Misty and Tommy Croslin’s mother talks

I found this interview with Lisa Croslin, mother of Misty and Tommy Croslin and onetime step-grandmother of Haleigh Cummings. Lisa and her husband Hank were jailed on drug charges (unrelated to their children’s drug case) and Hank is still in jail, but Lisa has been released and is now living in an undisclosed location. Lisa’s statements, and Lisa herself, are only tangentially connected to Haleigh’s case, but I think they’re worth looking at anyway. This is apparently the first time she’s spoken to the media, and it’s only on the Blogger News Network, not on, say, Nancy Grace’s show.

In fact, Lisa seems to have joined the legion of Nancy Grace haters, saying Nancy unfairly targeted her kids: “Nancy Grace opens her mouth before she gets evidence and continually drags us to the ground.” I agree with that statement in principle, but as I am not blinded by mother-love, it seems highly unlikely to me that the younger Croslins are innocent of involvement (or at least guilty knowledge) in Haleigh’s disappearance.

Lisa says she has been unable to visit her husband or either of her children, she has no documents and she can’t even leave the county until her fines are paid. She says she was released from jail with nothing, not even any street clothes, which I can believe. She also thinks 15 years for non-violent drug offenses (that’s what Tommy got, and what Misty will probably get) is unfair when you can get that, or less, for killing someone. I would agree with that.

This editorial says Lisa and Hank aren’t drug dealers and were arrested because they were simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” That Hank, at least, is or was a user is a fact; he has said so himself. But a lot of people, including me, have used drugs, and that doesn’t make them bad people.

Lisa says wants to get out of her former life and the drug culture, but she needs help in order to succeed. Not knowing much about Lisa’s background and her skills (employment history, education, etc), I won’t comment on that other than to say I think people who’ve been in trouble with the law and genuinely wish to clean their act up should be given assistance.

The Haleigh Cummings clusterbomb continues

I found a good article giving the latest news on Haleigh Cummings. Everyone is hoping that, now that all the persons of interest are behind bars, maybe someone will provide actual evidence as to the little girl’s fate instead of more lies. Quote from the article, from a law professor: “Some people take their secrets to the grave. Some people, when those cold steel doors close behind them, start singing like a magpie.” Another quote from a different source: “Once reality sets in and they say, oh boy, 15 years is a long time and 25 years is a long time, I think that will be a great motivator to try to rehash their plea agreement.”

The latest story is that Misty’s cousin Joe Overstreet came to the home that night looking to steal a machine gun that wasn’t there, and when he couldn’t find it he got mad and took Haleigh instead. He and Misty’s brother Tommy drove to the St. John’s River and threw Haleigh in the water.

The story makes no sense. Why would Overstreet take Haleigh just because he couldn’t find a gun? Why would he kill her? Why would Misty and Tommy wait so long to come forward with this information? Why didn’t the police find anything when they searched the river for Haleigh’s remains?

Ronald has agreed to testify in any future criminal proceedings about Haleigh’s disappearance. However, of the lot of them, Ronald is the one person whom I think might actually not know anything. He definitely wasn’t there the night Haleigh disappeared, and as dysfunctional as he is, it does look like he loves his children.

Random missing persons news

According to the New York Times, the rate of elderly missing persons is on the rise — mostly confused people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Furthermore, they are often incredibly difficult to find, according to the article, because they often try to avoid searchers and many of them don’t remember their own names and so they don’t answer to people calling for them. I figure the problem will only get worse, given that the US has an aging population. By the time I am old enough to get it, perhaps they will have come up with a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. But if they have not, if I get diagnosed with the condition I hope I have the courage to shoot myself or, failing that, that my caregivers will have the courage to do it for me.

California leads the nation in international child abductions, and in spite of things like the Hague Convention left-behind parents often have a long, difficult, expensive time getting their kids back. California does, of course, have a large population to begin with, and I looked it up and nearly 30% of Californians are foreign-born. So it’s not surprising they have more of this type of abduction than any other state.

Cleveland has released a report of missing people in their city. Unfortunately it is of limited use to me. There are no photos and it only covers cases from 2006 to the present.

Misty and Hank “Tommy” Croslin’s parents are denying previously published reports that Hank had something to do with Haleigh Cummings‘s disappearance. Misty was Haleigh’s father’s girlfriend, later his wife, now divorced, so Tommy would be her sort-of uncle. There have been unconfirmed stories that Tommy helped abduct Haleigh, or at least knew who had, and Misty connived with him. Of course their parents are saying it isn’t true.