This is just so sad

I mean, all murder cases are sad, but I just wrote up the story of Racine Lamour Taliaferro‘s disappearance and murder and boy am I depressed right now.

I mean, here’s a nice-looking young woman who obviously cared a lot about her appearance, with the makeup and jewelry and hair and everything, as evidenced by her Facebook page. And she winds up dating this dirt bag, a member of a whole CLUB of dirt bags with official dirt bag rules like “our girlfriends are our property,” and this was her whole downfall.

I’m sure that dirt bag had abused her many times before he murdered her; there must have been a lot of pain hiding behind that smile. I wonder if he gave her that scar on her arm.

Racine deserved so much better than to be that dirt bag’s, or anyone’s “property.” She deserved better than to die choking and coughing up blood before she was even out of her twenties.

At the very least she deserves a grave where the people who really loved her can visit. And she doesn’t even have that.

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MP of the week: Eugene Brown III

This week’s featured MP (which was supposed to go up yesterday I know) is Eugene Brown III, a 23-year-old black man who disappeared from Detroit, Michigan on November 15, 2008.

He was seen at a casino on the evening of the 14th, and was heard from (I’m assuming he called someone or they called him) at 1:00 a.m. on the 15th. Later, his car was found abandoned and burned, which doesn’t sound good at all.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Tangena Hussain

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Tangena Hussain, a two-year-old girl who disappeared from Detroit, Michigan on October 2, 2008. She is of Bangladeshi descent.

Tangena’s mother’s boyfriend, Jamrul Hussain (no relation) is the last person known to have seen her, and his behavior in the aftermath of her disappearance is pretty sketchy. He didn’t immediately alert the authorities when she was supposedly abducted from his car while he was stopped at a gas station. By the time the police were called, nearly half an hour had passed.

Jamrul was later sentenced to one to fifteen years in prison on an unrelated statutory rape charge involving a teenage girl. I don’t know whether he’s still in prison or not, but a search of offenders in the Michigan Department of Corrections doesn’t turn up anyone by that name. Last I heard, he hadn’t been officially named as a suspect in Tangena’s disappearance, simply because there’s no evidence as to what happened to the little girl.

Tangena’s mother has returned to Bangladesh and the case has gone cold. I haven’t seen any news about this missing child in a long time.

If still alive, Tangena would be twelve years old today.

Much ado about nothing?

So I wrote earlier about how they were digging up a suspected mass grave in Michigan, and thought as many as five missing girls might be there. I’ll list them again:

  1. Cynthia Coon, 13, missing from Washtenaw County since January 19, 1970
  2. Nadine Jean O’Dell, 16, missing from Inkster since August 16, 1974
  3. Kimberly Alice King, 12, missing from Warren since September 16, 1979
  4. Kim Marie Larrow, 13, missing from Canton since June 8, 1981
  5. Kellie Marie Brownlee, 17, missing from Novi since May 20, 1982

Well, after a solid week out there with shovels and relatives pitching in (!), the dig is finished and they found…nothing. No human remains.

Obviously this is a profound disappointment for everybody and I have to wonder if there’s anyone out there at all. The police haven’t given up, at least not officially; they stated they quit in part because of weather and in part because they were “evaluating today what our next step is.”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Bernadette Behmlander

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Bernadette Ruby Behmlander, a 50-year-old woman who disappeared from Battle Creek, Michigan on October 1, 1997.

Bernadette is of Chinese descent, but she was born in Trinidad. (There are about 4,000 people of Chinese descent in Trinidad and Tobago.) Her nickname is Susie.

Her case, unfortunately, is one of the “few details” ones, and I can’t find squat about it. The only thing that turned up is this notice, posted in the March 17, 2006 edition of the Battle Creek Enquirer:

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Why they awaited eight and a half years to appoint a conservator is not clear to me.

Flashback Friday: Natasha Shanes

This week’s FF case is Natasha Marie Shanes, a six-year-old girl who was apparently abducted from her mother’s Jackson, Michigan home on May 8, 1985.

Although they never identified the abductor or found any bloodstains or the like, I’m pretty confident Natasha died around the time she was taken, because of her medical problems. She had a seizure disorder and needed medication for that. She was also slightly intellectually disabled and she had scoliosis, though to what degree I don’t know.

In the very unlikely event that Natasha is alive, she’d be 38 today.

Flashback Friday: Lilli Dunn

Flashback Friday’s case (first time in awhile, I know) is Lilli Marlene Dunn, a 29-year-old Southgate, Michigan woman who was abducted from her own garage in the early morning hours of July 31, 1980. Two witnesses saw a man dragging Lilli, kicking and screaming, into his car, but they thought it was just a domestic quarrel and didn’t intervene.

It’s possible Lilli was a victim of the serial killer Coral Eugene Watts, but he was never charged in her case and he died in 2007.