In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP every day for the month of May. Today’s case (which was supposed to run last night but didn’t; I forgot to schedule it and it was stuck in drafts) is Song Im Joseph, a 20-year-old Korean-American woman who disappeared from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on June 8, 1975.
Song had been born and raised in South Korea and moved to the U.S. in late 1974 after she married an American serviceman, Alton Joseph. By the time of her disappearance, mere months into their marriage, the couple was having unspecified problems, and Song told people she was being followed around by a Korean-speaking man.
It really doesn’t look good for her and I feel deeply sorry for her. I mean, she was a young woman who moved to another country, another culture, to have a happy life, a better life than she might have expected in South Korea, and then everything so rapidly went sideways.
This concludes my Asian Pacific American Heritage Month posts. See you next year.
In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Jamir Bashir Richardson, a 30-year-old who disappeared from Wilmington, Delaware on May 14, 2012.
The circumstances seem to indicate suicide: Jamir was despondent over the loss of his job and had told his wife he felt suicidal, and his car was found abandoned next to the Christina River with all his stuff inside.
However, the bodies of most suicide victims are found, and Jamir’s never was. I wonder how thoroughly they searched the river for him.
My second Executed Today entry of the month: May and Howard Carey, a mother and son hanged in Delaware on this day in 1935. They’d killed May’s brother, Robert Hitchens, for his insurance policy, worth $2,000 — the equivalent of 35k in 2017, sez this inflation calculator. One of May’s other sons, sixteen-year-old James, got life in prison for his role in the murder.
I’ve got two more entries this month, on the 17th and the 19th. (Unless I write some more. Which I might, who knows. I bet I could get some out of the books I bought at Auschwitz.)
A little bird Twitter told me they’re making a documentary about the 2010 disappearance of Janteyl Johnson, who was only 15 years old and pregnant when she vanished. She’s classified as a runaway. The documentary trailer can be viewed here. I don’t know very much about this case and neither, apparently, does anyone else. Hopefully the film will change that.
This week’s featured missing person is AbdulNur Wilson, a teenage boy who disappeared from Wilmington, Delaware in 1998. He was listed on the NCMEC site for a long time, classified as a runaway. He’s no longer on there, but he is on NamUs.
Given AbdulNur’s involvement with drugs and the length of time that’s passed since his disappearance, it’s entirely on the cards that he met with foul play. It seems like if he were still in the local area and still alive, they’d have found him by now.
Truman Thurman White, a woman beater, child abuser and all-around dirt bag, who almost certainly murdered his one-month-old son Shawn, is, I believe, due to be released from prison this year. Or perhaps he’s out already, I don’t know. I tried to find some information about him on the web but didn’t find anything that isn’t already in Shawn’s casefile. I bet Shawn’s mom is on Facebook or something, but there must be hundreds of people named Tonya Graham, and even if I found the right one it’s against my personal rules to cold-contact her.
Shawn and Jay-Quan Mosley, another chubby-cheeked infant who was killed by his father, touch my heart. Shawn looks so innocent in his photo. And Jay-Quan, so joyful.
I think this is the first time I’ve profiled a probable suicide for Flashback Friday. It’s pretty obvious what happened to Donna Urban: on February 7, 1983, she jumped off a bridge over the Delaware River, presumably to her death, at the age of 23. Over 30 years later, it’s unlikely her body will ever be found.
Another young life lost to depression. Wherever she is, I hope she’s finally at peace.