Missing or Murdered in Missouri: Unsolved and Solved Cases: Unsolved and Solved Cases
Like most other states, Missouri has a growing list of cold cases. Three women vanish from a home in Springfield in 1992 on high school graduation night. A young woman is abducted in Ava and murdered after mowing a church cemetery. A 9 year-old disappears and her body is found in 1975. A nurse and her children are killed in their home in a quiet new subdivision, and two mothers have vanished without a trace. An elderly woman who has been featured on the album cover of a popular band is murdered in her Aldrich home. Just as solved cold cases have become popularized in a variety of television documentaries, Missouri cases are also becoming closed. DNA has been the smoking gun in one 25 year-old homicide and has sent a prominent businessman to prison. People are talking and in the case of a 15 year-old murdered in 1982, there have been convictions. Surveillance tapes and cell phones have been added to the arsenal of evidence. Files are being revised and the media is featuring their stories again. These are some of the victims cases and their families who press on and the organizations, detectives, and experts who support them.
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There is one murder I am very familiar with, that of Tammy Lynn Smith. The writer can be forgiven for believing the family about not sending her into the night etc. Interviewing any one that lived around there would have told them that Tammy was sent to the supermarket many times late at night for groceries, I personally heard her mother or sisters on more than one occasion yelling at her to go fetch them some thing or other and walked with her a few times. Many in the neighborhood felt horrible for how she was treated, publicly, by her family. Tammy had a really hard, short, life and the cops that originally investigated were ham handed, illogical and victimized Tammy, blaming her all over again! Perhaps the writer did not want to alienate the police, let alone bring guilt back to the family (deserving as it might be), but at the very least get the geography right! Go to the neighborhood. Even now with Division street much widened it is quite easy to see that the shop she was killed in and the garage she was left in nearby is no where near the route she would have taken to get to the store or back to her house.
Great book, including the details of the 3 Missing Missouri Women, occupy a chapter in this book.