This month on Into the Unknown, we explore one of the weirdest cases I've ever read about. The disappearance of Arnold Archambeau and his girlfriend, Ruby Bruguier, was strange enough in the beginning. They and their passenger, Ruby's cousin Tracy Dion, had been drinking and were in a serious car accident. But that was only the beginning. And when Arnold's body was found months later, the mystery surrounding the new parents' disappearance only deepened.
This case starts out sounding like a run-of-the-mill disappearance, but then things take a hard left and things get...weird. Buckle up for this one.
The title of this post says it all. I messed up, but I have fixed it and we can all move on.
Except I want to talk about it, because I feel like the world doesn't really understand what an undertaking being an independent author is sometimes. This is sort of a continuation of my last post, The Rundown. If you haven't read that one, head over there, then come on back and read about my mistake. And how I fixed it.
Warning: this gets a little sweary. Okay, a lot sweary. Gird your loins.
This month's mystery is a horrific one, and I will start out this post with an additional warning than I usually offer. You might not like what you are about to read, as it involves violence against a child, a woman, and even a newborn, as well as the murder of their hardworking patriarch. This case is hard to stomach, and one that I had a hard time researching.
On November 18, 1987, the bodies of four members of the Dardeen family were discovered in their home. The father, Keith, was missing and initially was suspected of killing his family, only to be found murdered himself later on. A dead family was bad enough, but what was worse was the exact circumstances of their murders.
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.
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