I discovered a new tv show today during lunch. It runs in the States on Investigative Discovery and is called "Disappeared", true stories of people who have simply vanished. I watched the most recent episode this evening, and I am hooked to the point where I am downloading every episode I can find, which is probably half of them.
For some reason, missing persons cases fascinate me. Perhaps it is their seemingly-random nature, the "if not for the grace of God go I" aspect. I am not sure.
We have had more than a few missing persons cases in Nova Scotia. The most famous is likely that of Kimberly McAndrew in 1989, but there are many more. In the Valley, there was a man from Canning, Mark Clarke, not far from my hometown, who got a ride to Kentville, not far from his hometown, went for a walk down one of the main streets, and vanished.
A young man named Allan Kenley Matheson was attending Acadia University in 1992 when he, too, disappeared, a few weeks into the school year. In the nearly 24 years since, no trace of him has been found. There was supposed to be a documentary film about this case to come out in 2015, but it is apparently not finished yet. I chipped in some bucks to help with the production and am entitled to a digital copy of it when it's done. I look forward to seeing it. I am Facebook friends with Allan's sister. The man who's making the documentary is named Ron Lamothe. On the Kickstarter page for the film, Lamothe said he had once asked a private detective what case kept him up at night, which case was so mysterious, so baffling, so lacking in answers. The P.I. stated that it was the Allan Kenley Matheson case.
Going back to 1988, this one is especially troubling. A mentally ill young man named Lyndon Howard Fuller leapt from his third floor hospital window, ran into a wooded area, and disappeared. He was only wearing pajamas at the time. It was a cold night, and by all rights he should have been found within minutes. But, here it is, April of 2016, and nobody knows what happened to him, or if he is, nobody is talking about it.
There are so many more. Perhaps I will write some more posts on this subject, if you want me to. I already have a "MissingPersons" label so I have written about this subject at least once before. But if you want more, let me know. If there is a next time I will tell you about the Halifax business man who loved to hunt. One day, he went out hunting and... was never seen again. Afterward, I will tell you about a connection between that case and my present job.
Until next time pleasant... dreams?
Bevboy, stealing the end of both "Inner Sanctum" and the "CBS Radio Mystery Theatre"
P.S. Are you sure you locked your door?