They don’t find people who go missing, you know. I’m at a loss for words.Cleveland resident Kayla Rogers • Expressing utter surprise that a childhood friend of hers, Gina DeJesus, was found—alive—along with two other women who went missing during the period between 2002 and 2004. DeJesus, the youngest of the three women, went missing when she was just 14. Amanda Berry was only 17 when she went missing after her shift at Burger King, and Michelle Knight, then 22, was last seen at a cousin’s home. The three women, now 23, 27 and 32, respectively, were found in the home of 52-year-old Ariel Castro, who was arrested in the wake of the discovery. Police found the women after Berry called police Monday afternoon. Too soon to know all the details, but this has some serious shades of the Jaycee Dugard story.
They told us they’ll probably bring him to us, and that he will likely be escorted by security.Egyptian Hazem Ghonim • Discussing the fate of his brother, Wael Ghonim, who will reportedly be released from Egyptian custody tomorrow. Wael, a Google executive, quickly became a lightning rod for the pro-democracy movement after his unexplained disappearance over a week ago. Turns out that Egypt targeted and arrested him. They had good reason – he was one of the catalysts for the Egyptian protests. “I said one year ago that the Internet will change the political scene in Egypt and some Friends made fun of me :),” he wrote on Facebook not long before his disappearance. Wael was one of the administrators for a key fan page used to organize the movement. But he’s one of many who have been arrested so far – the count is around 1,275, although most have been released. Hopefully, Wael will join them tomorrow – and be able to tell his story. source (via • follow)
First off, We’re A little uncomfortable with the way the L.A. times is covering this story. See, the Times put the collection of photos – 180 of them – into a pageview-generating giant slideshow, complete with ads on every page. We’ll let you click through them without posting any ourselves. Anyway, moving on … the photos, collected from suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr., are disturbing documents – the way they are cropped suggests at least some, but not all, of the women were naked in the original photos. The “Grim Sleeper,” called that due to a long period of dormancy, may have killed many other young girls; there’s nothing to suggest he ever stopped between 1998 and 2002. It’s possible he was just really good at covering his tracks. source