  17. Sandra Lee Hopler
  18. Rita Mae Hughes
  19. Barbara Ann Hutchinson
  20. Rochelle Maria Ihm
  21. Willie Mae Jackson
  22. Matthew Ellis Keith
  23. Joseph A. Krainak Jr.
  24. Alexandria Joy Lowitzer
  25. Faloma Luhk
  26. Maleina Quitugua Luhk
  27. Suzanne Gloria Lyall
  28. Heather Ann MacCrossen
  29. Kimberly Ann Mallard
  30. Pedro Castro Martinez
  31. Marta Alicia Michel
  32. Jackson Alexander Miller
  33. Alan Lee Morse
  34. Judith Erin O’Donnell
  35. Ariza Maria Olivares
  36. Carmen Maria Owens
  37. Byron Eric Page
  38. Francisco Robles Perez
  39. Annette Deanne Sagers
  40. Philistin Saintcyr
  41. Lloyd Melvin Thomas
  42. Kimberly Faye Thrower
  43. Delight Marie Watson
  44. John Albert Weichelt
  45. Billy Wellman
  46. Francis Loretta Heath Wells
  47. Nancy Debra Willis

*maybe

Flashback Friday: Edith Bonham

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Edith Irene Bonham, a 77-year-old woman missing since October 8, 1979. She disappeared from Monrovia, California, a mid-sized city in the San Gabriel Valley.

Like the last Flashback Friday case, a gentleman named Gary Wayne Dover, I don’t have much on Edith. In fact I have even less about her disappearance than I do about Gary’s. There’s no word if she had Alzheimer’s or dementia or any other health problems.

I ran her case through internet news archives and did find one 1980 article that said a “clairvoyant” claimed her body was buried in the desert. The article didn’t say much about the actual details of her disappearance, but there was a quote from the cops saying her disappearance was out of character and they didn’t think she was missing by choice.

If Edith was alive today she’d be 104. My guess is she died long ago. Like, 37 years ago.

Make-a-List Monday: Gold teeth

A pretty straightforward topic this week: MPs with gold teeth. I included people with gold crowns and caps and grills, but not mere gold fillings.

According to this dentistry website I found, aesthetics aside, gold is still the restoration material most preferred by dentists: “Most dentists themselves prefer gold restorations for their own teeth knowing that they will serve well for several decades, in some case more than 50 years. Cast gold crowns have no match with regard to long-term service and minimal wear to opposing teeth, their greatest advantage.”

  1. Alberto Batista
  2. Mamie Brown
  3. Jane Elizabeth Bui
  4. James Preston Davis
  5. Ronnie Odell Davis*
  6. Lurline H. DeWitt
  7. Torrence George Farrington
  8. Shanythia Mashelle Greene
  9. Mario Herrera
  10. Artdrunetta Lareann Hobbs
  11. Linda Ann House
  12. Alice Fay Jefferson*
  13. Sabah Nasheed Karriem-Conner
  14. Maria Socorro Kimbrell
  15. Anton Lawson
  16. Doris Paola Lopez Lopez
  17. Kimberly Lashawn Mack
  18. Lubov Marchenko
  19. Brandon Dante Raphelle Ralls
  20. Tamikqra Sandreia Rogers
  21. Victor Cruz Sanchez
  22. Antonio Yarnell Taylor
  23. Angie Denise Tucker
  24. Marcus Deon Virgin
  25. Yuette Wabbington
  26. Laresha Deana Walker
  27. Terrance Deon Williams

*maybe

MP anniversaries today

Courtesy of the Unfound Podcast‘s Twitter feed and my own checking:

