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    NY - Missing children on Staten Island, 1980s

    Tonight on ID Channel called Cropsey....
    The World Has Gone Mad.


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    I saw that last night and it was fascinating. In fact, it was on again this AM and I watched part of it again. What I found really interesting was the fact that people WERE living IN and around the abandoned school.

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    that sounds interesting. i'll have to watch for repeat of it since missed it.
    we need to encourage harder sentencing on those that are harming our children. our children are worth it!!

    stop the circus!! these children as all children deserve to be found and justice brought forth for what has happened to them!!


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    Andre Rand was suspected of being an alleged serial child abductor/killer in 1970's & 1980's on Staten Island. Some children have not been found, yet.

    I saw this on cable last night...I do remember this happening in the news back then and how horrified I felt since becoming a new mom...

    For all those still missing, I do hope one day, you will be found. You have a angels working on earth who has been vigilant since starting this group for Jennifer, the first child taken. Donna Cutugno along with a retired detective are still looking for you all as I type this. May God watch over until she does...JMHO






    Tribeca Film Festival's 'Cropsey' recounts horrifying Staten Island murders
    BY Robert Dominguez
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Wednesday, April 29th 2009, 11:19 AM




    When a group of friends and neighbors from Staten Island ventured into Manhattan last weekend to watch a hard-hitting crime documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, most had no idea just how gutwrenching the experience would be.

    It's been 22 years since a creepy drifter who lived in the woods behind the abandoned ruins of a mental institution was arrested for the kidnaping and murder of a 12-year-old girl with Down's syndrome — a horrific crime that soon took on a more ominous tone when the man, 43-year-old Andre Rand, became a suspect in the disappearances of several other Staten Island children over the years.

    The strange case of Andre Rand and the still-missing kids remains one of the biggest mysteries in the annals of New York criminal history, and is now the subject of "Cropsey," a gripping documentary that debuted at this year's Tribeca fest.

    But for the friends and neighbors of the victims who attended Saturday's screening, sitting through a rehashing of Rand's crimes — both real and imagined — was almost unbearably painful despite the passage of time.

    "It was very emotional, and very sad," says Donna Cutugno, a neighbor of Jennifer Schweiger, the disabled girl who was abducted and killed in the summer of 1987 and whose body is still the only one that was ever found.

    "You tend to put things in the back of your mind over the years, but seeing the film brought a lot of bad things back," adds Cutugno, who spearheaded the neighborhood search for Jennifer's body when the little girl went missing.

    "It's still very painful because there has been no closure for my family," says Rita DiMartino, the aunt of Alice Periera, a 5-year-old girl whose disappearance in 1972 has been linked to Rand, though never proven.

    "Alice's mother passed away without ever knowing what happened to her. But even though they focused more on (Jennifer), on the whole (the film makers) did a great job, because this is something that should be shown everywhere to build awareness that you can't trust people like (Rand)."



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    'Cropsey' documentary explores a missing children case
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    Sunday, August 08, 2010
    By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


    When a real-life crime story involves the disappearance of developmentally disabled children and a drooling, wild-eyed suspect, where, between fact and folklore, can the truth be found?

    That's the question at the heart of "Cropsey," a documentary film about missing children on Staten Island in the 1970s and 1980s. The movie has its television premiere Friday at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery, the first in the network's quarterly "ID Films" presentations of independent documentary features.


    'Cropsey'
    When: 9 p.m. Friday, Investigation Discovery


    Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio frame the story of the accused, Andre Rand, and five missing children in a familiar context: the boogeyman. Growing up both filmmakers had heard of "Cropsey," a generic term for an on-the-loose maniac that was popularized at camps near the Hudson River, according to Penn State Hazleton professor of folklore Bill Ellis.

    "Cropsey" blends traditional documentary interviews and sleuthing with images and scenes more reminiscent of "The Blair Witch Project." On a couple of occasions, the movie tries too hard to go down an occult path to devil worshippers in Monstertown, but then it pulls back. As Zeman notes in his narration, "The power of an urban legend is that it doesn't claim to be the truth, but rather it says the truth is a range of possibilities and it's the audience who must decide. So pick one."



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    Posted on 06/03/2010 10:19:31 PM

    S.I. FILMMAKERS FACE BOGEYMAN
    Posted on 10/03/2004 04:00:00 AM

    THEY CALL HIM their "bogeyman."Andre Rand - who is now on trial for the 1981 disappearance of 7-year-old Holly Ann Hughes - has haunted a generation of Staten Island children. In an attempt to face their childhood fears, two of them, Joshua Zeman, 32, and Barbara Brancaccio, 33, are making a documentary film

    PLEAD WITH RAND TO FESS ON HOLLY & 5
    Posted on 10/13/2004 04:00:00 AM

    THE FAMILY OF A child abducted by Andre Rand stood outside Staten Island Supreme Court yesterday and begged the convicted kidnapper to reveal where other long-missing women and children are buried. Rand, on trial in the kidnapping of Holly Ann Hughes, who was never seen again, was convicted in the abduction

    Tribeca Film Festival's 'Cropsey' recounts horrifying Staten Island murders
    Posted on 04/29/2009 11:19:06 AM

    When a group of friends from Staten Island went to Manhattan to watch a hard-hitting crime documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, most had no idea just how gutwrenching it would be.

