CARTHAGE — The Carthage Free Library Heritage Room recently received the donation of a valuable resource for genealogy.
Dr. Laurie Rush, Fort Drum cultural resources manager, presented the organization with a collection of books pertaining to the 13 cemeteries located on Fort Drum.
“One of the jobs our researchers are called upon to do is locating the final resting places of relatives for people both local and from a distance,” said Lynn M. Thornton, town of Champion and village of Carthage historian. “This gives us one more wonderful tool.”
The public will be able to use these references during Heritage Room hours — 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays — and by appointment.
The cemeteries outside the Fort Drum cantonment area include the Alexandria Road Cemetery, Fuller Road Cemetery, Gates Cemetery, Lake School Road Cemetery, Lewisburg Cemetery, Pierce Cemetery, World War II Cemetery, Savage-Varley Cemetery, Sheepfold Cemetery and Woods Mill Cemetery.
These will be accessible on Labor Day without pre-coordination with Range Control or a visitors pass.
Locations on post include the Cooper Cemetery, LeRay Mansion Child Cemetery and Quaker Cemetery. Passes are issued at the Visitor Control Center at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan Gate.
All Fort Drum cemeteries are annually open to the public on Memorial Day and occasionally on Labor Day. Those wishing to access these cemeteries during the rest of the year are directed to contact the Cultural Resources Section of the Environmental Division, Department of Public Works.
The areas where the cemeteries are located had contained several villages — now referred to as The Lost Villages. According to Mrs….
SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — After nearly four decades, a man’s body found in Tennessee off Interstate 24 near South Pittsburg has a name and a missing Georgia man’s family has an answer.
Donald Boardman had been a question mark after vanishing 37 years ago and his body would have remained a “John Doe” if not for a steadfast investigator who never gave up on the case, a curious stay-at-home mom who scratched out a trail to his identity and a Georgia criminal analyst who was in the right place when the decades-old cold case started coming together.
Boardman was a snappy dresser with a new 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 when he disappeared following an event at the Atlanta Convention Center. Then the body of an unknown well-dressed man was found in Tennessee with no name and no family.
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The investigation into Boardman’s disappearance — reported after he was last heard from Nov. 16, 1985, in Chamblee, Georgia — grew cold over the years until 2018, when a Sewanee, Tennessee, woman spotted a Chattanooga Times Free Press story on social media that roused her curiosity.
An intriguing story
The article was about a cold case that 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigator Larry B. Davis wanted to revive in hopes of putting a name to a half-skeletal body discovered by an angler in 1985 along a Marion County creek just a few steps from I-24.
The story was on two bodies discovered in the mid-1980s, one that was identified not long after it was discovered and another that would eventually be identified as Boardman, believed initially to have been linked by a common killer to each other and other bodies that were found in those years across Southeast Tennessee.
While skeletal from the waist up, the unidentified body was clad in an expensive Oxford cloth shirt and new Jordache blue jeans, Davis said recently in an interview at the District Attorney’s Office in Dayton, Tennessee.
In 1985, William M. Bass at the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center determined the body had been where it was found Dec. 16, 1985, for about 30 days, a period Davis said was accurate relative to the date authorities later learned Boardman had last spoken to his family. Bass and Lee Jantz, the center’s associate director, were instrumental in collecting the evidence that would help later help identify Boardman, Davis said.
Davis, 69, was 32 when he was part of the original investigation in 1985. He said it lingered in his mind because he knew there was a family somewhere that didn’t know what happened to their loved one. In December 2017, he approached the Times Free Press to work on a story about the cold case that ran Jan. 29, 2018.
Sewanee resident Barbara King Ladd spotted the Times Free Press story on her Facebook feed.
Ladd, who works for the Franklin County school system and in the past worked for the local judicial district’s drug court, said divine guidance was at work.
“From my perspective, God obviously put this case on Larry’s heart,” Ladd said recently in a telephone interview.
After reading about the case, Ladd said God had put Boardman’s case on her heart, too.
“I found the story in my Facebook feed, so I clicked on it and read it and then it put it on my heart and piqued my curiosity, and if something grabs my curiosity, I will follow it through until it gets boring to me,” she said.
Ladd, 43, began combing through missing persons websites for likely candidates based on information in the Times Free Press article. She said she was a stay-at-home mom at the time with lots of time for internet sleuthing.
“The forensic sketch and the picture of Donald Boardman was just perfect,” she said of when she found intriguing information on a missing persons website that seemed to have similarities to the body in Marion County.
As she searched Boardman’s name in a portion of another news story, Ladd found a detective connected with the case, but she didn’t immediately see the agency he worked for, she said. There was information about Boardman living in DeKalb County, Georgia, his identification and some clothing being found inside his car that had been reported stolen, she said.
