Let’s Talk About It: Kristopher Charles Loesch

Yeah, so I’ve decided to turn this “Let’s Talk About It” thing into a feature for as long as I can find strange cases with a lot of twists and turns and unanswered questions. Let’s make it Thursday’s, yeah? Juanita Oxenrider‘s one last week got a decent response so I’ll run with it.

So this Thursday I’d like to talk about Kristopher Charles Loesch. His official place and date of disappearance are given as May 16, 2001 in Post Falls, Idaho, when he was ten, but that’s kind of open to question. In fact, just about everything about Kristopher’s disappearance is open to question.

Whatever the case may be, Kristopher, who had been attending school under an alias name and living with a guardian, dropped out of sight around 2000 or 2001. His school never got any requests to forward his transcripts anywhere else. The guardian was later imprisoned for fraud.

Both of Christopher’s maternal grandparents were murdered in separate incidents in the 1990s, and the authorities think his mother, Tina Loesch, was involved. She was dating another woman, Skye Hanson. In 2008, warrants were issued for the couple’s arrest for the murder of Tina’s mother, and they were broadcast as fugitives on America’s Most Wanted. A few hours later, they killed themselves out in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. They left a very long suicide note saying they were innocent of murder. I’m not sure if the note mentioned Kristopher at all.

It seems the authorities didn’t start looking for Kristopher in earnest until after his mother’s and her girlfriend’s deaths in 2008, by which time he would have been 18. The most recent article I could find on the case dates from 2011; Kristopher’s uncle (Tina’s brother) still hopes for some kind of resolution, both in the murders and in his nephew’s disappearance.

He could be anywhere on this earth. Wherever he is, though, I doubt he’s still alive.

So what do y’all think? I yield the floor to you.

Kristopher Loesch article

I found this article about the 2001-ish disappearance of Kristopher Loesch; it seems his case is going to be profiled on the Discovery Channel. The story of his disappearance is very complicated and sordid, and it hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention.

Kristopher was living with a guardian for awhile, and attended school under the name Christopher Robinson. He quit going to school and it looks like he was homeschooled for awhile. He just dropped out of sight. The official date of his disappearance is listed as May 16, 2001, but I’m not sure how certain that is. Because he was with his mom when he disappeared, he wasn’t missed for awhile.

Kristopher’s family situation is thus: I don’t know who his father is. His grandfather, Gary, was murdered in 1995. The crime has never been solved. His grandmother, Barbara, was murdered in 1998. Her death was considered an accident until 2004, when a guy named Bradley Steckman confessed that he’d murdered her. Steckman said Kristopher’s mother, Tina, and Tina’s lesbian lover, Skye Hanson, had hired him to do it. Tina was going to get $500k in insurance on Barbara’s life and promised to pay him $10k of it, but she never did. In 2008, Tina and Skye were charged with Barbara’s murder and warrants were issued for them. The two women committed suicide together in Arizona just a few hours after they were shown on America’s Most Wanted.

And Kristopher? No one seems to know where he is or if he’s even alive. He was ten when he was last seen; he would now be 21. IF he’s alive. And I kind of doubt it. But if he is, maybe he’ll see or hear about the upcoming TV episode and show himself.