Does ethnicity impact missing people cases and homicides?
During the past few weeks, social media blew up after a young woman named Gabby Petito, 22, vanished. Gabby and her fiancé Brian Laundrie left New York on July 2, 2021 to embark on a cross-country vacation in a van. The couple had known each other since high school. They covered their journey on social media. But things got strange after Laundrie arrived home without her.
The strange disappearance of Patricia “Patti” Adkins
Ohio has an extraordinary number of unsolved homicide and missing persons cases. One of the most intriguing ones I have followed for years is the story of Patti Adkins. Patti, a 29-year-old single mother worked at the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio. After leaving work on June 29, 2001, she vanished. It’s been over twenty years since anyone has seen or heard from her.
Justice denied: The Christie Mullins murder
I think it’s fair to say that whenever we see stories about unsolved homicides; it makes us angry. Although we didn’t’ know the victim, we just hope to never experience having a family member go missing or die under unusual circumstances. Imagine someone taking the life of a sibling, significant other or parent and going years without finding out who killed this person and why.
Military injustice: Part 3 of 3
For the past two weeks, I have written about soldiers who were murdered or died under unusual circumstances. What I find disturbing is that so many soldiers would still be alive had they just avoided the military. And I am not talking about soldiers who died on the battlefield. I am referring to soldiers who died stateside. Unfortunately, many are now deceased because they didn’t receive help from their superiors. For the last part of this story, I will profile three female soldiers who were failed by the military.
Military injustice: Part 2 of 3
Last week was the first part of a three-part story about men and women who died young after joining the military. For this week’s story, I wanted to share the stories of three more stories who died tragically. Two were murdered while the other died under suspicious circumstances. All three soldiers swore to protect America and ended up dead before their time. Unfortunately, all three would probably still be alive had they not joined the military.
Military injustice: Part 1 of 3
During the late 1980s, I joined the Indiana National Guard and then eventually transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves. I served for several years and then received an honorable discharge. Most of my fellow soldiers were superb people. But what sticks in my memory is understanding what it meant to leave no man behind.
Mysterious celebrity deaths
Hollywood is the place where movie stars are made. People travel in droves to make it big in the movie business. But most people who pursue stardom have little or no chance of ever becoming a household name. If lucky, they find a few roles as an extra.
The Berlin Reservoir killings
If you scan the news for the latest true crime stories, you will see many disturbing cases across America. Fortunately, many of them get solved by dedicated homicide detectives. Many of these killers get captured because they knew their victims. But there are many cases that have gone unsolved and will probably remain that way. Many of them occurred before DNA and modern science. And if law enforcement solves the homicide, the killers are often already deceased.