What is it with MWAB cases lately?

The past few months have seen a flurry of murder-without-a-body (hereby christened “MWAB”) cases. They just keep coming down the track one after another. I’m glad prosecutors are getting bolder about these; I only hope they can prove their cases.

Here’s a rundown of all the recent ones I know about, that aren’t mentioned on Charley yet:

In September, longtime suspect Steven Lorenzo was charged with the murder of Jason Galehouse, who disappeared in 2003 from Florida.
In October, Vernon and Deborah Calloway were charged with the murder of Patricia Calloway. who disappeared in 1993 from Kentucky. They were her ex-siblings-in-law.
Also in October, William Cumber was charged with the murder of Sabine Musil-Buehler, who’s been missing from Florida since 2008. Cumber was her boyfriend.
In November, Danny Ross Giles was charged with the murder of Tracey Brazzel, who vanished from Washington in 1995. He was also charged with the murder of another local young woman who disappeared around the same time and was found a week later.
Also in November, Chester Price was charged with the murder of Andrea Gail Parsons. She’s been missing from Florida since 1994.
This month, Ed Henline Sr. and his son Ed Jr. were charged with the murder of Hannah Zaccaglini, as I previously noted on this blog. Hannah’s been missing from California since 1997.
Also this month, Leila Mulla and Dalton Dunnagan have been charged with the murder of Gary Kergan, who disappeared from Louisiana in 1984. They had actually been arrested for his murder right after it happened, but released for lack of evidence.

Also, in November, Dion Kaseta was convicted of manslaughter in the case of Kimberly Mimmovich, who’s been missing from Florida since 2001. He was her boyfriend.
And the trial in the Rilya Wilson case is ongoing.

I think that’s all of them.

Surprise arrest in Zaccaglini case

Today they arrested Ed Henline Sr. for the murder of Hannah Zaccaglini. She was fifteen years old when she disappeared near his home in McCloud, California in 1997. Ed Henline had long been considered a suspect in Hannah’s case but I had no idea they were planning to arrest him. I know they were also looking at Wesley Shermantine.

This article has a current picture of Henline. I can’t find any details about just what evidence they have against him, but I hope it’s enough to make the charge stick. Proving murder without a body is very hard of course, but if you look at my Corpus Delicti listings you’ll see the “convictions” list is more than three times longer than the “acquittals” one.

Karen Mero’s father dies

The Redding Record-Searchlight has reported that Robert Neil Knechtel, father of Karen Knechtel Mero, died this past Monday. He was 67 years old and had been in poor health for some time, a fact he blamed in part on his daughter’s disappearance. Karen’s mother, Alice, is still alive.

Karen disappeared from McCloud, California in 1997, at the age of 27. Authorities think she may have been the victim of a serial killer. Wesley Howard Shermantine, who was convicted in four women’s presumed deaths (including two cases where the bodies were never found) and suspected in the disappearance of Hannah Zaccaglini (who also disappeared from McCloud in 1997), is the prime suspect in Karen’s disappearance as well.