Vanished – The Kyle Clinkscales Mystery

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College dropout tries to go back a year later and finish but this time when he doesn’t show up it’s for a more dreadful reason. 44 years later, Kyle Clinkscales still hasn’t been seen.


John and Louise Clinkscales were frustrated but not overly concerned when their son Kyle did not attend his classes at Auburn University during the week of January 27, 1976. A familiar pattern was unfolding as the 22-year-old was trying collegiate life again. Kyle had dropped out the previous year after the academic demands proved too much. His second attempt was being met with similar results as his grades were still far below par.

It appeared Kyle was not college material. The elder Clinkscales believed their son had again become discouraged at not making the grade and had gone into seclusion to reflect on his life. When Kyle came out of his shell, whenever that was, John and Louise would be there to support their only child in whatever he chose to do. That day, however, never came.

Kyle Clinkscales has not been seen or heard from in 44 years. He had more significant problems than his academic struggles and is believed to have become entwined with an unsavory character.

His remains have not been found, but it appears that Kyle Clinkscales met a violent end.

Kyle was a student at Auburn University in Alabama and worked part-time as a bartender at the Moose Club in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia, in the west-central part of the state, only a few miles from the Alabama border. He left the bar after finishing his shift at approximately 11:00 p.m. on January 27, 1976.

Kyle planned to drive the 35 miles to Auburn, but he did not attend classes for the week. On February 3, with still no word from Kyle, his parents reported him missing. The police investigation yielded few clues suggesting what happened to him.

In 1981, a man named Danny Moore contacted John and Louise Clinkscales, saying he believed he was Kyle. Danny told them he had gotten into a car accident in 1976, the year of Kyle’s disappearance. He claimed he was unable to remember any of his life before the accident.

Danny appeared to be the same age as Kyle and bore a physical resemblance to him. Dental records, however, confirmed he was not Kyle. A doctor said studies of Danny’s brain showed he had suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in his life. Police believed Danny was sincere in his belief that he could have been Kyle.

In 1987, 11 years after his disappearance, Kyle’s Exxon credit card was found on a kayaking and canoe trail along Flat Shoal Creek, 11 miles south of LaGrange. No new evidence, however, surfaced from the finding.

Nearly three decades passed before police received a major break in the disappearance of Kyle Clinkscales.

In 2005, a man contacted Georgia State Police, saying Kyle had been murdered by Ray Hyde, the owner of a salvage yard in Kyle’s home county of Troup, Georgia.

When he was seven years old, the caller had witnessed Kyle’s body’s disposal, saying it was covered with concrete, stuffed into a barrel, and dumped in a private pond. The caller, whose identity has not been revealed, told police that his grandfather helped dispose of the barrel under Hyde’s orders. The caller said Hyde threatened to kill both his grandfather and him if either said anything.

Through information provided by the tipster, investigators learned Ray Hyde was a member of the Moose Club, where Kyle worked. They believe Kyle was murdered because of his knowledge of Hyde’s criminal activities, which involved car theft and drug dealing. Hyde died in 2001.

Information provided by the caller also led to the arrest of Jimmy Jones and Jeanne Johnson. Jones was charged with concealing a death, hindering a criminal’s arrest, and two counts of making false statements. Johnson was charged with concealing a death, making false statements, and obstructing justice.

Jones ultimately admitted to helping dispose of Kyle’s body, but he denied taking part in his murder. He told police he found Kyle shot to death upon arriving at Hyde’s home in the early hours of January 28, 1976. Jones admitted helping Hyde drag Kyle’s body into his shop but says Hyde later told him he moved the remains into the nearby pond and then to another location, which he refused to reveal, saying it would never be found. Hyde’s prophecy has proven true as drainage of the pond turned up no sign of the barrel or any remains. Investigators also dug up Hyde’s property, but that too produced no evidence. Kyle’s car, a white 1974 Ford Pinto, has also never been found.

Jimmy Jones was sentenced to nine years in prison for hindering the police investigation into Kyle’s disappearance. He has since been released, and authorities say there is no proof that he took part in Kyle’s murder.

Jeanne Johnson was confirmed as being at Hyde’s home on the evening of Kyle’s disappearance, but she was cleared of any involvement in Kyle’s probable murder. I could not find what sentenced she received.

Kyle’s father John wrote the book “Kyle’s Story: Friday Never Came” about his son’s disappearance and several other missing persons. The book was written in 1981, five years after Kyle vanished and is available on Amazon.

Sadly, Friday never came for Mr. Clinkscales as he died in 2007 without learning his son’s fate. Kyle’s mom, Louise, is now in her nineties and hopes her son’s remains will be found before she dies.

Kyle Wade Clinkscales has been missing since January 27, 1976, when he was 22-years-old. At the time of his disappearance, he was 5’11” inches tall and weighed approximately 155 lbs. He had brown hair, hazel eyes and had earlier fractured his ring finger.

Kyle’s car, a white two-door 1974 Pinto Runabout with the Georgia license plate number CEF-717 and the VIN 4T11Y207954, has never been recovered.

Kyle would today be 66-years-old.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Kyle Clinkscales, please contact the Troup County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Department at 706-883-1746 or 706-883-1616.

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Further Reading:
Associated Press
Charley Project
“Kyle Story: Friday Never Came”; by John Dixon Clinkscales


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Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


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Mobster Monday – Alvin “Creepy” Karpis – Guest Post

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Born August 10, 1907, in Montreal,  Alvin Francis Karpis was raised by Lithuanian parents in Kansas. By the age of ten, he was already blazing his path. While observing the shady works of pimps and conmen, Karpis learned from the best.  After a ten year stint in the State Industrial Reformatory in Hutchinson, Kansas, Karpis escaped and embarked on a crime spree that ended in Kansas City, Missouri, returning him to prison to complete his term.  While doing his time at the Kansas State Penitentiary, he fell in with Fred Barker of the notorious Barker Gang. This union formed one of the most intimidating gangs in history, the Karpis-Barker Gang.

On December 19, 1931, Karpis and Barker murdered Sheriff C. Roy Kelley in West Plains, Missouri. Soon after, the gang fled to Minnesota. In 1933, they kidnapped William Hamm, a wealthy brewer from Minnesota. This netted the gang $100,000, which provoked them to kidnap again, this time Mr. Edward Bremer, a St. Paul banker, which resulted in a $200,000 payout. This proved to be the gangs undoing, however, as Bremer had friends in high places. Bremer was friends with none other than  President Roosevelt, who ordered a rigorous investigation. The FBI formed a task force of highly trained individuals with experience in gang activity. This task force called the “flying squads” resulted in the capture of several elusive gangsters, including Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson.

