San Francisco, CA – A woman who went missing from her hospital room was found dead 17 days later in one of the hospital’s stairwells.
On September 19th, 57-year-old Lynne Spaulding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital, apparently for complications from a bladder infection. Her family says she was frail and thin when admitted, and were worried about her condition. Hospital staff were supposedly checking on Spaulding every 15 minutes due to her “frail condition and confused mental state,” which sounds a bit more serious than a simple bladder infection. Although, some sources are saying the medication the hospital had her on was making her disoriented.
The hospital said they last saw Spaulding in her fifth floor room at 10:15 am on September 21st, and that her condition had improved. A nurse checked on her fifteen minutes later and she was gone. When her boyfriend and two friends came to visit Spaulding shortly after, they were told she’d gone missing. Her family filed a missing persons report after the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and hospital staff conducted, what they believed to be, a thorough search of the hospital.…
Adelaide, Australia – On December 1, 1948, the body of a middle-aged white man was discovered lying beneath a lamppost on Somerton Beach by several pedestrians taking an early morning stroll along the shore.
That’s it. You now know nearly as much about him as police have figured out in nearly 65 years of investigation.
Theories abound as to the identity of the man. Due to the beginning of the Cold War and heightened tensions, some believe him to have been a spy, although no government has ever claimed him and there is no real evidence to support the espionage theory.
The undisputed facts of the case are these:
- An autopsy was unable to determine any cause of death. The medical examiner at the time strongly suspected poisoning, due to an enlarged spleen and minor damage to the liver and kidneys, but no foreign substance was detected in the body. As retired Adelaide Police Detective Gerald Feltus put it, the man “died of a sudden, acute onset of damned if I know!” In 1994, Victoria Chief Justice John Harber Phillips declares that “there can be little doubt that” the Somerton Man’s death was caused by digitalis, although the autopsy records had been lost for years and Phillips himself is not a physician.
Saginaw, TX – A police officer is in critical condition and the teen suspect in the Alanna Gallagher murder has been shot in the head.
A team of five or more law enforcement officers were at the home of 17-year-old Tyler Holder to serve an arrest warrant in connection to the murder of Alanna Gallagher, the 6-year-old found under a tarp in the middle of a neighborhood street.
When some teens found her body, she was wearing only purple underwear, her feet and legs were bound and she had a plastic grocery bag over her head.
Police were serving the warrant after DNA evidence came back linking Holder to the murder of Gallagher, who lived two doors down. Holder came to the front door with a gun concealed in his waistband, pulled it out, and opened fire at the officers, hitting one in the groin.
In return, another officer shot Holder in the head. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with life-threatening injuries. The cop he shot was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he is listed in critical condition.…
Saginaw, TX – On Monday night, some teens found the body of a young girl underneath a tarp in the middle of a neighborhood street. She was wearing only purple underwear, her feet and legs were bound and she had a plastic grocery bag over her head.
The neighborhood kids discovered the tarp in the middle of the street near Roundrock Drive and Cindy Lane. They found the girl’s body, believed to be around 4 or 5 years old, when they lifted the tarp.
“At first, I just thought it was some rubber stuff at first, and then I got a closer look and all I saw was a bag and I saw some hair sticking out and so, I was like, ‘Oh my God! It’s a girl!’ And that’s when I dropped to my knees and just started crying,” said 18-year-old John Smith.
Saginaw police have requested help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and an FBI Evidence Response Team was collecting evidence and taking photographs of the crime scene early Tuesday morning.…
Port Deposit, MD – Police in Maryland say they have a person of interest in custody in connection to the death of 10-year-old Kami Ring.
On Monday, 10-year-old Kami Ring was reported missing. The straight-A student had been last seen on June 9 inside the home she lived with her grandparents. When she was unable to be located the following morning, 911 was called.
That evening, police found Kami’s body 60 yards away beside a shed in a field across the street. How Kami died has not been released, but MSP spokeswoman Elena Russo says it appears foul play was involved.
On Tuesday, police arrested Kami’s uncle, 29-year-old Richard Madden Jr, who also lived in the home. While searching the home, Maryland State Police homicide detectives found cocaine and marijuana pipes that belonged to Madden. He has a criminal history dating back to 2004, including a recent conviction for theft that had him sentenced to five years in prison.
He was released last October, but these latest charges violate the terms of his probation. …
Kortne Stouffer, 21, vanished from her apartment in the early morning hours of July 29 after hanging out with a group of friends. Stouffer had returned to her apartment with an old friend she had reconnected with recently when, at around 3 a.m., she got into an altercation with her downstairs neighbor over her dog. Police were called and they ended up telling both Stouffer and her neighbors to return to their apartments.