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She was increasingly convinced she was on the right trail.
Ladd said no more than a day or two after reading the story she sent a couple of emails to the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office but they’d gone unread, she initially decided.
But soon, Davis emailed back about the Boardman information and told her he had taken that information to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Fusion Center in Nashville, but she never heard anything back after that. In Tennessee, the information met a dead end for lack of fingerprints or DNA evidence at the time to link to anyone, so the case idled, according to investigators.
“That’s when I said, I’m going to take all this information and send it directly to Chamblee,” Ladd said.
In late April 2021, Ladd decided to send the Marion County information through a Facebook message to Chamblee police.
“I intentionally decided to send it through Facebook so that the person who received it would know it was a real person and see my picture and know that I wasn’t crazy,” she said. “I think it was God’s hand again that the message went to Lori [Bradburn], who read the information and became interested in it.”
Chamblee Police Department criminal analyst Lori Bradburn was performing a routine check that day on the department Facebook page.
“I got a random message on our police department’s Facebook page that said, ‘I am pretty sure I have information regarding this cold case,'” Bradburn said during a recent interview at the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Dayton.
Bradburn, 34, unfamiliar with the 1985 investigation, started taking a new look at the case file and compared her information with the case details in the Times Free Press story.
Bradburn then began digging for case information on her end and got in touch with Davis to compare notes that would lead to answers, she said.
During the interview in Dayton, District Attorney Mike Taylor said help from the public is a common key to solving mysteries like Boardman’s.
“I personally commend the private citizen who gave her time and resources to help us a tremendous amount in solving this case. She did her civic duty and became involved of her own free will,” Taylor said.
Davis credits Ladd for her persistence.
“I’m so glad she went to the source and gave her thoughts to Lori,” Davis said. “If she hadn’t, I’d still be looking for Donald.”
Ladd said she was glad to have played a part along with the investigators and family.
“I think it’s really cool that God used me to play a part in this. It’s one of the coolest things that God has ever included me in,” she said.
“There’s Larry, who had the sense to get a really great forensic drawing of him and to over the years keep pushing the case so it wasn’t a dead file, right? Then he had the notion to contact you [the Times Free Press] to do the article,” Ladd said.
Bradburn and Davis began fitting the pieces together from case information going back more than 30 years.
According to a 1985 Chamblee Police Department report, Harry Boardman, Donald’s father, filed a missing person report Nov. 19, 1985, stating the last time he spoke with his son was three days earlier on the night of Nov. 16, 1985. Boardman’s employer at his new job in Atlanta at Miller and Zell Designs also hadn’t seen him since that same day.
The Chamblee police report said Boardman had a 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Chamblee police would soon hear from police in East Point, Georgia, where Boardman’s car turned up in the possession of three people, two of whom had extensive criminal records, according to Bradburn and the report.
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On Nov. 29, 1985, an East Point police 0fficer saw two men and a woman who appeared intoxicated get into a 1985 Camaro bearing Boardman’s license plate that was parked at a barbecue restaurant. The tag was identified as being registered to a car that had been reported stolen to Chamblee police, according to the East Point police report.
“The tag info had revealed that the vehicle was wanted by Chamblee P.D. in connection with a missing person, foul play suspected,” the report states.
The male driver and the two passengers were detained by police while their names were checked for active warrants. The woman was found to have an outstanding warrant on a charge of armed robbery in Atlanta, the report states.
The three were detained for questioning by Chamblee police. East Point officers while searching Boardman’s Camaro found a Visa card with Boardman’s name on it under the left rear seat where the male passenger had been sitting, according to the report.
Investigators at the time sought connections between the missing man and the trio found with his car and found Boardman’s Visa was used after he was reported missing to make a variety of purchases from gas stations, two department stores and two Chevrolet dealerships, according to 1985 police reports.
Other purchases using the card were made at a motorcycle salvage shop with descriptions matching the trio found with Boardman’s car, the reports state. Since 1985, the two men have died but the woman still lives.
Bradburn said Saturday she has found no evidence or documents indicating the three were charged in connection with the matter. She’s still doing a deep dive into police records, and investigators are looking ahead to next steps.
After joining forces, Bradburn and Davis decided last summer to contact Boardman’s sister and work toward a DNA test.
The forensic center in Knoxville in 2009 extracted DNA from a tooth, and after Bradburn contacted Davis in July 2021, the two were convinced it was time to find one of Boardman’s family members for testing.
