This writing is part of a continuing series on cold cases linked to domestic violence. Cases taken from Unsolved Mysteries.
The case of Doreen Marfeo is on season 6, episode 9 of Unsolved Mysteries.
For legal purposes, the husband in this case was not charged with crimes against his spouse. I have no physical evidence, only circumstantial evidence, the narrative given to us by those involved, and extensive knowledge on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. I have tried to make it clear when giving my opinion versus stating objective facts of the case.
A 25-year-old garbage collector named Anthony Bernard Wilson was upset when the mother of his child, 22-year-old Shirley Bertrand, broke up with him and began dating 21-year-old Antron Pope. Even though Shirley ended the relationship with Anthony because he had repeatedly cheated on her, he was extremely jealous of her new boyfriend and began stalking them.
On the morning of November 5, 2000, a 36-year-old mother of six named Geanna Maria Jones left her Jacksonville, Florida home for work. Her husband, Wilfred L. Jones (alternatively spelled “Wilford”) reported her missing the next day after she didn’t come home. It was later determined that Geanna never made it to work on the 5th.
18-year-old Linda Anne Miller (middle name alternatively spelled “Ann”) and 19-year-old Cary Kristal left by Greyhound bus for Guadalajara, Mexico from San Rafael, California on August 18, 1972. The last known contact was a letter from Linda to her stepfather, Herman Frederic “Ken” Buettner, in early September of that year.
Linda and Cary had planned to return by September 9th in order to register for classes together at the College of Marin, but they never returned. The two both attended San Rafael High School as sophomores in 1970, however only Linda is listed as a graduating senior in June 1972.
As I research and write about these cold cases, I have started to come in contact with the loved ones of individuals featured. Getting these stories right is extremely important and I want to be sure to include all pertinent details, but I know that I will fall short of that goal sometimes. I write on these cases solely based on publicly available information and do not conduct interviews, so there will be gaps in my knowledge and how I present them.
If your loved one is featured in a They Matter publication, and you would like to add or…
On the morning of April 25, 1972, a 20-year-old Japanese-Hawaiian student named Jeannette Kamahele attempted to hitch a ride on Hwy 101 from Cotati, California to Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in Sonoma County. She didn’t make it to the campus and was never seen again.
A witness said she got into a 1950–52 pick-up truck fitted with a faded brown homemade wooden camper covered with roofing shakes. The driver was a white male, 20–23 years, with Afro style hair (Source: The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California) 03 Aug 1972, Thu).
The witness was reportedly a “young man who knew…
A 47-year-old former Bradenton, Florida teacher named Esterlene Poole (mistakenly identified as “Ethel” and alternatively spelled “Ernestine”), was stabbed with an ice pick close to 50 times and killed. Her body was discovered by neighbors on June 13, 1980.
A former student of hers, Harry Dean, was the last person seen with Esterlene earlier that morning, and four days later a warrant was put out for his arrest. In August 1980, Harry was finally apprehended in Georgia and arrangements were reportedly made by police for his return to Bradenton. While in Georgia, Harry was also arrested for robbing and stabbing…
At about 4:40 am on July 20, 1979, 23-year-old Barbara Bonner (alternatively spelled “Banner”) was stabbed twice by her husband, Ivory Bonner, after they argued at their Pompano Beach apartment. She did not survive the attack.
A Pompano Beach woman bled to death in her husband’s arms Friday when a butcher knife slashed through an artery as they grappled for control of the blade, police said (Source: The Miami Herald (Miami, Florida) 21 Jul 1979, Sat).
When police arrived at the scene, Ivory claimed that Barbara had rushed ahead of him into the apartment, grabbed a 12-inch butcher knife, and…
20-year-old Mary Margaret Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation, disappeared from the Bright Angel Lodge-area in the Grand Canyon National Park on August 1, 1957. She was last seen getting into a vehicle with two “unidentified Hopi Indian men.”
Fred Harvey, an innovative restaurateur and marketer, is credited with creating the first restaurant chain in the United States. Mr. Harvey’s company, “The Fred Harvey Company,” expanded after his death and purchased the Bright Angel Lodge in 1954, a few years before Mary disappeared. …