  • Colleen Vanita Simpson, 14, missing since 1975 from Clearfield, Iowa. Disappeared from her home at night, classified as a non-family abduction, but I’ve got nothing on her. Wish I did.
  • Karen Lee Kohls, 31, missing since 1982 from Maumee, Ohio. Her car turned up parked at a nearby lake with chairs and fishing tackle locked inside it. Foul play is suspected.
  • Daniel A. Naylor, 14, missing since 1982 from Fremont, California. Although his case was classified as a runaway for decades, foul play is now suspected.
  • Babette Nadine Alberti, 23, missing since 1983 from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. I don’t have much on her, but she might have gone to Mississippi after her disappearance.
  • Michelle Doherty Thomas, 17, missing since 1985 from Santa Fe, Texas. She was a young wife and mother (she was last seen the day before her son’s first birthday), and had been a police informant prior to her disappearance. Two men were later indicted for her kidnapping but never brought to trial.
  • James Jamison, 75, missing since 1987 from Burlington, Iowa. He was last seen getting into a cab with suitcases; he’d planned to go to Chicago. His disappearance was seen as completely out of character, though.
  • Amanda Marie Rivera, 14, missing since 1990 from La Mesa, California. She was a recent MP of the week. I don’t have much on her.
  • Zeta D. Gordon, 43, missing since 1992 from Atchison County, Kansas. There’s speculation that her husband was involved in her case; he took his own life in 1998. She was MP of the week in 2004. Two months ago someone posted a comment on the blog entry: I was in Atchison for a friends wedding, I met the daughter of Wayne and Zeta. It was shortly after she went missing. There is a lot not being told in this story. The daughter pulled out a scrapbook of all the articles written about this story. They did I fact have 3 kids together, the daughter and oldest son believed there dad had everything to do with the mothers disappearance, the oldest son would no longer have anything to do with Wayne and the daughter who was barely out of high school who was still living at home was visibly scared of her dad when he walked in while she was showing us the scrapbook. She absolutely believed her dad was guilty the younger brother was to young to understand. The daughter said she thought that her mom and dad were meeting somewhere later to talk and that’s where her car was found. Her dad accused mom of having an affair with someone and was trying to shift the blame onto someone else. From everything the daughter said I believe he was to blame
  • Barry Paul Duncan, 38, missing since 1994 from Phoenix, Arizona. Eleven days later his truck turned up abandoned at the Gila River Indian Reservation. Foul play is suspected.
  • Kenneth William Harker, 34, missing since 1996 from Sioux City, Iowa. He was disabled due a head injury, although capable of living independently. Investigators believe he was murdered.
  • Ronald Leonard Farrell, 62, missing since 1999 from Hemet, California. He left on foot to go to the pharmacy several miles away and and fill a prescription, and never returned. Farrell was a retired Air Force veteran.
  • Andrea Michelle Reyes, 1, missing since 1999 from New Haven, Connecticut. A family abduction; her mother took her. Mom is from Mexico and well-experienced at crossing back and forth across the border.
  • George Boardman, 70, missing since 2000 from Bingham, Maine. Because he often left for weeks-long trips without telling anyone, his family didn’t notify the police he was gone until they failed to hear from him at Christmas. Foul play is suspected.
  • Tristen Alan Myers, 4, missing since 2000 from Roseboro, North Carolina. His story is exceptionally sad. Even before he disappeared, this poor little boy never had a chance.
  • Bedriye Sayrun, 33, missing since 2001 from Chicago, Illinois. Last seen at a restaurant in the early morning hours. She suffered from mental illness.
  • Eric M. Apatiki, 21, missing since 2004 from Nome, Alaska. He didn’t live there; he lived in a tiny village on St. Lawrence Island. He’d traveled to Nome to see his girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child.
  • Janita Gay Sites, 60, missing since 2005 from Las Vegas, Nevada. A murder-without-a-body case; her husband was convicted. He claimed self-defense but given that Janita was mostly wheelchair-bound, that didn’t exactly go well.
  • Christie L. Wilson, 27, missing since 2005 from Rocklin, California. This was also a murder-without-a-body case; Mario Flavio Garcia, a man she met at a casino the night she disappeared, was convicted in her death and sentenced to 59 years to life.
  • Uvaldo Moises Anaya, 64, missing since 2007 from Denver, Colorado. He was living with relatives at the time of his disappearance and was drinking and using hard drugs. For some reason at the time of his disappearance his left eye was painted over with white shoe polish.
  • Barbara D. G. Sears Frears, 56, missing since 2008 from Reno, Nevada. She had schizophrenia and lived in a group home for mentally ill people. Apparently she hopped a bus to San Francisco after she left the home.
  • Eric Lawrence Brown, 23, missing since 2009 from Tucson, Arizona. I don’t have much on him, but he did associate with a local street gang.
  • William Cameron Brown, 66, missing since 2010 from Monroe County, Florida. He lived in a houseboat and was traveling to shore in a dinghy but apparently never made it; the dinghy never turned up either.
  • David Christopher Allor, 56, missing since 2011 from Enterprise, Alabama. He may have tried to hitchhike to his previous hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Catherine Marie Tornquist, 56, missing since 2011 from Hot Springs, South Dakota. Another murder without a body. Her own son, Matthew, is serving LWOP in this case.
  • Citlalli Perez-Coronel, 13, missing since 2012 from Louisville, Kentucky. A runaway; she had previously run to Nashville, Tennessee and may have done so again.
  • Jason Lee Lovelady, 38, missing since 2013 from Whatcom County, Washington. He disappeared while gathering pinecones in the Mt. Baker Wilderness in the northern part of the state.
  • Melissa Dawn Eagleshield. 42, missing since 2014 from Becker County, Minnesota. She apparently left a friend’s rural home, shoeless, in the early morning hours and it’s possible she accepted a ride from a passing motorist.