After the FBI shootout with Fred Barker and his mother on January 16, 1935, Alvin Karpis narrowly escaped the clutches of death. Having been located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Karpis was nearly killed in a shootout with the FBI. His girlfriend, Dolores Delaney, was shot in the thigh while heavily pregnant. Their son was born healthy and raised by Karpis’ parents.

During this harrowing time in history, the FBI began to take shape with leadership from its new head, J. Edgar Hoover. Far from perfect, the agency had growing pains but during that time was diligent in reducing gangland crime. Hoover took the capture of Karpis personally and vowed to arrest him.

On May 2, 1936, Karpis was discovered hiding out in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hoover was present at the arrest, while there is controversy regarding if Hoover himself actually made the arrest himself.

After pleading guilty to the Bremer abduction, Karpis was sentenced to life in prison at the newly constructed Alcatraz. There he spent his time from August 1946 to April 1962. He worked as a baker while maintaining his prior gangster attributes. He was frequently punished for fighting. During his later years at the prison, he became friends with Charles Manson.

In 1969, Karpis was paroled. He had served  “the longest sentence of any prisoner at Alcatraz: 26 years.” He was deported to Canada, where he had issues claiming residency due to the fact that he had commissioned Dr. Joseph Moran to remove his fingerprints in 1934. He ultimately ended up back in Montreal.

After publishing his memoir in 1971, Karpis toured Canada promoting his book for years. He moved to Spain in 1973 where he lived quietly until his mysterious death on August 26, 1979. It was at first ruled a suicide when pills were found next to him, but the death was later ruled natural after a short investigation.

Alvin “Creepy” Karpis began his criminal career early and he lived a long life of crime. Following his death there was no autopsy, and he was buried in Spain.


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Further Reading:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Karpis

https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/barker-karpis-gang

https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/alvin-karpis/17825


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The Boy In a box – guest post by Cricket

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The Boy in the Box also known as America’s unknown child. February  25th, 1957 the body of a young boy’s naked and battered body was found in a blanket inside a cardboard bassinet box in a wooded area in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia pa. It is believed he was 3 – 7 yrs of age, he was 3 ft 6 inches and weighed 30 lbs! It was later found that the bassinet was purchased at JC Penney!     

The boy’s hair was recently cropped off possibly after death, clumps of hair clung to his body and he showed signs of severe malnourishment. He also had surgical scars on his ankle and ground, and an L shaped scar under his chin. Many tips and theories have been investigated and dismissed. Two theories have generated considerable interest among police and media!              

Theory 1: The foster home – This theory concerns a foster home located 1.5 miles from the sight of the body.        

In 1960 Remington Bristow an employee of the medical examiner’s office who pursued the case till his death! In 1993 he contacted a psychic in New Jersey who told him to look for a house that matched the foster home! When psychic came out to Philadelphia she led Bristow directly to the foster home!                                                                              

When attending an estate sale at the foster home Bristow discovered a bassinet similar to the ones sold at JC Penny. He also noticed blankets hanging on the clothesline similar to the one the boy was wrapped in. Bristow believed the boy belonged to the stepdaughter of the man who ran the foster home and that they disposed of his body so the stepdaughter would not be exposed as an unwed mother. He theorized that the boy’s death had been an accident. Despite the circumstantial evidence, the police were not able to find any definitive links between the boy in the box and the foster home. In 1998 Philadelphia police Lieutenant Tom Augustine who was in charge of the investigation and several members of the VIDOCQ society (a group of retired policemen and profilers) interviewed the foster father stepdaughter whom he married. The foster home investigation was closed!  

Theory 2: Mysterious Ms. M

Another theory was brought forward in February 2012 by a woman identified only as “MARTHA” or “M”. Police considered her story to be plausible but we’re troubled by testimony as she had a history of mental illness. M claimed that her abusive mother purchased the unknown boy (who’s name was Jonathan) from his birth parents in the summer of 1954. He was subjected to extreme physical and sexual abuse for 2 ½ yrs. 

One evening at dinner he vomited up his meal of baked beans and was given a severe beating with his head slammed to the floor till he was semiconscious! Then he was given a bath during which he died! Those details matched information only known to the police. The coroner found remains of baked beans in the boys stomach and his fingers were water wrinkled! M’s mother forced her into helping dump the boy’s body.

M said as they were preparing to remove him from the trunk a passing male motorist pulled over and asked if they needed help. M was ordered to stand in front of the car’s license plate to conceal number while she convinced the driver there was no problem. He eventually drove off. This has been corroborated continually in testimony given by the male witness in 1957.

In spite of the outward plausibility of M’s confession police we’re unable to verify her story. Neighbors who had access to the house during this period denied that there had been a young boy living there and dismissed M’s claims as ridiculous! To this day the boy in the box /America’s unknown child has never been identified! 


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Further Reading:

Historic Mysteries

Unsolved Casebook


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Dixie Mafia Tales – Killer Charles “Russ” Hamilton – Guest Blog

I grew up in McNairy County, Tennessee, the home of Sheriff Buford Pusser of “Walking Tall” fame. Stories about Pusser and the Stateline Mob were as common to me as talking about my cousin who lived down the road. I fondly remember sitting on the sun-bleached, rain weathered front porch of my Grandparent’s log house and soaking in tales of mystery, intrigue, and murder. 

Maybe these were not the best choices of stories for young ears, but they are a part of my heritage and a part of me. I learned the chemical compositions that can dissolve a body by hearing about a man who killed his wife, put her body in an abandoned well and poured lye on it, so it would quickly dissolve. Bribery and bootleg whiskey was always a common topic. 

One tale, however, always stood out. In Chewalla, Tennessee, a neighboring town, there lived a man, who by today’s terminology, would be considered a serial killer. Russ Hamilton would meet his demise in 1968, in a Christmas Day shootout with Sheriff Pusser. This was two years before my birth, and certainly not a “hot” news story by the time I was listening to front porch storytelling. In fact, I never had a name to attach to the horrific tale of how he murdered one of his wives until I was an adult and began researching for my writing. As a child, my Grandfather would recount how in 1940, Russ tortured and killed Grace Burns, his “wife” (no one can confirm if they were, indeed, legally married), tied her up in the woods and left her to die. Body parts were strewn by animals through the woods, ultimately leading to her body being found. Other versions of the story state that he had dismembered her. At any rate, it was quite a lot for a child’s imagination. 

