Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Top 10 Unsolvable Unsolved Disappearances


Head on over to Boing Boing for my new crime article, "10 Unsolvable Unsolved Disappearances." Guess who's #1? Here's a snippet:

As a true crime journalist who searches for the missing, I am keenly aware of the breadcrumbs I’m leaving behind throughout a typical day. If I were to suddenly disappear, these bits of information will mean everything to detectives. But I worry that these clues will be misleading, that my receipts and cell phone pings will only muddy the waters of the official investigation should I vanish without a trace, because the littlest detail can seem quite suspicious when taken out of context.

16 comments:

  1. Amy Bradley and Maura Murray are the two most mysterious to me. I've heard rumors that Amy Bradley and Madeline McCann case is related in some way.

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  2. James, have you seen the documentary by the detective that was thrown off the McCann case?

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  3. JR, good points about middling details throwing these cases into perpetual doubt. If you saw over at John Smith's blog, a new commentator has a strong explanation for the rag. His comment, backed up with a link, is buried in an early January post. MM may have stuffed it in the tailpipe on-scene on 112 in a futile attempt to get The Saturn started. If confirmed by a mechanic or even Dick Guy, we can eliminate this annoying chaff as a Red Herring. This coming from a reader who believes she ran into Mr Wrong that night and figures the rag as part of that theory.

    As I've said here before, history matters, yes, but in the end this case is all about what went down in New Hampshire.

    BTW, very familiar with The Bradley Case. No doubt in my mind there was organized crime at work aboard that ship under the command of a few bad crew.

    I forgot about The Beaumont Case; that B+W photo at post top of the kids fooled me into thinking it was a pic of the three Murray girls, with Grant standing in for Maura. Both children had a habit of squinting at the camera. So adorable.

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    1. I've been fascinated by the Amy Bradley case since I first heard of it about 4 years ago. I, too, believe absolutely that some form of organized crime was at work on that ship, and I believe, as I'm sure many people do, that the bass player for the band , who was a apparently the last person seen with her, had something to do with it. I know he was said to have passed a lie detector test on the ship that morning, and I've never understood how or why, or whether he was question further. No updates on that case for many years, sad to say.

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    2. re: Bradley, by organized crime do you mean sex trafficking? from what i've read about the case - the picture of her on an adult site, sailors going to brothels in the area - i think it's likely she was forced into sexual slavery

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    3. Personally, I have never been convinced that the photo you mentioned was Amy Bradley. There are certainly some startling resemblance is, and I know that many years ago on the dr. Phil Show, and experts said that he was pretty sure it was her, but I'm not convinced. Besides that, someone close to that case at one time stated on an Internet site that they felt Amy was not being used for sex trafficking, but for something else illegal... But never stated what that was. So confusing.

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  4. Great article - most of these cases have intrigued me over the years as well. Besides Maura Murray, the one that stands out the most to me is Tara Calico's disappearance. Cases involving (possible) photo/video clues are always fascinating to me.

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    1. In the last few years the Tara Calico case has been reopened and a high school friend of hers has made a documentary film about it

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  5. Jennifer Kesse needs to be on this list. That case is the most frustrating by far to me, especially since a POI was actually caught on camera. He is probably young and still out there somewhere. So sad.

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    1. the police thinks they know his identity but cannot prove it. the evidence points to her ex-boss. pretty good circumstantial evidence.

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  6. James, what's your gut feeling on the Brian Shaffer case? That one always intrigued me.

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  7. The children of murdered Phila area schoolteacher Susan Reinert circa 1979. Susan's body was found. Her children have never been found, both presumed murdered as well. This case was made into a tv movie w/actor Peter Coyote "Echoes in the Darkness". Strange case. Teachers having affairs, eccentric principal. 1 teacher she was allegedly involved with & the principal both did jail time for plotting & committing crime. Teacher died in jail. Principal's conviction was overturned years later. He has since died.

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    1. Jay Smith was the principals name in that case

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  8. Korrina Lynne Sagers Malinowski and Annette Sagers South Carolina. This is the strangest one that I've ever researched.

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    1. Completely agree. And there really isn't much out there about this case. I'd love to see a podcast get into it.

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