Select It Sunday: Sharon Baldeagle

This week’s Select It Sunday is Sharon Baldeagle (often named as Sharon Bald Eagle), chosen by Fluttergirl. She was twelve when she disappeared on September 18, 1984, and her case has for some reason fascinated me since I started getting interested in MPs, back when I was the same age that Sharon was when she was taken. I actually blogged about her once before, exactly three years and one week ago.

Sharon and a fifteen-year-old friend ran away from Eagle Butte, South Dakota, which is on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, the fourth-largest reservation in the U.S. Sharon was Native American, presumably Cheyenne River Sioux, and probably her friend was too. They were hitchhiking in Casper, Wyoming, almost a six-hour drive from home, when they got picked up by Royal Russell Long, a truck driver who took them to his house in Evansville. There he attacked them, raping the older girl and beating Sharon. Sharon’s friend escaped and went for help, but by the time the authorities arrived at the scene, Long and his other captive were gone.

Long wasn’t arrested until the following year; by then he’d gone to New Mexico. He claimed Sharon was alive and well the last time he saw her, but let’s face it, what are the chances of that? He was convicted of two counts of kidnapping — that of Sharon and her friend — and died in prison 25 years ago.

Long was probably serial killer; he’s also a suspect in the cases of Carlene Brown, Christy Gross, Deborah Rae Meyer, Jayleen Dawn Baker, Charlotte June Kinsey, and Cinda Leann Pallett, who ranged in age from ten to nineteen. Carlene and Christy disappeared together from a rodeo in Rawlins, Wyoming in July 1974, and Deborah and Jayleen disappeared, nineteen days apart, from the same area in August of that year. Cinda and Charlotte from a fair in Oklahoma in 1981 — Long was actually charged with their murders, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence. Only Christy and Jayleen’s bodies were ever found.

I think it’s pretty obvious what must have happened to Sharon; I only wish her family had answers. Her father was alive as 2013 and still hoping to find her — he looked all over the country for her. I’m not sure if he’s still living as he had cancer in 2013, but I can’t find an obituary for him.

I wonder if anyone’s ever written a book about Royal Russell Long. Serial killers are a popular topic in literature, after all. If someone has, I’d love to read it.

Idling again and feeling down

As all of you have noticed I’m sure, I haven’t done much either Charley-wise or blog-wise. I’ve got like 25 cases to resolve and I don’t want to do them. Ugh. I’m not feeling good, either physically or mentally. Every year, for a day or so, hay fever kicks me flat on my butt — and that’s today. The mental thing is, I think, partly on account of how I’ve been playing fast and loose with my crazymeds lately. That tends to put me in an Emil Dorian kind of mood. But this too shall pass.

And, in the latest in very old MP news. (And yes I will update today, though it may not be much.)

Missing: Montana woman hopes to close one of Rawlins’ darkest cases: this is about Carlene Brown and has a much better version of Charley’s photo of her. Carlene and a friend disappeared from Rawlins, Wyoming way back in 1974. (Michael would have been about six weeks old at the time.) The following month, Deborah Meyer and another girl vanished — separately — from the same town, which Wikipedia says has a current population of about 10,000. Two of the missing girls were found, but not Carlene or Deborah. They are presumed to be victims of a serial killer.

This is about a Jane Doe rather than an MP, but anyway, forensic testing has determined that the long-unidentified Princess Doe, who was murdered in New Jersey in 1982, was probably from Arizona originally but spent time in the Northeast for several months prior to her death.

There’s also this detailed article about Norine Boyd, who disappeared from Idaho in 1988. I hadn’t seen much press on her before. There’s a little bit there that I didn’t already have.

And there’s an article plus a video about Donella “Jeannie” Coultas, missing 33 years in December. Her family thinks her husband did it. He says they had an argument and she just left. As per usual.