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What Happens in the Mountains of Cragsmoor, Stays in Cragsmoor: Where is Joe Helt?


Joe Helt

Friday night. For most workers, it’s the end of a long work week. For high schoolers, it’s party night. Seventeen-year-old Joe Helt was no different. He looked forward to the parties up at the old Mount Cathalia Lodge just outside of Ellenville, New York where he lived and went to school. The lodge burned had burned down years ago and became a Friday night hot spot for young partiers. January 16, 1987 was no different. With just a hint in the skies foretelling of an epic snowstorm that would hit the area the next day, Joe Helt went to the party. His close friend Jackie Mennella said the last words she heard from Joe that day was “See you there.” She went to the party early but never did see Joe there. Joe showed up later and was with the group of 40 or so kids until the early morning hours of Saturday, January 17. Several theories and rumors take up the story from here.

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For Joe Helt, Still Silence From Those Who Know


It was late February when I last wrote about Joe Helt, the then 17-year-old who vanished in the mountains near Ellenville, New York in 1987. There are 3 men who were supposedly with Joe in the hours and minutes before he disappeared. Their stories back then didn’t support each other and yet, nothing was done. Joe is gone. I offered back in February for the 3, John Laforge and Kelly Diaz, both who still live in Ellenville and Wade Marks, who left the area right after Joe disappeared to come here and offer what they know.

Earlier this month, I got an email from a friend of Kelly Diaz who said, “Kelly is like a ‘bro to me.” I asked the writer if he would put me in touch with Kelly so we could talk and get his side of the story out there. He said he would contact Kelly to see “if he even wants to bother.” He closed with, “I know a lot of shit about it too.” I asked him for more details but nearly a month has passed without an answer. Hopefully, soon we’ll know more.

LAPD Shooting Anything That Moves


I am pro cop. Let me get that out of the way. My son-in-law is a police officer and I have full respect for the police. That said, given what’s going on in Los Angeles right now, there is a deep-rooted problem within the LAPD. There’s also a massive problem with the media. Why is it that there’s just a brief article in the LA Times about what happened during the on-going search for ex-cop and killer Christopher Dorner. Some other media outlets gloss over what happened. My question is why. What happened you ask? Here’s the first few paragraphs from the LA Times. Read the rest of this entry

UPDATE: Body Found in Louisiana–Strongly Believed to be Mickey Shunick


She was last seen May 19 on a surveillance video camera, riding her bike home like any other day. Today, police say they have found the body of 22-year-old Mickey Shunick.

Lafayette, LA – On the morning of August 7, 2012, investigators involved in the Mickey Shunick case received credible information as to the location of Mickey Shunick’s body. Investigators were directed to a section of property off of Louisiana Highway 10, near its intersection with Louisiana Highway 13, in Evangeline Parish. Upon going to the site, they discovered an area where a buried body was located. Working with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette Metro crime scene technicians began processing the scene with forensic experts from LSU. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Case: Missing Girl’s Bike Found


Mickey Shunick

After spending the evening with a friend, 21-year-old Mickey Shunick did something she’s done hundreds of times. Rode her bike home. This time, she didn’t make it and yesterday, just over a week since she was last seen, her bike was found beneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Here are some pictures and some details from the site Find Mickey Now. Time is running out.

There is a $25,000 Reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Mickey Shunick, no questions asked.  The reward is capped at this amount.

LAFAYETTE, LA: 21-year-old Mickey Shunick (pictured) was last seen at about 2:00 am (May 19) riding a black and gold Schwinn Cutter bicycle with glittery gold handlebars from a friend’s home in the Saint Streets area of Lafayette. She was riding back home to the area near Ambassador and Congress, but never made it home and hasn’t been seen since. She is 5’1″ tall, weighing about 115 pounds, has shoulder length curly blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a small tattoo of a bicycle on her right outer ankle and a nose ring on her left nostril. She was last seen wearing a pastel multicolored striped shirt, light wash denim skinny jeans, and silver ankle boots. She was also carrying a light brown leather backpack, a black and yellow Vera Bradley wallet, a black Verizon slider phone and a small pink container of pepper spray. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Lafayette Police at 337-291-8633 or email findmickeyshunick@yahoo.com

Last known photo of Mickey. Detectives were able to identify a bicyclist believed to be Mickey Shunick travelling on Versailles Blvd and Saint Landry Street. At approximately 1:47AM the bicyclist is captured on Versallies Blvd travelling towards St. John Street. She then travelled on St. John Street and crossed over University Avenue, continuing west on St. Landry Street where she was captured on video at approximately 1:48PM. Investigators are seeking information regarding a white newer model four door pickup truck, which was captured on video after Mickey Shunick travelled on both streets. Anyone with information about the case of the pickup truck is encouraged to call the tips line at 337-291-8633 or Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.

I Am Back!


It’s been a while…I know. I’d like to blame it on jet lag but, I’ve been back for a few weeks now.  Anyway, there’s more to come on Joe Helt and next up, let’s take a look at what happened to Gail Palmgren shall we?

Make Joseph Kony (Google him) Famous in 2012!


JOSEPH KONY IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S WORST WAR CRIMINALS AND I SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO ARREST HIM, DISARM THE LRA AND BRING THE CHILD SOLDIERS HOME.

Make Joseph Kony famous in a way he will never be able to hide. Watch this video. You won’t be able to stop. Joseph Kony.

 

Statutes of Limitations: New York, Mississippi, Illinois


Just for the heck of it, here are some statute of limitations in a few states.

“Statutes of limitations” are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a “civil” lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit, or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime. These time limits usually depend on the legal claim or crime involved in the case, and they’re different from state to state. For example, in some states you may have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after you were hurt in a car accident, but in other states you may have two years. As a general rule: Read the rest of this entry

Kidnapped Girl’s Father: I Am Coming


Two weeks ago, Samantha Koenig was selling coffee in an Anchorage, Alaska hut common for the region. Surveillance tape shows someone breaking in, robbing the place and taking Samantha by force. She hasn’t been heard from since although some news reports indicate police are making “some progress.” Below is a message Samantha’s father has for whomever did this. Like James Koenig says, do the right thing. Read the rest of this entry

Corrections to the Lacey Gaines Story


Getting things right is what we strive to do but from time to time, some misinformation gets through. Usually it’s not done intentionally, it’s the way memories work or stories passed down getting a little tweak here or there. In any case, Lacey’s mom Gilda Gaines, who reads here, let me know what the discrepancies are. And here they are for you. Read the rest of this entry

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