Mabel Crumback: Canadian missing since 1950

I meant to have this post and another one up yesterday but that didn’t happen. I did manage to get this one done, and will be working on the next one shortly.

This post is longer that I wanted it to be, but I kept thinking of different things as I was writing it lol.

19-year-old Mabel Crumback disappeared from her Toronto, Ontario home in the early hours of May 28, 1950. She has never been found. read more

Who Took Little William Jones III in 1962?

Three-year-old William Jones III disappeared near his home in Vineland, New Jersey in 1962.

William Jones III

About the Case

On December 17, 1962, William and his two-year-old sister, Jill, were playing outside near their Taylor Avenue home in Vineland, New Jersey. Sometime later, Jill returned home alone carrying a poinsettia. She told her mother that Billy handed it to her before being led away by an unknown man. However, Jill had no explanation for the poinsettia. read more

Richard David Marlow: Missing since 1944 from Toronto

Richard David MarlowOn July 18, 1944, nine-year-old Richard David Marlow vanished without a trace near his Beta Street home in Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario. He was last seen riding his older sister’s bicycle up and down the street. The bicycle itself was left in the yard.

A few members of Richard’s family were at the movies that evening. Richard had been the night before, so he stayed home with one of his younger brothers. Gertrude, his mother, Richard’s sister, and his other younger brother went to the show. Their father, John was in the military and stationed out of town. Richard’s two older brothers were fighting in Belgium as World War II raged on. read more

Mary Agnes Moroney: Missing for 85 Years

This is a very old case, dating back to 1930. I normally do not write about cases that old, but this one has always intrigued me. It’s sad that her family never found her.

Mary_Moroney_5_15_30_Chicago_ILOn May 14, 1930,  a young Chicago mother named Catherine Moroney received a strange visit from a woman calling herself Julia Otis.  Julia claimed that a social worker by the name of Mrs. Henderson sent her to the Moroney residence to help the family. This did not surprise the 17-year-old mother. Catherine and her husband, Michael, had made a public appeal for a job for Michael in the Chicago Daily Tribune. They already had two children –  two-year-old Mary Agnes, a one-year-old girl named Anastasia – plus a third child on the way. The Moroneys were poor, and what they did make was not enough to support their young family. read more

The Disappearance of Phyllis Lorain Powell in 1963

powell_phyllisOn January 11, 1963, five-year-old Phyllis Lorain Powell stopped by the home of Lewis and Bernice Vinson, located at 310 Ashe Street in Woodland, North Carolina, at around 11:00 a.m. to watch some television.

Approximately 30 minutes later, she was seen by a neighbor skipping down Ashe Street toward Route 35/Linden Street.

By 12:00 p.m., Phyllis had disappeared without a trace. read more

The Disappearance of Civil Rights Pioneer Lloyd L. Gaines

Lloyd L Gaines
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Lloyd Lionel Gaines was a bright and intelligent young man with big dreams of a better future. After the sudden death of his father when Lloyd was only 14, his mother Callie moved her family to St. Louis, Missouri from Mississippi.

Lloyd graduated first in his high school class and even won a $250 scholarship in an essay contest. He enrolled in a teacher’s college but was forced to drop out for lack of money. After getting another scholarship and help from his brothers and black churches, he enrolled at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri where he became president of his senior class, an honors graduate in history and a skilled debater. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history in 1936, but he really wanted to be a lawyer. At the time, there were only 36 black lawyers in the state of Missouri. read more