He had only one, a sister, and her DNA matched the body’s in a mitochondrial test performed late in 2021, but Taylor and Jantz wanted a more conclusive “short random repeat” test, which is a form of DNA testing that yields high match statistics, according to officials.
The final word on that test came in February, when the more definitive test resulted in a match confirming Boardman’s identity.
Sister has answers
In Plantation, Florida, Debbie Boardman Anderson, now 70, has waited most of her adult life for an answer, she said in telephone interviews Wednesday and Thursday.
Anderson was more than stunned by the news it was possible her brother’s body had been found.
“Larry Davis called in July. I know they had been working on it, but for me, it was out of the clear blue sky. I was not expecting it,” she said. “There were so many things going through my mind — shock, happiness, relief and grief all at the same time. I was sobbing on the phone. I put down the phone, and I went and told my husband, Mike.”
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Anderson had been in a minor car accident the week before. At the moment Davis called, she and her husband were getting ready to go pick up a rental car, she said. Those plans and the previous week evaporated from her mind.
“I got immediate amnesia at that point,” she said, “and I was told afterwards that it could be a combination of minor head trauma and stress, hearing some incredibly stressful news.
“I mean, amnesia? That’s something you see in the movies.”
Anderson suddenly couldn’t recall the accident or the plans to get a rental car.
“For two or three hours, my husband said I had no clue what was going on,” she said. “He took me downstairs and showed me the car, and I said, ‘Oh, my God, what happened? What happened to our brand-new Tesla?'”
She regained her composure after a few hours, she said.
Anderson said she thought she would never know what happened to her brother.
The last time the family heard from him was in November 1985.
“It was right before Thanksgiving, and he had just talked to my mother about coming home for Thanksgiving,” she said. “He told her he was going to the convention center in Atlanta to go to a health food show. He was very into eating healthy, and that’s what he did that night.”
The family expected to see him soon, but they instead got a call from her brother’s employer, who told them Donald Boardman hadn’t shown up for work.
“I just told my husband that I’ve always had a sixth sense about my brother. I knew him really well, and I just knew something was wrong,” she said of her thoughts at the time. “It was a new job, and he loved it. He couldn’t wait to go to work. He’d just gotten a new car.”
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She said her brother’s personality might have made him vulnerable.
“What’s so frustrating about this is my brother was just such a nice guy, and he probably couldn’t believe what was going on,” Anderson said. “Thank goodness I’m still alive. I’ve carried this with me since I first got married. I’m so sorry for my mom and my dad, who never knew.”
Even though she and her parents knew their missing loved one was most likely dead, not knowing was torturous. Now she can lay her brother to rest, she said.
Anderson said she is grateful to Davis and the forensic center holding her brother’s body over the decades.
“I really appreciate what everyone’s done in Tennessee,” she said.
Anderson praises Davis for sticking with the case over the years, reviving it in 2018 so the connections from Davis to Ladd to Bradburn could be made to link her brother’s disappearance in Georgia to the creekside scene in Tennessee.
Ladd had a good eye for detail to see the resemblance in the forensic sketch that went with the 2018 newspaper story, Anderson said.
“It was finally time for everything to happen,” she said.
Her brother will come home soon.
“I’m going to have a memorial at sea,” she said. No date has been, set but Anderson hopes everyone involved in the case can attend when the time comes.
It’s a three-decade-old, high-profile murder case that has received national attention.
The person in the below composite sketch is the man investigators believe is the I-70 Serial Killer.
The sketches below are age-enhanced. These show what the killer could look like now.
According to police, six store clerks along Interstate 70 were killed in a murder spree over 29 days. Two in Indiana, two in Kansas and two in Illinois.
Detectives said the scenario for all six murders was basically the same. The killer walked in, shot the clerk in the back of the head and then left all in broad daylight, all with the same gun.
Terre Haute Police Detective Sergeant Troy Davis has been working on this case for more than ten years. The three-state killing spree claimed six lives – one in Terre Haute.
“I certainly wouldn’t call it a cold case now,” Davis said. “Even after 30 years, you might think people would get over it, but they don’t, they don’t get over it.”
Michael “Mick” McCown – Terre Haute’s victim
On April 27, 1992, the I-70 killer claimed the life of 40-year-old Michael “Mick” McCown. He was working as a store clerk at his family’s ceramics store.
This was on south 3rd Street in Terre Haute.
According to police, McCown was the I-70 Killer’s only male victim.
Davis stays connected with McCown’s family.
“When I see them (McCown’s family), especially when they get emotional…they still get emotional after 30 years, and that’s something that affects you,” Davis said.
Heating back up
Terre Haute Police Detective Brad Rumsey says he believes his department has an edge in solving this case.