An hour later, the downstairs neighbors made a second call to 911 because they heard “stomping and banging” coming from Stouffer’s apartment. When police arrived they found the lights were off in Stouffer’s apartment and no one answered the door when they knocked. So they left.
At 7:30, the man who stayed the night with Stouffer says he woke up to find her gone and left.…
SACRAMENTO, CA – I wasn’t going to post about the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, especially since Nancy Grace and a couple of silly “psychics” are on the case and will have this solved in no time, but when I saw Google considers an opinionated Gather article a news source, I died a little inside and figured I would put up my own article.
I know a lot of you have already heard about the murder of 13-year-old Jessica Funk-Haslam, but for those of you who haven’t, her body was found in a dugout of a baseball field last Tuesday morning. She had been strangled, stabbed and beaten.
The last person known to have seen her alive was her mother, Tara Funk-Haslam, who says her daughter ran out of the house to meet someone after an argument. She says she chased after her but was unable to catch her.
Armchair detectives are already fingering her as the prime suspect, speculating as to why her mother waited until the next morning to call police, or why she didn’t try to contact her friends or her father, Allen Porter.…
HONOLULU, HI — If you know of a child missing some fingers recently, police in Hawaii would really like to talk to you after a child’s fingers were found in a dumpster behind a low-income housing complex.
A woman was looking for bottles and cans in a dumpster behind the Kukui Gardens Housing Complex when she found a ziploc bag containing what she thought was ginger root.
“I saw a plastic ziploc bag, which I thought were ginger root starting to dry out. I’m a gardener, and I recycle, and I thought I’d be able restore them. So I threw them in my purse,” said Gina Rose Vendegna.
She later realized what she had found was not ginger root when she noticed the fingernails. She showed the fingers to some other people who weren’t convinced they were actually fingers, or if they were, once belonged to a monkey.
“I thought just by chance I’m going to call the Police Department, turn ’em in and let them decide,” Vendegna said.
Tests determined the fingers, two complete and four partial, belonged to a female child between two-and-a-half and four years old.…
Dyer County, TN — The body found near a cemetery on Saturday has been identified as 44-year-old Karen Swift, the mother of four who vanished after a Halloween party on October 30.
Less than a month after filing for divorce from her husband, Swift was last seen at the home she shared with her soon-to-be ex-husband, on October 30 at 1.30am. She had picked up one of her daughters from a sleepover after having attended a Halloween party at a country club.
Her husband, David, says he saw his wife on the stairs when she returned, but could not find her the next morning. David tried calling her cell, but got no answer. Not long after, a neighbor told David that Karen’s car was sitting off the side of a small nearby highway with a flat tire.
By Sunday afternoon, a friend of Karen’s called police to report her missing. They informed her to tell David, who had been calling their older sons and friends, to contact them with the details.…
LEWISTON, Maine – The whereabouts of a woman who went missing 28 years ago may have been discovered after a body was found in a freezer owned by a man who died recently.
Frank Julian was 52-years-old when his on-again-off-again girlfriend, 29-year-old Kitty Wardwell, went missing back in 1983. Julian was the last person to see her alive and told authorities that the last time he saw her was when he dropped her off at a motel after a fight.
Wardwell has never been seen or heard from since and police said she probably was the victim of foul play. Julian was interviewed by police on several occasions, but never got enough evidence to warrant searching his property. Now the mystery of what happened to Wardell may have been solved after Julian died unexpectedly on October 1.
Some of Julian’s family members were cleaning out a storage unit he rented when they found an unplugged freezer that contained a gruesome surprise; human body parts.
The freezer was removed with the remains inside to be taken to the chief medical examiner for an autopsy and DNA test. …
Here’s another book recommendation for you. I already missed one day and if I go two days without telling you all about a good book or movie, then it’s all over with. This would just hurt you ’cause if I recommend it, then it’s worth checking out. That’s a fact.
“In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals in a small town in rural Mississippi. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry was the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, black single mother. But then Larry took a girl to a drive-in movie and she was never seen or heard from again. He never confessed . . . and was never charged.
More than twenty years have passed. Larry lives a solitary, shunned existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion.…
PUTNAM LAKE, N.Y. — We have a lot of suicide stories on D’D, but none that I recall were a suicide by snake. But some unanswered questions surrounding the death of a woman found dead in her home after succumbing to the poison from one of the most deadliest snakes in the world, has some close to the victim feeling she may have allowed herself to be bitten.
Aleta Stacey, 56, was a snake lover who kept 75 snakes in the home she shared with her boyfriend. One of these snakes was the extremely deadly Black Mamba, reportedly the fastest venomous snakes in the world that also delivers a bite with a mortality rate of 100% if not treated immediately with antivenom. Typically, a bite from one of these bastards means you have about 20 agonizing minutes to make sure your corpse is found wearing clean underwear.
