Christopher Szczepanik found dead

They finally found Christopher Szczepanik’s body. He had been missing with his parents, Jaqueline and Vanderlei, from Nebraska for almost two years. The family were missionaries from Brazil who were renovating an old school to turn it into a missionary training center for a Florida-based church. The police believe three of Vanderlei’s employees killed the Szczepaniks for money. One of the suspects is not in custody; he’s somewhere in Brazil and they’re trying to find him and extradite him for trial.

Both of Christopher’s parents’ bodies are still missing and may never be found.

I just don’t get it how people can be so cruel and heartless. Three people killed in cold blood, people who had done nothing. Especially the little boy. He was all of seven years old. And it sounds like such a nice family they were. I have read a lot of terrible things but this bit of news turned my stomach:

In a court hearing, a detective detailed a savage, methodical attack in which three men jumped their boss, Vanderlei Szczepanik, beating him to death with a bat and metal rod.

The detective also testified that Jaqueline Szczepanik watched as her husband died — then had to wait minute after agonizing minute, perhaps an hour or more, for her and her son to meet the same fate.

And for the first time, testimony revealed the cause of death of Jaqueline and Christopher: hanging.

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The hanging apparently rendered the boy unconscious but did not kill him, Goncalves told police. The boy’s heart was still beating rapidly after the men cut him down.

I have nothing else to say about this.

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There is an article about Christine Nelson, who disappeared from Eugene, Oregon in 1986. She was 25. Her husband seems to be the prime suspect in her disappearance. The article doesn’t have any new information, but it’s nice that she got out in the spotlight for a moment.

I found this article about Shawn Tischler, a 30-year-old man who’s been missing from Long Beach, California since May. Shawn has schizophrenia and is very vulnerable. I must have scores of MPs on Charley who have schizophrenia or a related illness. Many of them become homeless. It’s tragic — all the more so when they get beaten to death by the cops, which happened recently in the case of Kelly Thomas from Fullerton, California. (Warning: that link has a picture of Kelly’s face just after the beating. It may just make you lose your lunch.)

There are new developments in the disappearance of Brandy Hall, who disappeared five years ago today from Malabar, Florida. She was a firefighter, as was her husband. The FBI has gotten involved in the case, which is presumed to be a homicide. Brandy left behind two small children.

The trial has begun for Valdeir Gonclaves-Santos, accused of murdering Vanderlei Szczepanik, his wife Jaqueline and their seven-year-old son Christopher. The Szczepanik family, who were immigrants from Brazil, disappeared at Christmastime in 2009. Valdeir’s wife is expected to testify. The police believe he killed the Szczepaniks to steal their money. They left behind 100k in cash and uncashed checks, and 20k in the bank, but their bank account was drained down to just $1,000 by January.

The police have identified the body of Lyubov Lutysk, who was listed on the Charley Project (and still is as of this writing, but I’m going to take her off). She was 49 when she went missing from Kent, Washington in January 2010. She had talked about being depressed and wanting to disappear. Her remains were found in the brush near Clark Lake Park in Kent. Foul play is not suspected.