What the….

Why is the the NCMEC all the sudden profiling disappearances from 1915? I mean, I appreciate that the boy¬†was never found and everything, but isn’t a case that old a bit beyond the scope of their operations? Are they actually going to do an age progression to 115 years? Cause that’s how old Noel Elijah Davis would be by now.

I don’t know whether to add him or not. I suppose there’s nothing in the Charley Project’s own guidelines saying I can’t, and the Dorothy Arnold case is older than that, but I’ve got thousands of cases waiting for me to put them up and more requests coming in every day and I’d rather focus on people who have a snowball’s chance of being located.

Book about Robert Dunbar

Sweet! I just discovered this book review for A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. The book is, in case you haven’t guessed already, about the still unresolved 1912 disappearance of four-year-old Robert Dunbar from Opelousas, Louisiana. The circumstances of the little boy’s disappearance were ordinary enough, but what happened eight months later was… well… the stuff of which books are made.

I’m actually surprised no one’s written a book about this before. I hadn’t heard of this one until I stumbled across the review. The hundredth anniversary of little Bobby’s disappearance is next August and I guess they wanted to capitalize on that.

From the review it sounds like a good book, “accomplishing an unusual feat: reprising headlines from 100 years ago and creating a new headline for contemporary readers.” It will be released on August 14 and the library has it on pre-order.

You know I could have had another Charley update done by now

…but no, I chose to spend the entire night looking at blogs including Cute Things in Paint, WTF Forever 21 and Zooborns. (Oh, and at Executed Today, where I have a new guest entry today. The Headsman edits my entries a bit, always to their benefit. Check it out, peeps!)

The missing people were neglected, but I did squeal and laugh a lot. A girl’s gotta have fun. But then I look at the long list of cases to add/update and feel guilty.

The Romanov children identified

The bodies of the lost children of the Czar Nicholas II of Russia have been identified through DNA testing. They were found in 2007, and there was never any doubt that it was them, but now it’s confirmed.

Nicholas II, his wife the Czarina Alexandra, and their five children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, were assassinated by Russian revolutionaries in 1918. Most of the bodies were located, but the youngest two, 17-year-old Anastasia and 13-year-old Alexei, were missing for nearly a century. I remember the day I heard the two children’s bodies had been found. I got very excited. I’m very interested in history in general and the Czar’s lost children are a famous historical mystery. One woman who called herself Anna Anderson popped up claiming she was Anastasia and had escaped the execution. She managed to convince a lot of people. I’ve seen pictures and the resemblance was striking, but I think mainly it was that people wanted Anastasia to have survived, because she was young and beautiful and innocent and they didn’t want to face the cold hard fact of her murder. (And also, it made for a terrific story.) After her death, DNA tests proved Anna Anderson wasn’t a Romanov.

Those children were killed simply because they happened to be born in the wrong family at the wrong time in history. I hope now they can be buried in a proper grave with their parents and sisters and will rest in peace.

I have a beautiful and haunting song called “Anastasia” which is about Anastasia Romanov, but parts of it could speak for the loved ones of all missing people:

I kept your room just how you left it
There’s not a toy out of place
Just in case the fates are kind and you come back someday
I don’t want to live without my little Anastasia