On Tuesday, Stacey’s boyfriend found her dead in their bedroom. She had snake bites on her arm and the Black Mamba was loose from its enclosure that was usually secured with a padlock.…
Spokesman Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department said the office received an anonymous report Tuesday that there were dismembered bodies of children at the home.
When County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrived at the private property, they saw blood and sought a warrant to search the property.
The F.B.I. is on the scene along with at least one cadaver dog assisting in the search effort for as many as 30 bodies, all of them reportedly to be the bodies of children.
Ok, I had to add an important update. The tip reportedly came from a psychic. *rolleyes*
A neighbor told reporters that police seemed to be congregating around the home of Joe Bankson, a long-haul trucker who is currently in Dallas with his wife. When contacted he said he was on his way to Georgia and had left on Sunday. “I haven’t killed anybody,” he said.…
SOUTH BERWICK, ME — It’s been almost two days and police have yet to identify the body of a boy found dead along a gravel road in South Berwick on Saturday.
What makes this even more disturbing is the fact that as of today, no one has reported anyone missing that matched the boy’s description.
Police released one of those helpful, yet creepy computer-generated photos of the boy shown to be around 4 or 5 with short, wavy dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He was 3 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 45 pounds wearing a gray colored camouflage hooded sweatshirt, tan colored khaki pants, and “Lightning McQueen” black sneakers.
Police are also looking for a navy blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. It has an extended cab and a full cap over the bed with a white license plate. Anyone with information on the boy’s identity or the pickup truck is asked to call Maine State Police in Gray, Maine, at (207) 657-3030.
LOUISVILLE, KY — A group of students on a field trip found a dead body in a ditch near Liberty High School Wednesday afternoon. The body was later identified as 14-year-old Terrence “Trey” Zwicker and now police are trying to find out who killed him.
A cause of death has not been revealed, but his death has been classified as a homicide. How long he had been laying there is not known at this point, but police said they do not believe he’d been there long. The teen lived nearby with his mother and stepfather, but also spent time with his dad who last talked to his son Sunday evening. They discussed his job at McDonald’s and his plans for the summer.
Other than that, there isn’t much info on this kid’s death. Some reports state he was not in school on Tuesday and a missing person’s report was never filed by the family. I read about ten different articles on this, and almost all of them involved a guy named Christopher 2X, a “community leader” who seems to be speaking for the family for some reason.…
Bournemouth, Dorset UK — Three days after announcing on her Facebook that she had a stalker, 17-year-old Emily Longley was found dead inside a home on Saturday morning.
Police described the cause of Longley’s death as “undetermined subject to toxicology tests.” But reports are that last Wednesday the teen informed everyone she had a stalker. She wrote: “I have a stalker!!!” She went on to describe getting a phone call from a private number. She asked who it was to which she wrote the replied: “You don’t know me but I know everything about you.” After hanging up, the unidentified male would not stop calling.
Of course her Facebook postings may have nothing at all to do with her death, especially since her father told a newspaper his daughter had died in her sleep, but he did not know how. Police did arrest two Bournemouth men, aged 19 and 17, but they were released on bail. Longley knew the two males and I’m going to assume that they were at the home she was found dead.…
Florida — If you packed two kids in some luggage before tossing them into a Florida canal, police sure would like to talk to you.
Police are out searching a Florida canal after a a homeowner alerted police to a duffel bag floating about midway across the canal that separates Delray Beach from Boca Raton. Inside the bag was the body of an African-American girl between 6 and 10. As investigators searched the bank for evidence, they found a suitcase containing the body of an African-American boy believed to be 10 to 12.
Police believe the deaths are related (man, I sure hope so), and are asking the public to get involved. No word on cause of death or how long they kids were in the water, but Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said the bodies were intact, showing no obvious signs of trauma aside from being affected by the immersion.
“If anyone has not seen their grandchild, their niece, their nephew, please give us a call,” Guerriero added.…
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Here’s a strange story I was reading about unfolding in Florida. Rescue crews responded to a medical call Monday morning off of northbound I-95 where they found an unconscious man and his dazed, 10-year-old foster son inside a red pest control truck.
They couldn’t get a lot of information out of him aside from the fact that he kept repeating, “The can’s in the car. The can’s in the car.”
That’s when they noticed the smell coming from a jug in the bag of the truck that contained a chemical later determined to be an acid-based solution used to clean metal.
The boy and the man, later identified as 53-year-old George Barahona, were taken to the hospital and placed in decontamination tents. Four other firefighters who felt the effects of the chemical were also taken to the hospital and later released.
But that’s actually the normal part of the story. It got weird after the FBI and hazardous materials crews were called in to deal with the chemical.…