Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amy cartoon in Plain Dealer today.

Did everyone catch the Amy tribute by editorial cartoonist Jeff Darcy in the Plain Dealer today?

It's a pretty powerful image. And, like the best artists and authors, Darcy's work leave room for some interpretation, at times searching for tone more than specific meaning.

This works for me for a couple reasons. Many of us associate this case with our childhood, as that moment in our life when the fairy tale ended, when adult concerns intruded on childhood dreams. And because, like our friends Linus and Charlie Brown, Amy is someone who will never grow up, someone who will always and forever be a child. It's our innocence that mourns her. Her abduction and murder was as incongruous to our view of the world as a gravestone must be to characters in Peanuts. It's something that shouldn't be.

Anyway, that's my thought. Darcy did a good job capturing the tone.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Morning Journal covers 20th Anniversary

Excellent article by up-and-comer Megan Rozsa in the Morning Journal today, including interviews with BV Mayor and Police Chief:

Says Bay Village Police Chief David Wright:
"It's hard to put a number on how many suspects there are. But I'm sure we've already talked to him."
Makes me think that maybe it's time to get a pair of fresh eyes on those old reports, because if that's the case, they've definitely overlooked something important. Other police departments with cold cases have asked detectives from other jurisdictions to look at cases. Might not be a bad idea to partner with someone like Robert Sackett, the guy who handles the Beverly Jarosz case in Garfield Heights, or some of the sharp detectives over at the Cleveland Sex Crimes unit.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Amy updates

An Amy billboard has been spotted near New London on Rt. 60! Look for two more; one on Rt. 224 and one in Amherst.

Still waiting to hear where the two ClearChannel billboards will end up in Cleveland.

These are the "static" billboards, with just Amy, not the digital ones that are in rotation across the state. Still haven't seen the digital billboard start circulating in CLE, yet, either.

Also, this came from "Anne" today: 
"Amy was definitely seen calling her mother by the [nameless] girl witness. There were two pay phones just inside Avellone's Pharmacy, one lower than the other for handicap access. I worked with this girl's grandmother at the time, and she told me immediately after the abduction that her granddaughter had seen Amy talking on the lower pay phone; this man was standing next to her with his hand on her shoulder."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amy billboard spotted in Cincinnati!

Lamar Advertising is already running Amy's "reward" poster on their digital billboards across the entire state. A friend of mine spotted it in Cinci. Anyone seen it around here?

This should bring in some new tips, hopefully. Fingers crossed.

New Article

20 things you should know about Amy's case on the 20th anniversary of her murder, courtesy of The Independent.

Other updates:
-the billboards should be going up within the next week (thanks everyone who chipped in!)
-another reporter is working on a story that will likely stir up some changes in the investigation.

Friday, October 02, 2009

The Billboard

I love it when a good plan comes together.

Here’s the final design for our billboards. I’m thrilled to report that there will be 5 of these in NE Ohio. And the design will be broadcast on Lamar Advertising’s digital boards throughout the entire state. Thank you to Lamar Advertising and ClearChannel Outdoor for giving us great deals. Thank you to Gray & Co. for donating the design work. Special thanks to everyone who chipped in with donations. We raised $900 in five days. $800 was put into these billboards. $100 was donated to the Nature Center in Amy’s name. We’re no longer accepting donations, but if you feel motivated, please contribute to the Nature Center through their website at

Let’s hope this brings in some new leads and inspires the investigators who will be receiving those tips. I hope this proves to them that we can accomplish more by working together.

Thank you.

P.S. Please continue to get the word out through email and Facebook that we need everyone’s help to persuade the national news outlets to mention Amy’s case this month. Direct them to the contacts in the earlier post.