This is where the story takes a sharp left turn, not in the details of the horrific murder, but rather in learning how close a connection my Grandfather had to this man! They were “running buddies”! Grandpa, who had long passed when I began my research, is quoted as often saying that Russ, “…was the nicest man you would ever want to meet unless he had been drinking.” That seems to ring true, when you look at his life history, although I am not certain that bootleg whiskey, alone, was the catalyst for his callousness and evil temper. 

No one knows exactly when Russ started killing. It seems that he was an odd child and possessed the stereotypical serial killer characteristic of torturing and killing helpless animals. Family members, transients and lovers suffered unusual and untimely deaths or simply disappeared. The first documented murder was in 1931 when he killed Deputy John York in Chewalla, Tennessee. In 1933, he went to the Tennessee State Penitentiary for that killing but was paroled and pardoned in 1938. 

In late August/early September of 1940, he brutally tortured and murdered his wife, Grace, for which he would negotiate a plea deal of 2nd Degree murder with a ten-year sentence. However, he was paroled on June 29, 1948. In January 1951, his mother, Ben Ella Hamilton, was found dead and although he was never charged, it is commonly held that Russ 

killed her. While being questioned about her death, he was found to be in violation of parole and did go back to prison. (Maybe a measure of justice there.) He was paroled, again, on January 1, 1953, but was arrested for assault and battery, less than two months later and returned to prison until June of that year, when he was finally discharged. 

Russ tended to bounce between the McNairy County, Tennessee area and Lauderdale County, Alabama and it was there, in October of 1960, that he killed a co-worker, John G. Grossheim. He was found guilty of 2nd Degree murder and sentenced to 40 years to life. However, he was granted a new trial in 1963 and the jury returned a verdict of 1st Degree manslaughter with a ten-year sentence.

He was released in February of 1967 and went to live with a cousin, Don Pipkin, in Selmer, Tennessee, who owned a small apartment that Russ would rent for $20 a month. On Christmas Day, 1968, one of Russ’ drunken rampages would end his life. He fell through a plate glass window during a Christmas celebration and when Don took him home, he became belligerent and drew a gun on him. Don retreated and called the law. When Sheriff Buford Pusser arrived at the front door and announced himself, Russ started firing as he came through the door. Sheriff Pusser was wounded but returned fire and shot Russ right between the eyes. A lifetime of killing was brought to an end by one bullet. 


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Further Reading:

Find A Grave

Christmas Day Shootout with Buford Pusser

Pinterest


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Gunned Down For guns – Thursday Guest Post

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Twenty-six-year-old Todd McAfee was a corporate farm manager of a 300-acre tomato farm for the Bonita Packing Company in Myakka City, Florida. A company trailer on the property doubled as his home and office. The nearest neighbors were four miles away.

Todd was an avid outdoors man whose primary recreational activity was hunting. It was common knowledge that he kept his weapons in his trailer. Todd’s gun collection was valuable monetarily, but not nearly as valuable as it was to him personally. He collected guns because he liked them and believed his guns would also serve him as a source of protection in the secluded locale. Instead, they likely led to his murder.

At 6:30 A.M. on August 18, 1987, Bonita farmhands were surprised to find that Todd had not unlocked the gate for them. By 7:00 A.M., there was still no sign of him and fear soon set in as the farmhands observed blood stains in Todd’s truck, parked outside the gate.

Shortly thereafter, two miles away, employees discovered his body in one of the tomato fields he managed. He had been shot four times.

The police concluded Todd had been dead for approximately twelve hours before he was found. They believe his death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. Police believe the burglary was in process as Todd arrived home from the grocery store. As he tried to intervene, the panicked assailants ambushed him with their guns, before absconding with nearly all of his guns. Evidence showed Todd had been shot to death outside of his home shortly after exiting his car, which sustained no gunshot damage. After the initial shots, he attempted to get back into his car, leaving the bloodstains. Todd probably knew the people who killed him.

Todd was a big man, standing 6’5 and weighting 215 pounds. Investigators believe more than one person tossed him into the ditch where his body was found. Locals knew that a swamp by the ditch was the home of an alligator and police believe the killers had hoped Todd’s body would be its supper. However, it was discovered before being gobbled by the gator.

A receipt found in the grocery bag in Todd’s truck helped pinpoint the time of his death to between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. At around 6:15 p.m. on the night of August 17, two of his friends passed by the trailer and noticed an orange van parked next to it. The orange van had been seen earlier at a local gas station where a witness recalled seeing two men and a woman near it. 

Composites of one of the men and the woman are below.

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In 1991, prison inmate Jacob Scott, serving time at the Desoto County Jail, told police he had information about Todd’s murder. Scott had previously been jailed with Ruthie Anderson, who had been Todd’s housekeeper. Her husband Wilbur had also previously worked for Todd.

Scott claimed while he and Ruthie were incarcerated together, Ruthie had told him she had planned the burglary of Todd’s trailer because she believed he kept the company payroll there. Scott went on to say that Ruthie told him Todd was killed after coming upon her, Wilbur, and another man burglarizing his trailer.

Shortly after Scott revealed this information, a man was arrested with a .30-caliber Plainfield semiautomatic rifle which had been stolen from Todd’s home. This man told police he had purchased the gun from Wilbur Anderson. In a Mississippi junkyard, investigators located an orange van matching the description of the one seen at Todd’s home on the night of his murder. The junkyard owner told police Wilbur had sold it to him.

In October of 1994, Ruthie Anderson was charged with the murder of Todd McAfee. Wilbur was charged only with stealing and selling Todd’s guns. However, as the trial was about to begin, Jacob Scott recanted his statements and the case against Ruthie was dismissed. No significant leads have developed since.

Ruthie and Wilbur Anderson later separated. Ruthie is believed to now be living in Mississippi. Wilbur later served a prison sentence in Mississippi for an unrelated robbery case that occurred after Todd’s murder. He was released in 1996 and is now is believed to be living in Alabama. Both have refused any comment about the murder of Todd McAfee.

Police still consider the Andersons persons of interests but have nothing forensically linking them to the murder.

