Carl Eder: I’ve Done Enough Time

Carl Eder’s disappearance is slightly different from most of the cases I’ve researched for in that we know why he vanished because of a note that he left at the Tehachapi California State Prison from which he simply walked away in 1974.

I’ve done enough time and I’m leaving.

Continue reading “Carl Eder: I’ve Done Enough Time”

Marie Elizabeth Spannhake

Marie “Marliz” Spannhake had only been living in Chico, California for a month or so, having relocated from Cleveland, Ohio in December 1975. The nineteen-year-old was poised for a new beginning far from her hometown, employed as a part-time model at a camera shop while cohabitating with her fiance, John Baruth.

On January 31, 1976 Marie and John visited an indoor flea market and at some point an argument ensued. Marie left her partner on foot from the Eagles Hall, but being unfamiliar with the area would have to rely on the kindness of strangers for directions.

John reported her disappearance to authorities on February 2 when she failed to return home. Her personal belongings were untouched, making it unlikely that she packed up and moved out after the incident at the flea market.

Charges were never filed in connection with Marie’s disappearance despite a confession from a woman claiming she and her husband murdered the young woman and disposed of her remains.

Note: This entry contains graphic details and links that might be difficult for some readers.


Continue reading “Marie Elizabeth Spannhake”

Lucinda Lynn Schaefer

While most missing persons cases I’ve read so far belong to people who present complete mysteries, there are some known to have met with a tragic demise and the only missing puzzle piece is the location of the physical shell left behind.

Such is the case of 16-year-old Lucinda “Cindy” Lynn Schaefer, who disappeared on June 24, 1979 while walking home from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Torrance, California.

Note: This entry contains graphic content.

Continue reading “Lucinda Lynn Schaefer”