“There’s no reason not to be focused on him, but you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. There’s always the possibility that this sketch could be off,” Rumsey said. “Maybe it’s one of those deals where someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You have to count on other things, not just the picture.”
The other things include the fact that the killer used a unique gun to shoot his victims. Ballistics link the deaths.
All of the agencies involved in this investigation have sent items away for DNA testing. Investigators hope DNA matches up and there’s a connection.
Davis says he’s witnessed firsthand this cold case warming back up in the last two years. Heat brought on by all the law enforcement agencies investigating the case.
Davis says, yes, they have a facial composite of the suspect, and ballistics link the deaths, but they need more. That’s where advancements in technology come in.
All agencies working on this mystery have evidence that’s been sent away for DNA testing. The results from the testing could lead to the killer’s identity.
Davis says the hard part is waiting – but he believes Terre Haute could solve the case.
All of the agencies involved in this investigation have sent items away for DNA testing. Investigators hope DNA matches up and there’s a connection.
Rumsey says the THPD has never given up. He says the families deserve closure.
“When you let a case go cold because of the evidence…or lack thereof…you get antsy. You want to move forward,” Rumsey said. “For me, it just means we are still behind the eight-ball. We need to get there.”
He told us tips from the public continue to move this case forward. An information portal was created for all of the agencies involved.
Davis told News 10 that around eight to ten tips are received each week.
You can share information by calling 1-800-800-3510 or by clicking here.
Clarence Dixon was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the 1978 rape and murder of 21-year-old Deana Bowdoin, an Arizona State University student. File Photo courtesy of the Arizona attorney general’s office
April 8 (UPI) — Attorneys for an Arizona death row prisoner filed a motion Friday saying their client isn’t mentally competent enough to be executed next month.
Clarence Dixon, 66, was sentenced to death in 2008 for the 1978 rape and murder of 21-year-old Deana Bowdoin, an Arizona State University student. His lethal injection is set to take place May 11.
Dixon was connected to the slaying about two decades later with the enhancement of DNA testing. He had already been serving a life sentence on a 1986 sexual assault conviction.
His lawyers said his execution would violate the 8th Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, because he has a “well-documented history” of paranoid schizophrenia.
They said two court-appointed psychiatrists found Dixon to be incompetent as part of an unrelated assault case. Then-Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sandra Day O’Connor found Dixon not guilty by reason of insanity in that case.
They said delusions caused by the mental illness keep him from having a rational understanding of his punishment.
The motion filed Friday challenges Arizona’s competency statute, which Dixon’s attorneys say is in conflict with the federal constitutional standard.
Arizona officials announced plans to set Dixon’s execution date in April 2021. At the time, his lawyer, Dale Baich, said his client experienced “chronic neglect” as a child and has had mental illness for decades. He said the murder case rested “almost entirely” on DNA evidence and that other evidence was inconclusive or excluded Dixon.
Arizona last carried out an execution on July, 23, 2014, that of Joseph Wood. It took 15 doses of a new combination of drugs — midazolam and hydromorphone — and 2 hours for Wood to die.
He was the second inmate to be given the two-drug cocktail after Arizona lost its European supplier of pentobarbital. The European Union voted in 2011 to prohibit the sale of the drug to the United States because of its use in executions.
After Wood’s death, the state decided to no longer use the midazolam and hydromorphone combination of drugs, effectively implementing a moratorium on executions until an alternate drug cocktail could be legally secured.
Around 1750, what’s now known as Pine Street was part of the tiny village of Kingston not yet consumed by development. It was also the final resting place for the people enslaved by Dutch settlers.
Almost 250 years later, on a summer day in 1990, it was the last spot on an archeological survey conducted for the city by historian Ed Ford and archeologist Joe Diamond.
What You Need To Know
Africans, enslaved by Dutch settlers, were buried on what is now Pine Street in Kingston throughout the 18th century
As the city expanded, the land was bought and developed over, and the cemetery went overlooked
In 1990, an archeological survey of the city found the cemetery and set into motion a 32-year mission to preserve it
Now owned by the Harambee cultural organization, the plan is to honor the enslaved and to turn it into an educational community center
Ford and Diamond were looking for the Pine Street cemetery. As they were walking, the owner of the street’s red barn asked them what they were doing.
“I told him we were looking for a cemetery,” Diamond said. “And he said ‘hold on a second,’ and came out with a box of human remains. So that’s how we knew we had the right locations.”
This was the start of a 32-year mission for Diamond, trying to make it a true resting place for the enslaved people buried there.
“You’re trying to, kind of, give people their ancestors back,” he said.