Some of Todd’s stolen handguns were found, but his more valuable shotguns and rifles remain missing.


THIS LIST OF LINKS IS NOT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING SOURCE CITING. ALL OF THE INFORMATION USED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE EASILY FOUND ONLINE. LINKS BELOW WERE USED AS SOURCES AND ARE RECOMMENDED READING FOR SYNOVA’S READERS. SYNOVA STRIVES TO CITE ALL THE SOURCES USED DURING HER CASE STUDY, BUT OCCASIONALLY A SOURCE MAY BE MISSED BY MISTAKE. IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL, AND NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED.

Sources:
Bradenton Herald (Fl.)
• DeSoto Sun
• Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Recommended Reading:

Read about inspirational stories involving firearms:


More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


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Sumter County Stumped – Jock & Jane Doe

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On August 9, 1976, a trucker found the bodies of a young male and female along a remote dirt road in Sumter County, South Carolina. Neither person was carrying any identification. Both had been shot three times, once each in the throat, chest, and back. The murder weapon was believed to be a .357 caliber revolver.

Drawings of the victims’ faces and features, dental information, and fingerprints were distributed across the United States and Canada, but no match was found. Over the years, as DNA technology has progressed, tests have been compared to thousands of unidentified bodies in both countries, but they have also failed to hit pay dirt.

Forty-three years later, Sumter County officials are still stumped, as the identities of “Jock and Jane Doe” remain a mystery.

The couple was believed to have been dropped off on Locklair Road, a secluded dirt road between I-95 and S.C. 341 (Lynches River Road). Investigators believe the pair may have been hitchhiking or were killed by hitchhikers after hijacking their car.

Police found no eyewitness to the murders. However, approximately two hours before the bodies were found, a man said he heard a car driving along the dirt road. Shortly thereafter, he heard gunshots, followed by the sound of a car hurriedly driving away.

A nearby campground employee remembered meeting the couple several weeks before their murders. He spoke with the man whom he thought had said his name was “Jacques.”

The man said he was the son of a Canadian doctor and that he and the woman were on vacation, en route to Florida. The campground employee did not learn the woman’s name.

The man became known as “Jock Doe.”

An examination by a forensic dentist suggested the couple either had money or had come from a family of means.

Jock Doe had had extensive dental work including a unique form of root canal surgery not commonly performed in America. It also appeared he had been midway through a complete dental restoration. The root canal surgery and dental restoration both would have been expensive procedures.

Jane Doe had also had extensive dental work as she had fillings in all of her back teeth. In addition, her front teeth were straight.

Oddly, neither victim was wearing underwear when their bodies were discovered.

Autopsies found no drugs or alcohol in either the victim’s system. Each had recently eaten fruit or ice cream with fruit, and a man believed he saw the couple eating at a local fruit stand shortly before their murders.

Despite the clues, all efforts to identify “Jock and Jane Doe” proved fruitless.

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Jock Doe wore a 14-karat gold ring and an expensive gold Bulova Accutron wristwatch. Using the serial number, investigators determined Bulova had made the watch in 1968.

Bulova, however, destroyed many of its records when the company downsized in the early seventies, and it could not be determined where the watch had been distributed or purchased.

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Jane Doe wore expensive wedge-heeled lavender/pink sandals and three expensive costume jewelry rings made of sterling silver. The sandals were Stride-Rite brand; the rings appeared to be authentic handmade Native American or Mexican costume jewelry. The rings are believed to have originated in the Southwestern United States.

• The first ring had an ornate scrolling feather shape with coral and turquoise stones.
• The second ring was a black, oblong stone embedded with small turquoise chips.
• The third was a metal band with red, white, and blue stones.

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Jock Doe was believed to have been born between 1946-58, meaning he was believed to be 18-30-years-old when he was murdered in 1976. “Jock” is a fitting sobriquet, as he had a lean, athletic build, standing over 6’0 tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

Jock Doe had shoulder-length hair, brown eyes, and distinctive bushy eyebrows. The elaborate dental work he received may have been performed outside the United States. In addition to a four-inch appendectomy scar, several scars on his back and shoulders suggested he may have been an athlete as such scars are commonly found on players of contact sports.

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Jane Doe was believed to been born approximately between 1951-58, meaning she was 18-25-years-old when murdered in 1976.

She was 5′ 5″, weighed 100 to 105 pounds, and had a slim build. She had reddish-brown, shoulder-length hair and bluish-gray eyes. Her most distinguishing features were two moles on the left side of her face near her mouth. She also had unusually long natural eyelashes. Unlike her companion, Jane had no surgical scars.

It was also determined Jane Doe had never been pregnant, and her legs had not been shaved in several weeks.

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In 1977, a man was arrested in Latta, South Carolina, for driving while intoxicated. A revolver found in his vehicle was proven to be the murder weapon of the Sumter County Does. Prosecutors, however, deemed the finding insufficient to charge him with the murders.

Serial killer Henry Lee Lucas has been mentioned as a suspect in the murder of the Sumter County Does. Shortly before his death in 2001, Lucas told police he had been in South Carolina on August 9, 1976, and confessed to the murders as well as two other murders in Sumter County, those of an elderly woman in 1975 and of a young man in 1983. Investigators, however, are skeptical due to Lucas’s numerous false confessions of murder. Although convicted of 11 murders, Lucas “confessed” to at least 50 more that were proven he could not have committed.

Most investigators dismiss Lucas’s claims of involvement in all of the Sumter County murders.

Investigators continue to try to identify Sumter County’s “Jock and Jane Doe.” The pair appear not to have been vagrants; in contrast, they appeared to be from upper-class families.

Investigators believe the couple may have been from a country other than the United States, perhaps Canada, and may have been hitchhiking across America. Because the campground employee had thought he heard the man say his name was “Jacques,” police theorize the couple may be of French-Canadian origin.

Because of their similar features and matching olive-colored skin, authorities for many years believed the man and woman were related, possibly having been brother and sister. After the couples’ bodies were exhumed in 2007, however, DNA testing showed they were not biologically related.

If you believe you have any information on the murders of the Sumter County Jock and Jane Doe, or any clues to the victims’ identities, please contact the Sumter County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office at 803-436-2111.

