A while back, I posted to Facebook a bit of truth telling about being an indie author. I have since deleted my Facebook profile and author page as part of my Year of Change, and don't miss it. But before I deleted everything, I searched for this post because what I said is valid, and deserves to be repeated.
Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings vanished from her Sastuma, Florida home nearly ten years ago, and has not been seen since.
Charges on unrelated crimes have been filed against her parents and several others who should have protected this vulnerable little girl, who had already been through more than most adults. Every member of her family who should have protected her has turned out to be someone it is difficult to have a lot of faith in. And at the center of this enormous, complicated, and just plain stupid, rabbit hole, is Haleigh, a little girl who is still missing.
This case is like an artichoke. Peel back a leaf, and you just find another, more astonishing leaf beneath it.
A new year is the perfect time to make some changes, and I am.
It's been an ongoing process over the last year. One thing at a time, nothing too big or too hasty. But I have been changing things. I have lost almost 50 pounds through keto, started exercising, and have been getting out more, even in the shitty winter weather. I have also lessened my social media presence, because ultimately, sharing the minutiae of life on Facebook is not in itself a life.
This month on Into the Unknown, we explore a Christmas mystery, the unsolved Christmas Day murder of Latricia White, and the disappearances of her boyfriend Lee 'Dub' Wackerhagen and his son, Chance. For years, police believed Dub had murdered Latricia, then voluntarily disappeared with his son, but as the years stretched on with no contact, that scenario becomes less likely.
None of these mysteries have been solved in the 24 years that have elapsed, and the police are truly baffled by the sequence of events.
The Hartford Circus Fire in 1944 is known by many across America as the worst fire disaster in the country's history. Resulting in the death of over 150 people, many of them children, and the injury of over 700 more, this disaster was entirely preventable, most likely caused by either human error or arson. Despite a plethora or theories and several intensive investigations, no one is really sure what caused the blaze even now.
Unbelievably, over 70 years later, there is one victim who remains unidentified, a little girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, who is known as Little Miss 1565. While she is not the only victim who was never identified, it is heartbreaking that for so many years a beautiful little girl could remain unclaimed after such a tragedy.
This is a long one, so strap in.
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