January 3, 1935: Testimony begins in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder trial. The accused, Bruno Hauptmann, appears in court facing the death penalty.
Harriet Elizabeth Riley (sometimes spelled Harriett, but for the sake of consistency, we'll stick with one "t") was born to Mamie and Harold Riley somewhere in Florida on February 26, 1968. She was the third of the Georgia-born couple’s children, with two older brothers, and---according to some reports---possibly an unnamed younger brother. The Rileys were listed … Continue reading A 6-year-old is found wrapped in plastic in a Sacramento dumpster in 1975, 4 years after her father’s unsolved murder. Initially ruled accidental, her “unsolved homicide” case was reopened in 2015: What really happened to Harriet Riley?
This marks my first List the Missing post, in which I hope to bring some attention to lesser-known missing persons cases. Each list of missing persons will be based on some shared trend. This week's trend is families who disappeared together.
New York City heiress Adele Boas didn't wake up on April 23, 1909 with the intention of going missing, but before the sun would set, she was gone.
Thomas Riha spent the night of March 15, 1969 attending dinner party at a graduate student's Boulder home. The University of Colorado professor appeared distracted and nervous that Friday night, but he was a quiet man by nature and his private life had been particularly chaotic as of late. No one was particularly worried by … Continue reading Introducing a Four-Part Series on the 1969 Disappearance of Thomas Riha