Executed Today, Watson and Wimberly

My latest Executed Today post: two American soldier-rapists named Joseph Watson and Willie Wimberly, who raped a French civilian at gunpoint and shot both her and her father during World War II.

I hope the poor woman was able to recover from her ordeal, psychologically as well as physically. What an awful thing for our American soldiers to do on territory they were supposed to be liberating. Watson and Wimberly richly deserved their fate.

The Klein kids

I had meant to put the Klein boys up on Charley today: Daniel, David and Kenneth, missing for over 60 years now. It must have been a stupendous case at the time. I mean, three little boys, brothers, vanishing into thin air like that. I bet there was plenty of news coverage if I were to start digging in online archives and, perhaps, my local library’s microfilm collection. Maybe the case has a few mentions or even whole chapters in books concerning 20th-century Minneapolis history.

Slight problem, though: none of the boys have a law enforcement contact listed for them. I would assume the Minneapolis PD is investigating, but I don’t know that for sure. Indeed, I don’t know if any LE is investigating at all. I’ve put up old cases without LE contact before, for historical interest, but I think they were all older than this one.

A universal question

Here’s a question for the MP devotees out there: at what point do you think law enforcement should just give up? By which I mean, not just make the case inactive, but close it and donate the files to the local historical society and announce they’re not going to spend another dollar of public money on it because too much time has passed?

This past spring I wrote in astonishment about how the NCMEC had put up a poster for Noel Elijah Davis, who disappeared in 19-fracking-15. I have not put up a casefile for Noel, and do not intend to, because I really don’t see the point. I even joked about it with my friends, suggesting the NCMEC might make an age-progression of him to his current age (which would now be 116), and the picture would of course be of a skull.

Yet, there is a Reno Police Department phone number on the poster, so I assume they must have a file open for him.

Well, that just came out of nowhere

My ever-reliable source Jaime sent me this article about Elsie Roane. It turns out the suspect in her case is male, and still alive. He was about her own age at the time of her disappearance.

But more to the point, the police chief is quoted out of nowhere saying, “My focus right now is to find Elsie Mae and her child and give them a proper burial.”

Um…child? What child? No one previously said anything about a child.

I’m guessing she must have been pregnant at the time of her disappearance, then. I’ll have to make a note in her casefile. I wonder if the suspect is the baby’s father.