    CON: RAND TOLD ME HE KILLED S.I. GIRL, 7
    Posted on 10/08/2004 04:00:00 AM

    IN A SERIES of chilling statements, convicted kidnapper Andre Rand compared himself to serial killer Ted Bundy and admitted abducting a 7-year-old Staten Island girl 23 years ago, an inmate testified yesterday. Rand, on trial for the July 15, 1981, disappearance of Holly Ann Hughes, made the statements on mo

    CLOSURE STILL MISSING TRIAL BEGINS IN '81 CHILD ABDUCTION CASE
    Posted on 09/19/2004 04:00:00 AM

    NOTORIOUS STATEN Island child predator Andre Rand's own chilling words may end up slamming the prison doors behind him - this time for good. "They're not going to find a body,"Rand allegedly boasted to an inmate about Holly Ann Hughes, 7, who disappeared in 1981. "But if they do, I'm finished."Rand goes to t

    JURY: PEDOPHILE TOOK HOLLY
    Posted on 10/20/2004 04:00:00 AM

    THERE IS FINALLY some justice for little Holly Ann Hughes. A Staten Island courtroom erupted with sobs of relief yesterday when a jury convicted Andre Rand, 60, of kidnapping 7-year-old Holly more than two decades ago. Her body hasn't been found. When Holly's mother, father and two brothers heard the word "G

    PAST HAUNTS PRESENT S.I. kidnap trial stirs fearsome memories
    Posted on 10/17/2004 04:00:00 AM

    IN THE STATEN ISLAND neighborhood where Holly Ann Hughes and four other children disappeared more than 20 years ago, residents are still haunted by the memories. "Today, because of Andre Rand, you've got to keep an eye on your kids,"said Jimmy Rassias, a father of three who works in Port Richmond, where Holl

    A PLEA FOR CLOSURE Ask Holly defendant to 'fess on missing 5
    Posted on 10/13/2004 04:00:00 AM

    THE FAMILY OF A child abducted by Andre Rand stood outside Staten Island Supreme Court yesterday and begged the convicted kidnapper to reveal where other long-missing women and children are buried. Rand, on trial in the kidnapping of Holly Ann Hughes, who was never seen again, was convicted in the abduction

    SENTENCE DAY FOR KIDNAPPER HOLLY ANN, 7, NEVER FOUND
    Posted on 11/24/2004 04:00:00 AM

    NOTORIOUS STATEN Island kidnapper Andre Rand is set to be sentenced today for the 23-year-old abduction and disappearance of little Holly Ann Hughes. Rand was convicted last month of snatching the blue-eyed 7-year-old child from outside her Port Richmond home July 15, 1981. "I just hope he gets the maximum,

    GETS THE MAX IN GIRL KIDNAP
    Posted on 12/09/2004 04:00:00 AM

    ANGUISHED relatives of Holly Ann Hughes lashed out yesterday at the man convicted of snatching the little girl off a Staten Island street 23 years ago. "Was she calling for 'Dad?' "Holly's brother, Sean, 32, asked stone-faced kidnapper Andre Rand. "Was she crying for 'Mom?' "Rand, 60, was hit with a 25-year-

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    Thanx for all the reply's on this documentary. Its the best I have ever seen.

    I taped the show but would like to buy the tape. They have a website cropseylegend.com but does not let you join for some reason


    I was on the fence about Rand being involved but when they showed him living in Hollys apartment building at the time of a disappearance well all I can say glad this guy is behind bars.
    The World Has Gone Mad.


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    If anyone has a Netflix account, they have it streaming online, now. I am in the middle of watching it...

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    I remember this so clearly. I delivered newspapers around this time and saw the faces of these little girls every day.
    It is the anniversary of Holly Hughes disappearance and there was an article on the SI website:
    http://www.silive.com/northshore/ind..._little_g.html

    "STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Thirty years ago, 7-year-old Holly Ann Hughes left her Port Richmond home wearing a bathing suit, blue shorts and sandals, going to buy a bar of soap at the corner store. The cashier recalled that she was a nickel short and left the store empty-handed. Holly Ann never returned home."
    It's just MOO. I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time and it surely won't be the last!

