Let’s talk about it: Four patients in the same medical practice

Between 1996 and 1997 four people, all of them in roughly the same age group, disappeared from the Los Angeles area: Robert Vincent Black, 64, on March 12, 1996; Patricia Laxer, 63, on August 11, 1997; Goldie A. Swanger, 75, on August 29, 1997; Richard Dean Davison, 70, on October 29, 1997. Mysteriously, not only were all four of these individuals patients of the same doctor (I never found out anything about him), but they all supposedly disappeared while going either to or from appointments with him.

The first answer that strikes me is “serial killer connected with the medical practice,” but what little I knew about the cases didn’t seem to indicate foul play; in fact the police not only suggested they were alive, but that each “may be a patient in a hospital or nursing home.”

In 2004, I found out Goldie Swanger’s case had been resolved, but I did not learn her fate at the time, whether she’d been found dead, or what. I blogged about this in 2011, and in 2014 a commenter, claiming to be Swanger’s biological son, left a comment on that blog entry. I quote from it below. He, his daughter Andria and another of Goldie’s granddaughters traveled to Los Angeles in 2000 or 2001 and

did a little investigation, got medical records from a doctor that Goldie was seeing before she became missing. That doctor told me that she saw him about once a month and then just never showed up and that he wondered what became of her! We found out where she was last at, alive, during her being “missing”. I believe it was a nursing home or something to that effect. I believe the government department that we today call the SRS had something to hide as they threw roadblocks in our search of Goldie.

I’m not sure what he means by SRS. Google turned up “special retirement supplement” which doesn’t make a lot of sense, and “supported residential services” which does, but supported residential services isn’t an American government department, only a service provided by the state government in Victoria, AUSTRALIA. My guess is he meant something similar to supported residential services that the U.S. or California government provide, but got the acronym wrong. Anyway, on with what Goldie Swanger’s son said:

It seems strange that as soon as my wife and I determined that her last name was Swanger and informed the SRS we knew her last name, the “SRS” had one hissy fit, and we determined that Goldie was still alive! But when we got to California she had passed away! Now that is strange! We found out where she lived previous to this facility and saw the place (apartment) and met and talked with a person who knew Goldie (an apartment neighbor). The administrator of the facility she was last at clammed up when we started to question the circumstance as to why Goldie was at this facility. Andria talked with a person who worked in that facility and knew Goldie as a patient(?). Andria has the info on this place. Goldie’s biological family believe that what we discovered may possibly be something to do with medicare fraud. The other missing persons in that area may just have been admitted to that same facility. We don’t know. We couldn’t find out.

The plot thickens indeed. This is most peculiar. I’d love to learn more about this case — some questions that come to mind are who was this doctor, what was his speciality, is he still practicing, what the MPs were seeing him for, and what were their general states of physical/mental health at the time they went missing? The facility administrator may have “clammed up” because there was something sketchy going on, but it could have been for confidentiality reasons (HIPAA).

I suppose it’s possible the other three could be still alive, particularly if they’re in a reasonably good care facility. (Key words being “possible” and “reasonably good”.) By now Black would be 85, Davis would be 89, and Laxer would be 83. But I wonder if anyone is even looking for them by now. If I was looking to imprison some people in a care facility against their will for the purposes of committing medical assistance fraud, I’d be targeting people with no living relatives, or at least no close relatives, and few ties to their community — people who would be easily missed.

So what happened to these people? Let’s talk about it.

Make-a-List Monday: Cross necklaces

A list of people who were wearing a cross necklace when they disappeared. This is quite a common jewelry item, for men as well as women, as you can see — perhaps the most common jewelry there is in the Christian world. Fun fact: although all crucifixes are cross necklaces, not all cross necklaces are crucifixes. A crucifix has to have Jesus on the cross pendant. I know because I just looked it up.

  1. Peter Achermann
  2. Rosio Monica Beltran
  3. Nancy Leah Brannon*
  4. Alex James Buonassisi
  5. Michelle Lee Burchell
  6. Kimberly Shawn Cheatham
  7. Cody Robert Christle
  8. Matthew Jonathan Curtis*
  9. Peggy Ilene Humber
  10. Jesse Gabriel Florez
  11. Dean Leslie French
  12. Omar Jabree Gibson
  13. Scott Kevin Jared
  14. Janice Yvonne Johnson
  15. El Shawndrae Devon Jones
  16. Kathleen Kelly
  17. Robert Keck
  18. Yul Demetrius Kennedy
  19. Patricia Ann Krieger
  20. Ruth Ann Leamon
  21. Nieko Anthony Lisi
  22. Tommie Lee Lowery
  23. Larry Don Madden
  24. Tammy Mahoney
  25. Lubov Marchenko
  26. Carmen Magdalena Mares
  27. Wilbert Martin
  28. Ashley Nicole Martin Mauldin
  29. Gloria White Moore McDonald
  30. Shane Lawrence McKinney*
  31. Lori Ann Murchison-Dunbar
  32. Kenny Manuel Naidas Jr.
  33. Nguyet Minh Nguyen
  34. Georgia Darlene Nolan
  35. Michelle Loree Parker
  36. Bernadine Paul
  37. Kara Denora Rigdon
  38. William Larry Roland
  39. Michelle Lee Rust
  40. Jason Joseph Ryan*
  41. Jairo Javier Sanchez
  42. Lisa Ann Schmidt
  43. Miguel Sonny Scott
  44. Yvonne Renee Scott
  45. Bethany Anne Sinclair
  46. Sharon Rose Sons
  47. Walter Shannon Stevenson
  48. William Paul Smolinski Jr.
  49. Lisa Alaria Szasz-Lazzaro
  50. Angel Antonio Torres
  51. Vikki L.Vukelich
  52. Donald Beams Wallace
  53. Jacob Wallace
  54. Grongie Ward
  55. Rasheeyda Robinson Wilson
  56. Dawn Marie Young
  57. Violet Nancy Zarb

*maybe

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.