Usually, enslaved people were buried with stones or some kind of marker to designate a grave. But they haven’t found any of that at the Pine Street site, yet. To the passer-by, it looks like just another backyard.
“This one got overrun and it became private property,” Diamond explains. “And then people just owned everybody who was buried here.”
After a ground penetrating radar study of the land in 2019, Diamond says this could be the largest enslaved person burial ground in New York.
“It could be even larger than the African burial ground in New York City,” he said.
All of this work is only possible because of a massive fundraising campaign in 2019. When more than $200,000 was raised, it allowed the Harambee coalition to buy the private land, with assistance from Kingston Land Trust and Scenic Hudson.
“When I first came here, it was pain, it was hard,” said Tyrone Wilson, the executive director of Harambee, who wants to make the site an educational and cultural center for Kingston. It’s something he says he feels a duty to do.
“Our ancestors’ voices are being heard,” Wilson said. “I believe that we are their representation. I believe that we are doing everything that they wanted us to do.”
Wilson adds that once the weather is warmer, archeologists will exhume remains and begin DNA testing to find out who is buried there and to also find out where they were taken from.
“There was docking down on the Brooklyn docks; there was docking right here on the strand,” he said.
Work has already began on the inside of the building, where Wilson is sorting through boxes of historical documents to create a museum. And as he does, he says that the whole experience has made him look at his own ancestry, to try and find out more about his relatives with a DNA test. He says he does know that his great-grandmother was enslaved in South Carolina.
“When you can’t tap into your family line, I don’t know how you know who you are,” Wilson said. “I can only go as far as my grandmother’s mother, and that’s a picture and just some words that I heard.”
When Diamond published a research article about the cemetery in 2012, he titled it “Owned in Life, Owned in Death.” Wilson likes to say that the enslaved buried there are now free in death.
“They’re free. They’re in our care, the proper care,” he said. “That’s an honor to be a part of that feeling and to have the mentality that we have freed our ancestors in death.”
On February 6, 1952, Princess Elizabeth became sovereign of Great Britain upon the death of her father, King George VI. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo
Today is Sunday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2022 with 328 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include England’s Queen Anne in 1665; statesman Aaron Burr in 1756; baseball great George Herman “Babe” Ruth in 1895; former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1911; Eva Braun, mistress of Adolf Hitler, in 1912; actor Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1917; actor Patrick Macnee in 1922; actor Rip Torn in 1931; actor Mamie Van Doren in 1931 (age 91); French film director Francois Truffaut in 1932; actor Mike Farrell in 1939 (age 83); TV newsman Tom Brokaw in 1940 (age 82); handgun control activist Sarah Brady in 1942; singer Fabian Forte in 1943 (age 79); actor Michael Tucker in 1945 (age 77); Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter Bob Marley in 1945; singer Natalie Cole in 1950; actor Kevin Whately in 1951 (age 71); actor/director Robert Townsend in 1957 (age 65); actor Kathy Najimy in 1957 (age 65); singer W. Axl Rose in 1962 (age 60); singer Gordon Downie in 1964; singer Rick Astley in 1966 (age 56); actor Brian Stepanek in 1971 (age 51); actor Alice Eve in 1982 (age 40); actor Crystal Reed in 1985 (age 37); actor Dane DeHaan in 1986 (age 36); actor Dominic Sherwood in 1990 (age 32); singer Tinashe Kachingwe in 1993 (age 29); actor Charlie Heaton in 1994 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1819, Singapore was founded with the establishment of a British East India Co. trading post.
In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was appointed commander in chief of the armies of the Confederacy.
In 1928, a young woman claiming to be Anastasia, daughter of the slain Russian Czar Nicholas, arrived in the United States. In the 1990s, DNA testing conducted on the woman’s remains concluded she wasn’t a member of the Romanov family, which was executed in 1918. The woman’s story inspired a French play and a later American movie.
In 1943, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa.
In 2004, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a suitcase on a Moscow subway car, killing 39 people and injuring about 200.
In 2006, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told Congress that President George W. Bush was within his legal rights when he authorized warrantless surveillance of people in the United States by the National Security Agency.
In 2014, Jay Leno ended his 22-year stint as host of The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties, moving the talk show from Burbank, Calif., to New York City.
In 2016, a magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocked Taiwan, leaving at least 117 dead and 550 people injured when several buildings collapsed.
In 2018, SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for the first time, sending Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster — complete with a dummy in a spacesuit listening to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — into space.
In 2021, inmates at a downtown St. Louis jail smashed through fourth-floor windows and set fires in the third riot since December amid concerns about conditions.
A thought for the day: U.S. President Ronald Reagan said, “You can accomplish much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”