At last

I have written several blog entries about the disappearance of Wallace Guidroz in 1983. Two and a half years ago the police said they were about to file charges against his father, Stanley, for killing him. Then…nothing. Which made no difference in any practical sense, since Stanley was already in custody awaiting trial for murdering his wife Pepettra (not Wallace’s mom).

Well, to play catch-up, Stanley pleaded guilty to killing Pepettra later in 2012. And just now, they’ve finally filed charges against him in Wallace’s case.

Unfortunately, it would appear there’s precious little evidence besides Stanley’s confession, so he’s being charged with manslaughter rather than murder. According to him, he angrily lashed out at Wallace because the toddler was “fussing” and Wallace fell on the floor, hit his head and died. Stanley said he buried him in a shallow grave on the Tacoma waterfront.

That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. Me, I kind of doubt it. It seems unlikely that a person, even a baby, would die after falling a couple of feet from a high chair to the floor. I bet there was considerably more violence than Stanley claims. But unless we find Wallace — which seems unlikely — we’ll never know.

R.I.P. little man.

Articles (which all pretty much say the same thing):
31 years later, Tacoma father charged with killing 3-year-old son
1983 death of Washington toddler leads to manslaughter charge against his father
Father charged in 1983 Tacoma missing boy case
Father charged with cold-case slaying of his toddler son 31 years ago

Charges are about to filed in the Wallace Guidroz case

I just found this article about the disappearance of two-year-old Wallace Guidroz from a Tacoma, Washington park in 1983. His father, Stanley, said he’d been abducted. Wallace’s parents split up in 1985. His mother died, and the police lost track of Stanley until last year, when he stabbed his second wife to death in Louisiana.

Well, the article says that after Stanley’s trial for second-degree murder in Louisiana is over, he will return to Washington to answer to his suspected murder of little Wallace (he allegedly confessed to killing him). However, charges against him have NOT been filed in that case. I suppose there’s no particular hurry; Stanley will almost certainly be convicted in his wife Pepettra’s murder, and the sentence for that is life in prison. But the article left me a little confused, them saying Stanley would return to Washington like this was a fact, when in fact charges haven’t been filed yet and until they are, he isn’t going anywhere.

Wallace Guidroz case now a homicide

The 1983 disappearance of Wallace Guidroz, previously classified as a non-family abduction, has been reclassified as a homicide and they’ve issued a death certificate. They even listed a cause of death: blunt force injury to the head.

The police are not outright saying so, but it seems to me that Wallace’s father, Stanley, must have confessed to killing him, or admitted killing him, or something. Stanley doesn’t have anything to lose by confessing; he’s already facing a second-degree murder charge in Louisiana and I believe that carries a life sentence. Maybe he just wants to get it all off his chest. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they’re going to find Wallace’s body, even if it was buried at the spot they’re searching at.

The case reminds me very much of the 2002 disappearance of Jahi Turner: the same age child, allegedly abducted from a park, last seen in the company of a male caregiver who is a suspect in his disappearance. Jahi’s stepfather was also later charged with an unrelated murder, but it didn’t stick. I don’t know where he is now, and I haven’t heard anything about Jahi’s case in a very long time.

Recent activity in the Wallace Guidroz case

Well, it looks like Wallace Guidroz‘s father, Stanley, killed him. Wallace was allegedly abducted from a park in Tacoma, Washington back in 1983, at the age of three. Stanley moved to Louisiana sometime after that and earlier this year he was arrested for murdering his wife (not Wallace’s mom, she died during the nineties).

Now, the police are calling Stanley a suspect in Wallace’s disappearance — a designation they’d not used before — and are digging at a location about four miles from the park Wallace was said to have disappeared from. They said they’re searching because of information provided to them by Stanley. It doesn’t take much to put two and two together.

It all makes me feel very sad. I don’t even have any really good photos of Wallace. I hope they find his body.

Sad developments

This article in the Chicago Tribune details the life and troubles of Yasmin Acree (I have to change her name spelling), with a lot of information that hadn’t been previously made public. Yasmin suffered a lot of abuse, including sexual abuse, and she acted out sexually as a result. It sounds like a lot of people failed her, not the least many of her own relatives. In any case this isn’t an ordinary teen girl as she was initially characterized in news reports. I had had my suspicions that she might be more troubled than the news let on; few teens who spent years in foster care function as well as Yasmin was said to.

Meanwhile, the father of Wallace Guidroz, missing since 1983, has stabbed his wife to death in Louisiana and then drove around for awhile with the body in the backseat before he decided to go to the police and confess. He’s charged with second-degree murder. (The dead woman is not Wallace’s mother. Wallace’s mother died in 1997.) Of course, the murder charges don’t necessarily mean Stanley Guidroz had something to do with his little boy’s disappearance nearly 30 years ago, but you do have to wonder. I don’t know if he was considered a suspect in Wallace’s case or not, but he was the last person to see him. If Wallace is alive, he will be 31 years old on March 24. If anything good can come out of the murder, it’s that Wallace’s case is getting a little more publicity. His disappearance has been sadly neglected in the media and he doesn’t even have an NCMEC poster.

And of course I must mention the case everyone’s probably heard about by now: two children who, like Adam Herrman, were missing for years before their disappearances were reported. Their names are Austin and Edward Bryant. The similarities between the Bryant case and the Herrman case are uncanny. Let us list them:

1. Adam was adopted along with two biological siblings; Austin and Edward are biological brothers who were also adopted.
2. The Bryants and the Herrmans both claim their missing adopted sons “ran away.”
3. The adoptive parents continued to accept benefits for the children for years after the children were no longer living with them; the Bryants are said to have collected $174,000 over the years.
4. Both the Bryants and the Herrmans have thus far only faced theft charges and no charges related to the actual disappearance of the children.
5. There was apparently severe abuse of the children, witnessed by many members of the family who did nothing about it.
6. The parents claim the children were mentally ill and that some of the abusive treatment of them was recommended by mental health professionals. A psychiatrist supposedly told the Herrmans to keep Adam locked up in the bathroom; a therapist allegedly told the Bryants to wrap Austin in a blanket like a burrito and keep him in this position for extended periods.

I’m not buying it. Any of it. Neither is anyone else.

I think I said earlier on my blog that I was sure there are more Adam Herrmans out there. I’m sorry to be proven right. I really don’t know what else to say about it.

I will of course add the Bryant children to Charley. I don’t think I’ll do it today, though. I’m in Fort Wayne and once again Michael has no internet access in his apartment. I’m typing this in the library. I hope to be able to at least update some cases today.

As for me… I am very tired. Had a miserable night last night. I was exhausted, incredibly sleepy, too sleepy to really do anything, but I could not sleep. I tossed and turned trying to find a good position, I lay very still with my eyes closed and counted up to 200 and back down to 1, I tried moving from the bed to the living room couch and then back to the bed again, etc etc, but nothing worked. I didn’t fall asleep finally till about 7:00 a.m., then I woke up at ten.