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



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    Rough Rand Time Line

    Here is a rough Andre Rand Timeline

    (*Please note the red highlights are the crimes he has not been convicted of but fit is MO, Victim type, Hunting ground or He has tentatively been linked to the victim)

    March 1944 - Born Frank Rushan in Manhattan, grew up in Ithaca, N.Y
    Early 1960s - Served in the Army
    1966 and ’68 - New York’s Willowbrook State School
    May 5 1969 - South Bronx, NY - 9-year-old Bronx girl into his car and drove her to a vacant lot. He removed his clothes and hers, but a passing police car interrupted the crime. Charged with attempted rape, Rand pleaded guilty to sexual abuse
    Jan 1972 – sentenced to four years. He served 16 months – after release changes name to Andre Rand
    July 10, 1972 - South Beach, Staten Island - Alice Pereira
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/pereia_alice.html
    Aug 11 1973 - Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY - Rosemary E. Hamilton Buck
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._rosemary.html
    June 24 1974 – Lumberton, Burlington, NJ – Margaret Fox
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/fox_margaret.html
    April 7 1975 – New Lisbon, Burlington, NJ – Steven Anderson & David Williams
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...on_steven.html
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ams_david.html
    Oct 6 1976 – NYC, NY –Cesilia Pena
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/pena_cesilia.html
    July 5 1977 – Brooklyn, NY – Audrey Lyn Nerenberg
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...rg_audrey.html
    1978 – Ethel Atwell – (Suspect in the rape and murder of Shin Lee, both woman Willowbrook aides)
    March 9 1979 - Westampton Township, NJ - Lorraine Rea Herbster
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._lorraine.html

    1979 - Accused of raping a young woman & a 15-yr girl, neither pressed charges.
    July 1981 –NYC, NY– Holly Ann Hughes
    1981 - offered a 9-year-old girl a lollipop and tried to entice her to ride in his Volkswagen. When she refused his offer, Rand followed her to her home and searched for her while she hid under a rug. No charges were filed.
    January 9 1983 - West Brighton, Staten Island – 11 Children in van to Newark, NJ- charged with unlawful imprisonment and served 10 months in jail. (No mention of when 10 months were served)
    Aug. 14 1983 - Staten Island - Tiahease Jackson
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/..._tiahease.html
    June 9 1984 – Staten Island – Henry Gafforio
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...rio_henry.html
    July 1 1984 – Amherst NY, Nancy Jo Scamurra
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...rra_nancy.html
    July 9, 1987 – Westerleigh, Staten Island - Jennifer Schweizer

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    In need of more information...

    Hello all,

    Does anyone know where I can find more information about Eli E. Vanderpool Jr. 17yrs old, missing from Smithboro, New York on November 26, 1985.

    other then, the update on Doe network;

    "In 2005, someone found some leg bones inside a tube sock in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. The bones were identified as Vanderpool's in February 2007. Authorities do not know what caused his death or where the rest of his body is. "

    http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved/resolved28.html

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    Eli Vanderpool

    http://ccadp.proboards.com/index.cgi...ay&thread=6745

    ELI VANDERPOOL MISSING, SMITHBORO, NY
    Name: Eli Vanderpool


    BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    06/02/2005
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Could any of these missing be among the remains that have been found on Staton Island?
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    This played this am. It will probably be replayed today?

    "She's Going Places," A Tribute Song For Caylee Anthony
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLudQC0MBJU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHZ79InLGRY
    White Lion - When The Children Cry

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    Sheryl Ann Tillinghast
    Missing since September 12, 1973 from Wassaic State School, Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: April 16, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 140 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, long, straight hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Not available
    DNA: Available
    Other: Fingerprints available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Sheryl Tillinghast was employed at the Wassaic School, Wassaic, New York until the time of her disappearance. She left behind her possessions and two paychecks.
    Sheryl is originally from Ontario County, New York. She remained in regular contact with her family until the time of her disappearance. Investigation has failed to reveal any information about her whereabouts. No known vehicle. Sheryl was not reported missing until November 2, 1998.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    New York State Police
    Troop E, BCI
    585-398-4100
    Email

    Agency Case Number: E023-98-028

    NCIC Number:
    M-590284882
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    New York State Police

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    Wassaic School;

    This seems to me alot like Andre Rand MO

    Other names;

    Wassaic State School for Mental Defectives
    sprawling institution
    Wassaic Developmental Center

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    So mad I missed the cropsy doc! Anyone k now how I can see it?

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    Sheryl Ann Tillinghast
    Missing since September 12, 1973 from Wassaic State School, Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: April 16, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3"; 140 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, long, straight hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Not available
    DNA: Available
    Other: Fingerprints available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Sheryl Tillinghast was employed at the Wassaic School, Wassaic, New York until the time of her disappearance. She left behind her possessions and two paychecks.
    Sheryl is originally from Ontario County, New York. She remained in regular contact with her family until the time of her disappearance. Investigation has failed to reveal any information about her whereabouts. No known vehicle. Sheryl was not reported missing until November 2, 1998.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    New York State Police
    Troop E, BCI
    585-398-4100
    Email

    Agency Case Number: E023-98-028

    NCIC Number:
    M-590284882
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    New York State Police

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    Wassaic School;

    This seems to me alot like Andre Rand MO

    Other names;

    Wassaic State School for Mental Defectives
    sprawling institution
    Wassaic Developmental Center
    Wow! I wonder why they waited until 1998 to report her missing.

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    Maybe the original police report was lost?

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