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THIS LIST OF LINKS IS NOT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING SOURCE CITING. ALL OF THE INFORMATION USED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE EASILY FOUND ONLINE. LINKS BELOW WERE USED AS SOURCES AND ARE RECOMMENDED READING FOR SYNOVA’S READERS. SYNOVA STRIVES TO CITE ALL THE SOURCES USED DURING HER CASE STUDY, BUT OCCASIONALLY A SOURCE MAY BE MISSED BY MISTAKE. IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL, AND NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED.


SOURCES:
Wikipedia
Doe Network
• Nam Us
• Sumter County Does Website
• Sumter County, South Carolina, Police Department, and Sheriff’s Office


Recommended Reading:

Read about more about Jane Doe Cases in Someone’s Daughter By: Silvia Pettem


More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


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A Prophet, An Occult, and Murder


The headline case of Lori Vallow – Chad Daybell and their two missing children, 7-year-old “J.J.” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan is perplexing. Lori Vallow’s family and friends believe the trouble began when Lori joined Chad in what is now being called “a cult.”

The International Cultic Studies Association defines “cult” as “an ideological organization, held together by charismatic relationships, and demanding high levels of commitment.” Most recently, the “New Religious Movement” (NRM) is the term used in place of “Cult.”

The case background explains how Lori Vallow could have been drawn into Chad Daybell’s world. In 2006, Lori married her fourth husband, Charles. (Lori already had a daughter, Tylee, by her third husband.) Lori and Charles adopted a boy, “J.J.” In 2015, Lori became obsessed with books written by Chad Daybell, who foresees doomsday. Chad had a wife named Tammy. In 2018, Lori and Chad began podcasting together on “Time To Warrior Up” through a company, “Preparing A People.” After Lori disappeared for 58 days, Charles filed for divorce. Caveats cite that 1. Lori threatened to kill Charles. 2. Lori stole $35,000 from his account. 3. Lori claimed to be, among other things, “a translated being … sent by God to lead the 144,000 into the Millennium.”

In March 2019, Charles dismissed the proceedings; he is shot dead by Lori’s brother Alex three months later. At the same time, Lori’s niece Melani divorces her husband, Brandon, possibly to join Lori and Chad’s “cult.” In October 2019, Tammy Daybell was found dead. Lori and Chad soon marry. Lori’s brother Alex is found dead. In December 2019, law enforcement announced J.J. and Tylee as officially missing and Lori and Chad as “persons of interest.” (Full timeline see Krutzig) Lori and Chad repeatedly lied and stalled the investigation, then fled to Hawaii.

One technique used by a cult to change a person is “Create a Thought-Reform Environment.” This includes “suppressing old behavior and attitudes.” It involves 1. Get the person to reinterpret their life history drastically. 2. Radically alter their worldview. 3. Accept a new version of reality and causality. A potential cult member is at a “Crossroads” in life – the person is questioning their life for some reason; it may be disappointments, social status, or their future; they may be worried about the state of their world: the future of their country. The cult will show this person “a better way of life.” They will use isolation, ego-boosting, and psychological manipulation (“brainwashing”).

J.J.’s grandmother, Kay Vallow Woodcock, said, “Things started changing over the past 18 plus months when Lori began spending all her time with a new religious group, that we refer to as a ‘cult’… she has completely changed into a monster … something happened to her … Once she got involved with that cult with Daybell, she just turned off the person we knew just went away.” (Sheets & Shen).

Another technique in “Create a Thought-Reform Environment” includes “Instilling new behavior and attitudes.” One tactic is to destabilize a person’s sense of self by developing a person’s dependence on the organization. The cult introduces “a new reality”: the person is added to the group’s way of thinking, acting, and living. A “we vs. them” is created (in this case, it may be The Enlightened vs. The Nonbelievers).

Chad Daybell has declared himself a prophet, and the general theme of his books is prepping for the apocalypse – doomsday, the world ending in part due to its “wicked ways.” Daybell was also a member of the Mormon Church (Church of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS) and a “prepper” who stocked up on food, water, and weapons in preparation to survive the end of the world. “Prepping” is something Mormonism once supported, says an expert. And “There are new Mormon groups that start every single day,” Dr. Cristina Rosetti, an expert who has researched fundamentalist Mormons, told Daily Mail. “The Mormon Church is very susceptible to schisms and the starting of new movements” (Gould). Chad Daybell was booted out of The Mormon Church in fall 2019. The Mormon-based “Preparing A People” has made it clear they are not responsible for Chad Daybell. He was affiliated with “Preparing A People,” “a series of lecture events focusing on self-reliance and personal preparation … providing several LDS speakers and authors an educational forum…. (Daybell) spoke at some of the ‘Preparing A People’ events, but had no ownership in it, nor was he a founder.” The www.preparingapeople.com website reads.

Cult leaders are charming individuals, well-spoken, and excellent listeners. Most are narcissists. They can quickly read people, to see their weaknesses and then feed off of and use those weaknesses to their advantage. Leaders will create chaos so that they can stop the confusion, demonstrating their “power.” They will make promises (called “dangling the carrot”) to encourage others to follow; it might be wealth, happiness, eternal life, or a combination. Many cults are splinter groups from religious organizations, and the cult leader may declare himself as a deity, or someone who can receive messages from a higher power.

Are Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell members of a cult? Vallow could have been drawn into Daybell’s world through “Thought-Reform Environment.” After spending time with Daybell, she threatened to kill her husband Charles, stole from him, and made bizarre claims. At least one family member has reported a drastic change in Vallow after she met Daybell. And for someone who is searching for answers, a cult leader will know precisely what to give that individual. By its definition, a “cult” can be anything from a church to a pyramid company to a social club. If it is a cult, Lori Vallow will not break away easily. Cults, by nature, are easy to join, but difficult to leave due to emotional and spiritual attachments.

Judith A. Yates is an award-winning true crime author and criminologist. She is currently researching cults for her fiction book, due out in the summer of 2020. She recently spoke at the 2019 A. Markle Symposium hosted by the Dr. Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

Note: This article does not infer that every Mormon (LDS) parishioner subscribes to the same belief system.

