Cold Case Quest: Amanda and Carolyn Adams

This post started out as something completely different. The real story is possibly more interesting than I originally imagined.

In July 1986, Amanda Adams was kidnapped in Columbus, Ohio. Her body was found near her house 9 days later. She was approximately four years old.

On July 16, 1986, Amanda’s mother, Carolyn Adams, was found under a bridge about 3-4 miles from where she was last seen alive.

There was a suspect. He also committed suicide in July 1986. It seems that the investigation came to a standstill after his death. Why couldn’t they find anything to clear his name or officially name him as the culprit?

There was a newspaper article that said the police could not afford to follow him around. Why wouldn’t they follow someone that was suspected of two murders? I bet that they could have found someone to follow the guy around for free if it meant that they could have arrested a murderer. Was the guys family influential or wealthy?

I think that this case is cold because the police didn’t follow up with evidence against the suspect or anyone else. Unfortunately, the police gave up after the suspect’s suicide and now the case is cold. Amanda and Carolyn’s cases are on the Ohio Attorney General’s list of open homicides.

The homicides also happened before DNA was used to solve criminal investigations.

This case needs a fresh set of eyes. Someone could look at whatever trace evidence is available. If there was any DNA, then the police could finally solve this mystery after 32 years.

The family of a little girl and her mother deserve whatever closure that solving the investigation can bring.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Angelo De Augustine

My mom and I do not have similar taste in music. However, I think I have found an album that we both could agree on – Tomb by Angelo De Augustine. So now there are maybe three acts that we like: Peter, Paul and Mary, Queen and Angelo De Augustine.

Unfortunately, singer/songwriters are underrated. There’s a formula for making a popular song but I don’t think it necessarily makes it a good song. I still enjoy listening to musicians that write their own music more than just about anyone.

De Augustine’s sound is pretty pared down. It’s his voice, a guitar or maybe a piano and that’s it. Personally, I like how he sounds without all of the extras. My favorite songs on the album are “You Needed Love I Needed You” and “Time.”

If you get a chance, listen to the Tomb album when it comes out on January 11. Until then you can listen to De Augustine on YouTube or bandcamp. Maybe you could listen to it with your maternal figure over the holidays.

https://angelodeaugustine.bandcamp.com/

Josephine Baker’s Last Dance: #bookreview

Ever since I first heard Josephine Baker’s name, her story has captured my attention. So when Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones became available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. 

The book is historical fiction but there is some truth to the story. It’s told from Baker’s point of view based on interviews and other documents. 

Some people didn’t think she was anything special. Those people were wrong. Not only was Josephine Baker was a talented dancer and singer, but she was also a pilot and human rights activist. Did you know that Baker had a pet cheetah, Chiquita? 

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/josephine-baker/

Even if nothing in the book was true, it was enjoyable to read. Of course, most of the details were true so it was fascinating to learn about Josephine Baker. It makes me wish I had been alive during the 1920s in Paris to see her perform. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

If you are interested in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, you can find it at Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501102443/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1501102443&linkCode=as2&tag=netg01-20

Cold Case Quest: Carin Q. White

The picture of Carin White on the Ohio Attorney General website doesn’t really represent her very well. It looks like a mugshot. I’m not sure when criminalizing the victim started but it’s way past time for it to stop. 

Luckily, there’s a better picture of Carin White to show you. She was a human being and should be shown in that way. 

I didn’t know her or her friend, DeWayne Johnson. She has many, many friends and family members that want this case to be solved. 

I’ve been reading through some case files. The police seemed so close to solving this case but it’s still listed as unsolved. 

Carin “Woo Woo” White and DeWayne Johnson were shot while at White’s home on January 6, 2010. At first, the Dayton Police suspected that it could be a murder/suicide. The coroner’s office said that it was, in fact, a double homicide. 

The police had a possible suspect and a gun but then nothing else happened. The last thing that was reported was that the gun was being sent off to the lab for testing.

It’s coming up on the 9th anniversary of the murders. What happened to the test results? What else is keeping this case from being solved? 

If anyone has any information, please contact https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Cold-Case/Homicides/White-(7). 

Any detail- big or small- could solve this case. It would be a shame to leave White and Johnson’s case as a cold case file. 

Links:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/two-found-shot-dead-home-identified/6zv6DBxHhfFAGzUuRuvv6N/

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/new-efforts-dayton-police-getting-results-unsolved-homicide-cases/eoUvf8qm9T3xEuDDIESiFK/

https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dayton/carin-white-condolences/138480770?cid=full