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 años, 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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Not on Namus, Part IV

As per before, an * at the end of a name means their case is in NamUs but without a photo attached.

Also, I added a new photo of Rochelle Denise Battle just now.

  1. Majestees Aaron
  2. Henry Peter Ackerman
  3. Walter Thomas Ackerson Jr.
  4. Lilia Edith Anguiano
  5. Christopher J. Benedetto
  6. Robin Nadine Benedict
  7. Frank Lee Black Jr.
  8. Christine Blackburn-Wiles
  9. Bruce Blackwood
  10. Edna Laverne Blodgett
  11. Andrea Nicole Boyette
  12. Jake Branam
  13. Kelly Branam
  14. Kedrian Lenard Briggs
  15. Corey Lynn Brooks
  16. Amanda Victoria Brown
  17. Nicole Lynn Bryner
  18. Scott Murray Campbell
  19. Enedelia Castro*
  20. Curtis Eugene Chillingworth
  21. Marjorie Croude McKinley Chillingworth
  22. Paul Steven Cosner
  23. Jasmine Michelle Cruz
  24. Joan Audrey Davis
  25. Peter Davis
  26. Edwin Craig Dowell
  27. Christine Claudette Dumont
  28. Yadira Espinoza
  29. Averie Grace Evans
  30. Sarah J. Feather
  31. Marcia Ann Forsberg
  32. William Gaffney
  33. Ruben Gallegos
  34. Scott Gamble
  35. Jeffrey Dean Gerald
  36. Claudine Jaquier Gifford
  37. Elvia Veronica Gomez Zapien*
  38. Andrea R. Gonzalez
  39. Kristy Ann Green
  40. Kevin R. Harkins
  41. Audrey Lynn Harris
  42. James Lee Haynes
  43. Lesley Anne Herring
  44. Larry Joe Hicks
  45. James P. Higham III
  46. Joel Hoag
  47. William Hoag
  48. Melvin Charles Horst
  49. Cheryl Huff
  50. John Gregory Hughes
  51. Shara Hunter
  52. Elisabeth Ann Huster
  53. Jack Irwin
  54. A’Shia Monique Jenkins
  55. Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins*
  56. Virginia Jewell
  57. Randy Johnson
  58. Samuel Kairy
  59. Karl Terry Karbowski
  60. Mary Sue Kitts
  61. Carl Stephen Knight
  62. Patricia Denise Knight
  63. Bongak Koja
  64. Clifford Lambert
  65. Janeice Langs
  66. Shaun Clifford Laughlin
  67. Arturo Lepe
  68. Christopher Lerch
  69. Peggy Ann Lerch
  70. Ronald George Levin
  71. James Dupree Lewis Jr.
  72. Jennifer Long
  73. Kimberly Lashawn Mack
  74. Irina Malezhik
  75. Elizabeth Marriott
  76. Joseph Arthur Martin Jr.
  77. Joseph Patrick Martin
  78. Jorge Aguilar Mata
  79. Richard Edward McCrary
  80. Michael McDowell
  81. Arthur Gerald Noske
  82. Oscar Ochoa
  83. Melvin Pittman
  84. Christopher Craig Prows
  85. Michelle Kelly Pulsifer
  86. Glenda Diane Quisenberry
  87. Heidi Ann Rhodes
  88. Carl Wayne Rotstein
  89. Alejandro Sanchez
  90. Federico Sanchez Jr.*
  91. Pamela Beth Schlitz
  92. Daniel Sites
  93. Stephen E. Smith
  94. Thaddeus John Szczypta
  95. Mitchell Szegi
  96. Ernest Taylor
  97. Zoey Kainoa Thomas
  98. Tate Torres
  99. Carlos M. Trotz
  100. Alvin Turner
  101. Daniel Torres Ventura
  102. Edward William Viola
  103. Leo Roy Whitehead*
  104. Wendell Williams
  105. Patrick Albert Wright*
  106. Evon Young

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.

I’ve been detoxing, so to speak

Last spring-ish, on the advice of my dentist and about a million other people, I decided to stop drinking so much pop. I fell off the wagon in November, and I decided I’d better get back on before my trip to Poland, because I believe pop is both more expensive and hard to find there.

End result is I’ve been sleeping most of the day for the better part of a week.

I think I’m back on the wagon now, and I’ll update later today — much later, because in a little bit I’m taking off for Reynoldsburg, where they’re holding a missing persons event and Gina DeJesus is going to speak.

I’ve been up all night…

Spent much of the night prying photographs loose from the Newspapers.com archives, for MP cases that have NamUs pages but no pictures. My efforts yielded… three pictures. That’s all. But three pictures means three casefiles for the Charley Project, and perhaps the photos I found will eventually migrate to NamUs, so there you go.

It’s really frustrating when I know a ton of information about a case but I can’t put it on Charley due to lack of a picture. NamUs, for instance, has the case of an HIV-positive infant who was abducted by her babysitter back in the 1980s. Plenty of details, interviews with her parents, name and description of the babysitter (whose identity is known), etc — but I have no photo of the baby. (And without her AZT drugs, that baby is almost certainly dead now.)

There was another case I found where a teenager was washed away in a flood, along with the busload of people of he was sitting in. His was the only body not recovered, and for years afterwards his parents persisted in the hope that he might still be alive. It’s a very sad story and again, there are plenty of details. In fact, Newspapers.com actually had a picture of this kid, but it was of such poor quality that even I, with my utterly abysmal standards, could not accept it. So disappointing!

I shall be internet-less for a few days

I had mentioned having woes with our service provider (which happens to be Frontier — after five solid months of over-billing us, you guys can go jump in a lake). We are switching to another provider (Xfinity, which also has a horrible record, but it’s the only other choice in this town) but it will take a day or two. So it looks like today and Wednesday there shall be no internet access at home. It’s probably been cut off already but as I’m at the library I don’t know. That is all.

A few edits/additions

I have updated my “About the Administrator” page on Charley with a more detailed account of my life and an up-to-date description of my interests. My pet rats, for example, have all crossed the rainbow bridge, but Michael and I have two wonderful cats now. I included a link to the blog entry that explains my weird education — no, unlike what certain people have said, I have a diploma and not a GED, thank you very much.

I also added the Christmas Eve pic I posted on here, with me holding that ridiculously adorable puppy. I really like that picture and I really like my new cut and color (although the pink is getting a little bit lighter with each hair wash, sigh). I also really like that sweater I’m wearing; it’s my favorite. I got it off Etsy in 2014, using a gift card someone gave me for my birthday. The price was $20.24 including shipping, which is an awesome deal given that it’s 100% cashmere and looked as if it had never been worn, but then I looked up the brand when it arrived and discovered cashmere sweaters from that company retail for as much as $750! But anyway…

I have also updated the “Site History” page with bits about the Facebook and Twitter accounts. (I decided to list their dates of creation as the times when they were created by other people, not the times when I took over the running of them.) And I removed the bits about the links page and the disclaimer page since those no longer exist.

I haven’t heard from Jennifer Marra in like, ten years. Sometimes I wonder if maybe she reads this blog. Facebook, at one point, had her as one of the “people you may know” and suggested I friend her, but I didn’t. Jennifer and I may have parted ways, probably forever, but she was one of the most profound influences of my life and I personally owe her a great deal, as do many other people. I think of her every day and I always make sure to mention her to reporters and stuff when they ask me about how I got into missing people and how and why I founded the Charley Project. Wherever she is, I hope she’s well and happy.