Before you say, “I would never…” read this compelling story of one woman’s cult experience here:

https://bestoftruecrime.blogspot.com/2020/01/choicecenter-leadership-university-cult.html

RESOURCES

Cult Research

Janja Lalich,

PMB 905

236 W. East Ave., Ste. A.

Chico, CA 95926

International Cultic Studies Association

http://www.icsahome.com

mail@icsamail.com

P.O. Box 2265

Bonita Springs, FL 34133

Phone 1-239-514-3081

Gould, M. (December 24, 2019). “EXCLUSIVE: Cult leader on the run with a mom whose kids have been missing since September declared himself a ‘prophet,’ wrote 25 books on ‘prepping’ for the apocalypse – and was thrown out of the Mormon church AFTER children vanished.” DailyMail.com. Retrieved from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7823081/Man-run-new-wife-kicked-Mormon-church-declaring-prophet.html

Krutzig, S. (January 7, 2020) “A timeline of the events surrounding the disappearance of J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan.” Post-Register. Retrieved from https://www.postregister.com/news/crime_courts/a-timeline-of-the-events-surrounding-the-disappearance-of-j/article_44af7af1-d4ff-5c8e-af39-db1a6b2bad2e.html

Sheets, M. & Shen, M. (December 23, 2019). “Terrified relative says it’s no coincidence there have been four mysterious family deaths and two children now missing after their mom joined ‘dangerous religious cult’ obsessed with the end of the world.” DailyMail.com. Retrieved from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7821133/Family-missing-children-7-17-disappeared-September-say-mom-joined-cult.html


More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

J. A. Yates is an award-winning author and criminologist who has appeared as a guest speaker, lecturer, and instructor for organizations across the United States for almost 30 years, to include Dallas Area Paralegal Association, PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays), Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, Tennessee Correction Association, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many more.

Her resume lists loss prevention, the Sheriff’s Department, the federal prison system (minimum to maximum, male & female), investigations, and criminal justice professor/instructor. She is the only journalist who is continually investigating the disappearance of Tabitha Tuders, Nashville’s most baffling missing child case.

Not only is she an author, but she is also an investigator who carefully researches each book. A percentage of each book benefits nonprofit organizations and is made in the victim’s name.

Ms. Yates is Texas-born, Irish/Native American/Kentucky – bred; a left-handed Taurus. She volunteers in animal rescue and locating missing/murdered. Hobbies include horseback riding, perusing flea markets, and video gaming. She is addicted to bottled Coca-colas. She has a phobia of clowns, dental offices, and alligators (not in that particular order)

Check her out here: www.judithayates.com


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Scoville Skips: Guest Post Thursday

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In the 1970s, Raymond Scoville was transitioning from hippie to businessman. As the editor of an underground Chicago newspaper in 1970, he had penned an article entitled “How to Get a New Identity,” geared toward those sought by law enforcement.

In the 1980s, Scoville personally tested his work, as he made another transition, from businessman to murderer. Unfortunately, he has aced the test.

Scoville knew about what he wrote, and, evidently, practiced what he preached as he has been on the lam for over 37 years.

By the latter part of the 1970s, as the counterculture movement was coming to a close, Raymond Scoville was remodeling his Chicago drug paraphernalia shop into a record and videotape shop.

Scoville’s new store was a success, and the hippie-turned-businessman soon opened five more stores in the Joliet, Illinois, area.

Colleen Racich was a bubbly teen hired by Scoville as a part-time clerk at one of his stores. She proved herself a good worker, but Scoville was evaluating more than her job performance. The former deadhead had a thing for redheads. Colleen was flattered by the attention of the “hip” business owner. Soon, the 31-year-old Scoville and his 14-year-old employee were having an affair.

The two continued their romantic relationship as Colleen grew into adulthood. By 1982, as she proved herself a good businesswoman, Scoville made his now 22-year-old trophy girlfriend the part-owner of three of his businesses. Colleen was on the fast track, but she soon discovered her lover and business partner had been off track for several years.

Colleen, the astute young businesswoman, examined the company books and was startled at what she found. For several years, Scoville had been skimping on his responsibilities. Colleen’s lover-partner was heavily in debt, had defaulted on several bank loans, and had not paid taxes for
several years. Colleen immediately ended the romantic partnership and took the first steps toward dissolving the business partnership.

After Colleen alerted the authorities, several of Scoville’s stores were shut down. The former lovers and partners became bitter of enemies as each filed civil suits against each other.

On August 3, 1982, Scoville and Colleen met in one of the record stores to discuss the state of their businesses and partnerships. Several people saw the two engaged in heated arguments. These were the last sightings of Colleen Racich.

Colleen’s family reported her missing the following day. Four days later, police found her car at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital parking lot. Beneath a pile of newspapers in the back seat lay Colleen’s body. She had been shot eight times.

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When police questioned Scoville, he admitted killing Colleen but claimed it was self-defense, saying she had attacked him with a knife. Under interrogation, however, Scoville broke down, admitting he had struck his former lover on her head with a mallet before shooting her to death. Afterward, he took Colleen’s keys, wrapped her body in a bag and blanket, put it into her car and drove to the hospital parking lot.

Raymond Scoville was arrested on August 10, 1982, and charged with the murder of his former lover and business partner, Colleen Racich. In a written confession to police, he stated he had shot Colleen after she accused him of embezzling funds from their businesses.

Scoville’s mother posted his $50,000 bond. On April 12, 1983, four days after his trial began, a motion to suppress his confession to Chicago police was denied. The following day, Scoville was a no-show in court.

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On June 20, 1983, nine weeks after fleeing, Scoville was seen by a former employee at a Chicago restaurant. This is the last confirmed sighting of Raymond Scoville.

Scoville’s trial continued without him and in September of 1983, he was convicted in absentia of Colleen’s murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Instead of sitting in a prison cell, however, Scoville has been in hiding for nearly that amount of time.

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Scoville is also suspected of killing two former girlfriends, one of them being Jill Clark. Soon after Scoville began his affair with Colleen, Jill was found shot to death. Although it was determined the gun that killed Jill belonged to Scoville, her death was ruled a suicide.

I was not able to find a source naming the other ex-girlfriend Scoville is suspected of killing. I also could not find a picture of Jill Clark.

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In recent years, retro stores have become increasingly popular, and vinyl records have been making a comeback.

Not so, Raymond Scoville. He remains in hiding over 37 years after killing Colleen. Scoville spoke fluent Spanish, and authorities believe he may have fled to central or South America. He may be using the names David Shaw, Robert Branch or Harvey Lnu. Scoville would today be 68-years-old.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Raymond Scoville, please contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 746-6000 or the Chicago FBI office at (312) 421-6700.

