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Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony

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Photo of Janice Pockett taken shortly before her 1973 disappearance

Friday, July 26, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Janice Pockett’s disappearance and presumed abduction and her family has an invitation for anyone and everyone which they’ve posted on Janice Pockett – missing since July 26, 1973, a Facebook page with over 1, 238 likes.

The town of Tolland, CT is honoring my sister by placing a memorial bench at Cross Farms Recreational Complex, just a short distance from where she disappeared in 1973. A Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday July 26, 2013, the 40th anniversary of her disappearance. Everyone is welcome – please come and help us remember Janice.

Name of Memorial: Janice Pockett Memorial Bench Dedication Ceremony
Date: Friday, July 26, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Cross Farms Recreation Complex Tolland, Connecticut

Janice Pockett was a 7-year-old child from Tolland, Connecticut when she vanished on the afternoon of Thursday, July 26, 1973. She had caught a butterfly earlier that morning about three-tenths of a mile up the road from her home, and hid it under a rock. She left her home on her green bicycle to retrieve the butterfly but never made it. Her bicycle was found on Rhodes Road near the intersection of Anthony Road but Janice was never found.

Janice was born on October 15, 1965 and would be 47 today. So far there have been no main suspects in her alleged kidnapping and nothing to indicate she was murdered however, almost 4 decades later any hopes for a safe return have dwindled.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to please contact:

Connecticut State Police at (860) 685-8000
You can also email family of Janice Pockett at mapeanevca@sbcglobal.net

Son, 27, desperately searches for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was charged with custodial kidnapping of him and his brother (DailyMail)

A man is desperately searching for his fugitive mother 17 years after she was accused of kidnapping him and his brother amid a custody dispute with her former husband.

Jonathan Wiegand, 27, still sleeps with a picture painted by his mother Linda under his pillow at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut, and said he does not know whether she is alive or dead.

But due to a lack of court resources, the charges against her have been dropped – so Jonathan hopes he will finally see her again.

‘I’m praying to God that she’ll come back now,’ Wiegand told the Hartford Courant. ‘It’s really affected my life. I’ve cried so many nights because of this.’

On the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 - four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been droppedOn the run: Linda Wiegand is pictured with her son Jonathan in 1993 – four years before she vanished after being accused of custodial kidnapping. The charges against her have now been dropped

Linda Wiegand vanished after she was arrested in Las Vegas July 1996 with her two sons, whom she had allegedly kidnapped from their home in Connecticut.

At the time, her ex-husband, Thomas Wilkinson, had custody of Jonathan, who was 10, and his brother Benjamin Wilkinson.

She was charged with custodial interference and the boys were returned to their father. But when he caught day arrived, she never showed up.

Click here for full article published by MailOnline

Vermont firefighters charged with holding boy,12, as sex slave for years (DAILYMAIL)

  • Vermont State police have charged two men with Connecticut ties in an alleged child sexual assault case
  • The suspects are both middle-age men who were respected firemen for the West Haven Fire Department
  • The assaults occurred in The assaults allegedly occurred in Ludlow and Cavendish, Vermont
  • The victim, who is now a young man in his twenties, came forward with the allegations last month, saying the assaults began when he was 12 and the sexual relations continued to last year.
  • Meyer is alledged to have brought other underage victims from Connecticut to Vermont where he would sexual assault them and then ask the victim to perform sex acts on them

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Suspects: Frank Meyer, 39, of West Haven, Conn., and Brett Bartolotta, 42, of Cavendish, Vt., are charged with aggravated sexual assault and slave trafficking

Click here for the full article written and published by MailOnline

American College Student Vanished In Florence, Italy Almost One Decade Ago

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Photos of Matthew A. Mullaney taken shortly before his 2003 disappearance

Matthew Mullaney was in his early twenties when he suddenly went missing nine years ago. He was born and raised in the United States but was attending college at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He had previously attended Fairfield University in Connecticut but had flown to Italy in January 2003 to study art. It was his first semester of college abroad and he was excited at the opportunity to explore another country/culture. Loved ones described him as an outgoing, social, friendly young man with no known enemies.

A few weeks after arriving in Italy, Matthew disappeared. On the night of January 31, 2003, Matthew told his roommate he was heading to the Lions Fountain Irish pub in Florence, a local spot frequented by American students. Witnesses reported seeing him in the early morning hours (approx 2:30AM) standing outside the Pub, getting ready to leave. That was the last time he was seen. His roommate reported him missing the following day on February 1, 2003, when he didn’t return to their living-quarters and couldn’t be reached.

“According to the staff, his behavior was normal and he was chatting with other students in the bar while there,” the young man’s family would later say in a written statement posted on a website they created (http://www.matthewmullaney.com/)

The FBI has since become involved with this case and on their website under his case it lists him as possibly being in Europe. Those sightings are not confirmed and family members and friends say he would have most definitely contacted them unless he was put into a situation where he couldn’t reach out to them. (Ex; Abducted.)

A website titled Have You Seen Matt? was created by loved ones who’ve been without answers for years. At the top of the site there’s a little intro which says;

We are (Matt Mullaney’s family), a family desperate to find our son/brother. His gentle spirit, quick wit and beautiful smile is missing from our lives. Matt is loved and missed by so many. We have been relentless in our search for him since February of 2003. Please take the time to look at his face ( and read our story) We know this is our only hope of receiving word about him. We have faith that someone out there has an answer for us. We hope and pray that you will come forward. Please help us find Matt…

  • Full Name: Matthew Alan Mullaney
  • Birthdate: November 5, 1981
  • Missing Date: January 31, 2003
  • Age Then: 22 years ago
  • Age Now: 31 years old
  • Born In: Brockton, MA – USA (New England)
  • Went Missing In: Florence Italy
  • Race: White (has Irish decent) Gender: Male
  • Hair: Dark Brown (thick and wavy)
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Ht: 5’10” Wt: 175 pounds
  • Possible Locations: Europe, Italy, USA, Etc
  • Other: He has pierced ears, but may not wear earrings. He has surgical scars on his left ankle, along with pins in his left ankle. He has a large tattoo of a shamrock with flames coming off the top of it in the middle of his back.

