OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Judith Ann Elwell, 5, was a lovely child with long, curly raven hair, dark brown eyes, and long black eyelashes.
The Elwell family resided in a small single-story home at 1114 N. Meta Ave.
At the age of eight, her father, James Elwell, witnessed his mother shoot his father to death. A few months later, she committed suicide.
Elwell was drafted into the Army while in the 11th grade. Two weeks after his honorable discharge, he had a nervous breakdown and was ruled 90 percent disabled. Afterward, he started drawing a monthly veteran’s disability check.
Friends Mark Mott, 13, and Ralph Burns, 11, were excited to attend opening day at the 62nd annual Griffith Agricultural Show in Griffith, New South Wales, on September 24, 1984.
The Griffith Show is an annual event dating back to 1922 that still runs today. According to the Griffith Show Society’s Facebook page, the event is a “‘window’ into the fabric of our local community showcasing pastoral, agricultural, horticultural & cultural pursuits” in the Griffith area.”
Both boys lived in Griffith with their families. Mark was born in 1971 to Stephen and Faye Mott, the second eldest of four children.
The night of Feb. 16, 1984, was literally dark and stormy. For hours, a wild storm raged through the small picturesque fishing village of Narooma, New South Wales, about 350 km south of Sydney.
Morna Aitken, 29, lived in Narooma with her boyfriend, Neil Munne, and her two children, Bradley Aitken, 8, and Renee Aitken, 5.
At 4 a.m. on Feb. 17, Bradley awoke because he was cold; his blanket was down past his knees. How strange, he thought.
Bradley and Renee shared a bedroom. If one of them awoke during the night, he or she would crawl into the…
SYDNEY — Lauren Hickson was a beautiful and energetic four-year-old girl who loved to play outside with friends. Her favorite toy was the bicycle she received as a Christmas gift from her parents, Derek and Jurina Hickson; she loved riding it around her neighborhood.
Lauren, her parents, and older sister, Tracey Hickson, 14, resided in a mobile home at the Nepean River Caravan Park in Emu Plains.
Around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 1989, her mother was watching the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” when Lauren told her she was going outside to play. …
OTTAWA, Ontario — Some people might say Lonnie Philip Boudreau never stood a chance. At 10 years old, he had already endured quite a bit for his age.
Lonnie was born in September 1970 to Elmer and Linda Boudreau. He has an older sister, Lorie. Lonnie was brilliant, with an IQ score of 116 at the age of six. Family and friends described him as high-spirited, smart and fast.
In 1975, his parents divorced, and he and Lorie went to live with their father in Carlton Place for two years; the children saw their mother on weekends. …
Tyrone Mitchell was born on October 17, 1955, in Alabama to Lee Charles and Annie Lee Mitchell. He had five siblings: Linda, Shirley, Beverly, Lawanda, and Tony.
The Mitchells raised their children in a South-Central Los Angeles home that was later demolished to build the 49th Street Elementary School.
Mitchell and his family were members of American religious leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple. In March 1978, Mitchell’s parents, three younger sisters, and brother traveled to Guyana to live in Jones’ compound, Jonestown. A few months later, on November 18, 1978, they were among more than 900 followers who died after…
Lucy Rebecca Meadows was born on Oct. 1, 1992, to Tom Meadows and Yong Mun Chong Meadows. She has an older brother, Daniel Meadows, and an older half-sister, Amy Brookmeyer.
Lucy’s mother was born and raised in South Korea. She relocated to the United States in the 70s after marrying Amy’s father, Larry Brookmeyer, an American soldier stationed at Camp Hovey.
Yong gave birth to Amy at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in August 1978. She and Brookmeyer divorced in 1981, and the judge split custody between the two until Amy was school-age. …
Morgan Jade Violi was born on Nov. 3, 1988, in Kentucky to Glen and Stacey Violi. She has two older half-sisters, Heather Prewitt Coleman and Nikki Prewitt Britt. Heather and Nikki’s biological father died, and Glen raised the girls as his own.
Morgan’s parents separated in 1993. She resided at the Colony Apartments complex off Shive Lane in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her mother and sisters. Her mother has described the young girl as “beautiful, friendly, smart” and “always smiling.”
July 24, 1996, was a typical warm summer’s day and perfect for playing outside, with temperatures in the 80s. Morgan…
The 1980s were full of weird clothes (parachute pants, need I say more?) and hairstyles, breakdancing, fantastic music, and movies I still love to watch today. It was a great decade to be a kid and a much better time than now, no doubt.
My friends and I jammed to Bon Jovi, Guns ‘N Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, and Skid Row songs. And though we would never admit it in a million years, my best friend and I secretly loved Debbie Gibson and New Kids on the Block.
Great movies such as “Back to the Future,” “E.T.,” Footloose” (the only…
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Rodolfo Martinez and Leticia Hernandez, 32, lived with their six children in a ground-floor apartment in the 1300 block of Bush Street in Barrio Posole, Oceanside, California. The apartment complex they lived in housed mainly Mexican immigrants who came to California seeking better lives for their families. It was considered a safe environment to raise their children.
In December 1989, the family prepared for a magical Christmas and looking forward to spending as much time together as possible.
Hernandez’s namesake had just celebrated her seventh birthday on Dec. …