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THIS LIST OF LINKS IS NOT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING SOURCE CITING. ALL OF THE INFORMATION USED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE EASILY FOUND ONLINE. LINKS BELOW WERE USED AS SOURCES AND ARE RECOMMENDED READING FOR SYNOVA’S READERS. SYNOVA STRIVES TO CITE ALL THE SOURCES USED DURING HER CASE STUDY, BUT OCCASIONALLY A SOURCE MAY BE MISSED BY MISTAKE. IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL, AND NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED.


SOURCES:
• America’s Most Wanted
• Chicago Sun-Times
• Chicago Tribune
The Herald News (Joliet, IL.)
• New Lenox Patch

Recommended Reading:

Read about more cold cases in

The Killer Book of Cold Cases: Incredible Stories, Facts, and Trivia from the Most Baffling True Crime Cases of All Time (The Killer Books)

More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


Support Synova’s Cause:

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Awful Irony – Guest Post Thursday

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In July of 1994, 21-year-old Angel Maher was about to begin her senior year at Creighton University. Before doing so, however, she made the 1,300 mile drive from Omaha, Nebraska, to her Scottsdale, Arizona, home to celebrate her mom’s birthday. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but instead it became one of tragic and awful irony.

Around 10:00 p.m. on the evening of July 29, a friend phoned Angela, asking for a ride home from a neighborhood bar. Angela had told her friend to call her if she had had too much to drink. As Angela left to pick up her friend, she told her mother not to wait up for her.

Half an hour later Rose Maher heard a knock on her door. She at first thought Angela had returned and had forgotten her house key. When she answered the door, however, her heart sank.

Standing on the doorstep was a policeman with a look of dread on his face. He informed Rose that her daughter had been killed in a car accident.

The awful irony of Angela’s death was soon learned. The young woman who took it upon herself to be the designated driver had, tragically, been killed by a drunk driver. The ultimate injustice, however, is that her killer remains in hiding over a quarter of a century later.

As Angela departed her home, 31-year-old Gloria Schulze stumbled out of a local bar, egregiously inebriated. Moments later, the two women’s vehicles engaged in a violent crash.

Paramedics arrived quickly on the scene, but by the time they were able to cut Angela from her car, it was too late. She was dead from massive blunt force trauma to her head resulting from the injuries sustained in the accident.

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Schulze, however, survived the accident relatively unscathed, suffering only a broken jaw.

When police arrived at the scene, she was lucid enough to be questioned and admitted to having drunk alcohol. Later tests showed her blood-alcohol level to be nearly double the legal limit for driving in Arizona. A urinalysis also detected traces of marijuana, although it could not show definitively whether Schulze had been stoned at the time of the accident.

As inebriated as Schulze was, she had had the sense to put on her seat belt. Angela had not been wearing hers. 

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In high school, one of Angela’s friends had been killed while driving drunk. Afterward, Angela established her high school’s S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drunk Driving) program. She organized several fundraisers and presentations at which she talked about drunk driving accidents.

Furthermore, Angela resolved to be a “designated driver.” When she and her friends painted the town, Angela always refrained from drinking to ensure that everyone would get home safely. She also insisted her friends promise her that if they had had too much to drink, they would call her to give them a ride home. 

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The phone call Angela received on the evening of July 29, 1994, was from a friend who knew she had had too much to drink. She remembered Angela’s order and called her.

Gloria Schulze didn’t have much sense. In a bitterly “sad” irony, Angela, the crusader against drunk driving, had become a drunk driving victim.

 On May 13, 1995, the day Angela would have graduated from college, Creighton University awarded her a posthumous honorary diploma. Her mother Rose accepted the diploma on her behalf.

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Gloria Schulze was charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment. At her arraignment, she was represented by a prominent attorney experienced in handling drunk driving cases. The attorney persuaded the judge to release Schulze under her own recognizance. The judge stipulated that Schulze was to submit to pretrial drug testing three times a week and report to the court by telephone once a week. Schulze, did not, however, have to post bond or surrender her driver’s license.

Schulze’s attorney asked, and was granted, six postponements for her trial over the next eight months. In addition, the prosecutor and judge originally given the case were reassigned.

In August of 1995, just over a year after Angela’s death, Schulze was offered a plea bargain. If she waived her right to a trial and plead guilty to reckless endangerment and manslaughter, she would serve a reduced sentence. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for September 15, 1995.

But Gloria Schulze had other plans.

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Because of the drunken Gloria Schulze’s decision to get behind the wheel of her car, Angela Maher is now only ashes. Even the sobered Schulze’s decisions, however, stayed shameful.

Schulze was a no-show for her court date in September of 1995 and has been a no-show for nearly a quarter-century. In 2001, she was convicted in absentia of manslaughter with sentencing to be imposed upon her capture. Eighteen years later, the sentence has still not been enforced.

Schulze comes from a family of means, and police believe relatives have helped her elude capture. Authorities believe Schulze lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for several years after fleeing. In the last 17 years, reports have placed her with family in California, Michigan and even abroad in Turkey. Despite the sightings, Schulze has managed to stay one step ahead of the police.

Gloria Schulze remains at large a quarter-of-a-century after claiming the life of Angela Maher. She is now 55-years-old.

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If you believe you have any information on the whereabouts of Gloria Schulze, please contact the Scottsdale, Arizona, Police Department at 480-312-5000.

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The obvious lesson of this awful story is to not drink and drive. The secondary lesson is that a motorist should always wear a seat belt. As inebriated as Gloria Schulze was, she had the wherewithal to put on her seat belt and it probably saved her life.

Angela was not wearing her seat belt; wearing it may have saved her life.

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SOURCES:
America’s Most Wanted
Phoenix New Times


THIS LIST OF LINKS IS NOT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING SOURCE CITING. ALL OF THE INFORMATION USED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE EASILY FOUND ONLINE. LINKS BELOW WERE USED AS SOURCES AND ARE RECOMMENDED READING FOR SYNOVA’S READERS. SYNOVA STRIVES TO CITE ALL THE SOURCES USED DURING HER CASE STUDY, BUT OCCASIONALLY A SOURCE MAY BE MISSED BY MISTAKE. IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL, AND NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED.


Recommended Reading:

Show your support for the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving by checking out their products on Amazon today.


More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


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Taken At the Ballgame

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On the evening of June 9, 1995, Colleen Nick and her six-year-old daughter Morgan traveled to Alma, Arkansas, to watch the children of friends play in a Little League baseball game.