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Photo of Shamrock design similar to Matthew’s tattoo

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to please contact Matthew’s mother, Terri Mullaney at 781-545-6995 — You can also leave a tip by clicking Matthew’s FBI Missing Persons Poster (also click the Facebook ‘share’ button on his poster to spread awareness.)

Two Similar Unsolved Cases of Unidentified Females Found In NY

These two cases are very similar. Both females were discovered in NY, both are Hispanic/Black woman, each with a similar tattoo on their breast, both murdered and unidentified, both with missing body parts when they were discovered. They were found ten years apart.

Victim One:

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A small tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem above her right breast

  • Unidentified Hispanic or Black Female
  • The victim was discovered on March 3, 2007 in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York
  • Estimated Date of Death: Last week of February, 2007
  • State of Remains: Torso and two legs only
  • Estimated age: 35-50 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: 5’7″ – 6’1″; 180 – 200 lbs.
  • Other: The torso had a stab wound and belonged to a large woman.
  • Clothing: She was wearing gray Champion sweat pants, a tan or cream-colored long-sleeved shirt by Voice and a red camisole bearing Spanish-language labels.

A female torso inside a suitcase washed ashore at Harbor Island Park in Nassau County, New York on March 3, 2007. About three weeks later, the two legs were found a day apart — on March 21 off Cold Spring Harbor and March 22 off Cove Neck, along Nassau County’s Gold Coast. Each leg had pink toenail polish on some toes. DNA confirmed the legs and torso belonged to the same woman.

Since the torso floated onto the beach as storm-fed floods hit the region, authorities have said it could have come from almost anywhere.

The dark blue or black suitcase is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. Police also found small scraps of paper tucked away in the crevices of the suitcase. When pieced together, it looks like a calendar with the Spanish word “cinco” and the phrase “begin to live.”

Mamaroneck Police Department are working jointly with Nassau and Suffolk Police
914-777-7780

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Victim Two:

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A tattoo of a peach in the shape of a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drips falling from its core was located on her left breast.

  • Unidentified Black / Biracial Female
  • Located on June 28, 1997 in Lakeview, Nassau County, New York.
  • Estimated Date of Death: No more than 3 days
  • Cause of death was homicide
  • Estimated age: 16 – 30 years old
  • Approximate Height and Weight: Unknown
  • Scars/Marks: She had an abdominal scar, possibly from a caesarean section.

On June 28, 1997, a dismembered body was discovered in a wooded area of Hempstead Lake State Park, Lakeview, New York. Both arms, head, and legs below the knee were severed and have not been located. The torso was found on the west side of Lake Drive, about 200 yards north of Peninsula Boulevard.

She was found in a Rubbermaid container along with a red towel and a floral pillowcase.

With no leads to the woman’s identity, the police published a picture of the approximately two-inch wide tattoo in a national tattoo magazine, in the hopes of finding the artist who did the work. They received a call from a man in Connecticut who claimed he remembered giving the tattoo to a woman. The artist said he remembered the customer as a young black woman, about 18 or 19 years old, who was accompanied by two women, an aunt and a cousin. During the session, he also claimed she told him she was from either the Bronx or Long Island and that she was in Connecticut because having trouble with her boyfriend at the time. It is possible the woman had other tattoos on her arms or lower legs that the killer did not want found.

NCIC Number: U-037859772
If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Detective William Brosnan
Nassau County Police Department
516-573-7000
OR
1-800-244-TIPS

Source: Doe Network

Sandy Hook Hero, Gene Rosen, Now Being Harassed By Conspiracy Theorist Who Believe The Newtown Resident Is Nothing More Then A Fake

It’s been exactly one month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and according to Huffingtonpost,  Gene Rosen (pictured) is now being harassed by conspiracy theorist also known as “truthers”, who believe the alleged hero is nothing more than an actor and pedophile.

 A good Samaritan who harbored six terrified survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre has been singled out by conspiracy theorists accusing him of being a liar and an actor.

On the morning of the shooting, Gene Rosen of Newtown, Connecticut, was feeding his cats when he discovered four terrified children hiding out in his driveway. They told him their teacher was dead, and he listened to their chilling account of the tragedy still going on at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the aftermath, Rosen, 69, was interviewed by many of the media outlets that descended on the small community, and his anguished face flashed across television screens around the world.

The sincerity of that anguish was questioned by a group of conspiracy theorists who call themselves “truthers,” Salon reported earlier this month. These truthers have so far posted Rosen’s personal information online, created fake social media accounts using his name and harassed him via email and phone.

“I don’t know what to do,” Rosen, a retired psychologist told Salon in a follow-up interview on Tuesday., “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long. And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.”

Unfortunately for Rosen, it is an abomination that has gained ground in the weeks since the deadly school shooting. Websites, like SandyHookHoax.com, have sprung up questioning Rosen’s motives for sharing his story.

Click here for the full article and video published by Huffingtonpost

Moment of Silence One Week After Sandy Hook Massacre

Overcome: Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia's hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia’s hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute's silence

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute’s silence

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Rescue: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Moment of silence: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

12/21/12 Dailymail.co.uk article – 

Americans remember Sandy Hook school shooting victims with a moment of silence a week after massacre that shook the nation