A few weeks ago my friend Sean Munger profiled the disappearance of Madeline “Lynn” Babcock, missing for 45 years now. I forgot to mention this before. Sean, as many readers know, also ran Charley’s Twitter feed; or, at least he did until last month when he got sick and I was granted temporary guardianship. (Watch for two MPs a day, one male, one female, at a little after 1:00 a.m. EST. Thanks to TweetDeck, a really handy bit of software, I’ve got ’em pre-scheduled.)
Madeline looks quite beautiful in the only decent picture of her, which was taken when she was 15. (She was 35 at the time of her disappearance.) The other photos, while much more recent, are low quality and it’s hard to tell what she even looked like as an adult. But who knows, maybe more pictures, or better versions of the ones I already have, will show up on NamUs or somewhere someday.
Ten days ago Sean also posted an entry on the discovery of the McStay family’s remains.
To the surprise of nobody, the two children’s remains found with Summer and Joseph McStay’s bodies have been identified as their kids, four-year-old Gianni and three-year-old Joseph Jr. Still no info on cause of death or suspects or anything like that.
Per the Los Angeles Times: the bodies have been identified as the McStays. Or, rather, the adult skeletons have been identified as Joseph and Summer, and they’re assuming the child skeletons are of the two boys. Obviously, this was a homicide; dead people don’t bury themselves.
I don’t know what else to say, beyond that this is very, very sad. I mean, who massacres a whole family, including two children under five?
I really hope they find out who did this.
I have gotten a bunch of emails with links to articles saying Joseph McStay, his wife Summer and their kids Joseph Jr. and Gianni have been found buried in the desert near Victorville, California.
They DID find four bodies, and some news orgs are quoting sources that it’s the McStay family, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet so I’ll leave it there. Though I’m pretty sure it’s them.
Sean’s done a very good blog entry recapping the disappearances of the McStay family: Joseph McStay, his wife Summer, and their two small boys Gianni and Joseph Jr. Sean also reviewed a book written about the case, and based on what he said about it, I think I’ll pass on reading it. That case is about as mysterious as you’ll find anywhere; I don’t think I’ve seen another one like it, and I’ve seen just about everything. I agree with him that if it isn’t solved, it seems destined to become something historic.