As darkness fell, Morgan and two friends lost interest in the game. Instead of watching young boys catch fly balls, the children wanted to catch fireflies. They asked their parents if they could go play in a nearby field. The play field was within eyesight of the ball field, near where the cars were parked. With reluctance following Morgan’s persistent begging, Colleen let her go with her friends. A grateful Morgan thanked her mom, hugged her and gave her a big kiss before setting off on her quest to nab the glowing critters. As the game wound down, Colleen periodically glanced to the field and saw Morgan playing. The last images she has of her daughter is of her gleefully playing in the sand.

At the ballgame that evening, far more than bases were stolen. In an instant, someone stole a child, and the ripple effect would be stolen innocence, stolen memories, and a stolen life. Morgan, who dreamed of performing in the circus when she grew up, had disappeared. News of her presumed abduction spread beyond Alma, through all of Arkansas, and then all of America. Twenty-four-years later, however, Morgan remains missing.

When the ball game ended at approximately 10:45 p.m., the children began walking from the playing field to the ball field. Morgan stopped at her mom’s car to clean the sand from her shoes. She told her fiends she would meet them at the ball field, but she never arrived.

By the time Colleen reached her car, Morgan was gone. The police were summoned and conducted a search of the area but found no trace of her.

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Morgan’s friends remembered seeing a man they described as “creepy” talking to Morgan in the playfield. Several people recalled seeing a man matching the girls’ description watching Morgan play on the field earlier in the evening. While Morgan was playing with a different group of children, the man approached them and asked a question. Police have not released any details about what was asked. The man was in a red pickup truck. By the time police arrived to search for Morgan, the truck was gone.

Earlier that day in Alma, the same man is believed to have attempted to entice a four-year-old girl into his vehicle. Her mother saw it happen and screamed. The man heard her, saw her running toward his vehicle, threw the girl out of the vehicle, and sped away– in a red pickup truck.

The following day in Fort Smith, 15 miles southwest of Alma, the same man is believed to have tried to entice a nine-year-old girl into a men’s restroom at a convenience store. He stopped when the girl resisted. The girl said the man was driving a red truck.

Because the man in both instances resembled the man believed to be Morgan’s abductor, and because the truck involved in both incidents resembles the one seen at the ball field that evening, police believe they are linked to Morgan’s abduction.

Police believe the man is a loner, with few friends. He had a scruffy beard and salt-and-pepper hair. He is Caucasian, and in 1995 was between the ages of 23-38-years-old and spoke with a “hillbilly” accent. He weighed approximately 180 pounds and stood about 6’0 tall.

The truck the man was driving was a low wheelbase, red Ford pickup with dulled paint and a white camper shell with curtains covering the windows. Witnesses noted the shell was too short for the bed and the rear passenger side was damaged.

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In 2002, seven years after Morgan’s kidnapping, police received a tip that she may be buried on a private piece of land in Booneville, Arkansas, 53 miles southeast of Alma. However, after digging on the property, authorities found no trace of Morgan or any evidence that she had ever been there.

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In August of 2012, seventeen years since the last trace of Morgan Nick, Tonya Smith was arrested for computer fraud after attempting to assume Morgan’s identity. She was sentenced to six years’ probation and fined $2,500.

Police believe Smith was not involved in or has any knowledge of Morgan’s disappearance.

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Acting on another tip, on November 15, 2010, investigators searched a vacant house in Spiro, Oklahoma, 35 southwest of Alma, for DNA evidence that Morgan had once been in the house. At the time, the property was vacant, but a former occupant who once rented a mobile-home on the property had recently been convicted of the sexual molestation of a child and was considered a person of interest in Morgan’s disappearance. The search produced nothing relative to Morgan.

Granted permission by the new owner, on December 18, 2017, investigators returned to the house to conduct another search after receiving another tip. This search proved deja vu as no evidence was found suggesting Morgan had ever been there.

The previous occupant, now jailed in Oklahoma for the rape and molestation, remains a person of interest in Morgan’s abduction.

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One year after Morgan’s abduction, Colleen Nick established the Morgan Nick Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to prevent children from going missing and offers a support system to families who are facing the hardships of a missing child. The foundation has helped bring several children home safely, but its namesake child remains missing.

The state of Arkansas renamed its Amber Alert system after Morgan Nick.

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It is rare, but not unprecedented, that a child is found alive years after being kidnapped by a stranger. The rescues of Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard, and the Cleveland children Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight give hope, however faint, that Morgan could still be alive and will one day come home.

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Beginning with her establishment of the Morgan Nick Foundation, Colleen Nick has become a crusader in searching for missing children. She relentlessly searches for her daughter, confident her efforts will not be in vain.

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Police say over the years there have been hundreds of reported sightings of Morgan across the country, but none could be confirmed.

At the time of her disappearance, Morgan’s teeth were crowded and she would have needed orthodontic braces in adolescence. Police hope if she were kidnapped to be raised as another person’s child, a worker in the dental field will have recalled doing the procedure.

Morgan Nick would today be 31-years-old.

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Further Reading:
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
• Arkansas Times
Charley Project


THIS LIST OF LINKS IS NOT AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING SOURCE CITING. ALL OF THE INFORMATION USED IN THIS ARTICLE CAN BE EASILY FOUND ONLINE. LINKS BELOW WERE USED AS SOURCES AND ARE RECOMMENDED READING FOR SYNOVA’S READERS. SYNOVA STRIVES TO CITE ALL THE SOURCES USED DURING HER CASE STUDY, BUT OCCASIONALLY A SOURCE MAY BE MISSED BY MISTAKE. IT IS NOT INTENTIONAL, AND NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED.


Recommended Reading:

For more stories of famous kidnappings check out these books on Amazon today.


More About Our Wonderful Guest Blogger:

Ian Granstra is a writer and a native Iowan now living in  Arkansas.Growing up, he enjoyed watching real-life crime shows and further researching the stories featured. He wrote about many of them on his personal Facebook page, and several people suggested he should start a group featuring his writings. Ian founded the Facebook group “Murders, Missing People and More Mysteries” in August of 2018 he writes about many cold cases. The group also features many current criminal cases in the news. When Ian isn’t writing, he enjoys exercising, traveling and collecting sports cards. He’s also a big animal lover (his Facebook nickname is “beagle lover.”)


Support Synova’s Cause:

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