I wonder if his comment about "break and shatter by violence" might refer to his concerns over being beaten up or abused in some way if his sexual preference became known.
He also would have faced the draft, and the prospect of being a gay man in the military could have concerned him as well.
This article had another snippet of the young man's writings:
"I am a bomb of frustration and should never marry or have children. It is safest to diffuse the bomb harmlessly now. I do not want to bother with being a 'reformed and cured' person limping through life. I am this self-centered."
I wonder if he was eventually cremated, as he wished, or if his remains were interred pending possible future identification? I saw one source that said he was buried, but I'm not sure if it's correct.
Interestingly, evangelical Christian pastor Chuck Swindoll wrote a piece relatively recently on suicide prevention that references this John Doe's notes:
This case is very interesting. My first thought in reading the information was that the person could possibly have been a pedophile - hence the should "never marry or have children". The thought that one of the parents could be involved was intriguing. It prompted me to consider that the young man could have been abusing someone and it was discovered.
Wish we could find out more info.
My impression of this young man's writings makes me wonder about schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Something about it leads me to believe he was intelligent but suffered from some sort of mental condition which led him to believe he should never marry (and subject another person to his problems) or have children (and risk passing on his condition to a child). Whatever the cause, he definitely was suffering horribly from anguish over it, horribly enough to feel like the world was better off without him. On the other hand, I think one of the reasons teens commit suicide is because they have difficulty imagining a future time when their current problem will no longer be a problem. For instance, being heartbroken or troubled severely over something that they believe will never get better. I remember how dramatic things felt as a teenager, like I was the only person in the world who ever had their heart broken quite so badly & like it would never get better, when really all it took was a few months & something new in life to take my mind off it.
Such a sad situation & somewhere in the world are parents who loved this child dearly & never knew what happened to him.
I don't see this unidentified case on doenetwork any more, was he IDed?
I agree with some of the above posters. On reading some of the details of the suicide note I immediately thought "homosexual". Back then homosexuality was not accepted as it is now. Maybe he was told he was "deviant", "abnormal" etc; etc; to the point where he believed he was. Maybe his parents sent him to a phychiatrist to try to "cure" him. This also explains in why he felt he could never live a normal life as he would feel he had to hide this part of himself and could never truly be himself. Also explains why he felt he could never marry or have children.
Surely someone somewhere misses this poor guy! This case has me intrigued and I wish there was more information out there.
I can not find this case on Doe or NaMUS... any idea if he is listed anywhere?
A run-away may leave on purpose, but that doesn't mean that they are able to get back home.... Never stop searching.
A very intriguing case...Does anyone have a link somewhere? The one I saw didn't work anymore (unless I missed a new one if there is one).
I found another small article at the link below relating to this case from April 3rd 1975 about a Charles Wallace was who missing and his mother viewing this John Doe to see if it was Charles. Obviously it wasn't but I hope he was found..
Found another small article from June 1975 which mentions more than 300 parents of missing sons contacting the Sheriff's office with several coming to examine the body, however with no identification, he was buried in an unmarked grave.....
I can't believe that I don't remember this incident. I would've been about the same age as the victim at the time. Even as a teenager, I read the newspaper everyday and kept up with the news. A local story like this would've made a big impression on me.
With a nationwide search, it's strange that his parents didn't identify him. Unless they did after he was buried. There's a large naval air station in Belle Chasse, so I wonder if he was part of a military family. Maybe they were stationed here at some point, but transferred, and the boy returned. Just a thought. Anyway, when I'm on vacation next week, I might go to the library and look up the original story on microfiche.
Muddy water in the street; Muddy water 'round my feet... as sung by the inimitable Bessie Smith, "Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)"
I just read this whole thread. This case is so sad. This boy must of been in so much pain. I believe he was probably gay and he thought suicide was his only way out. There seems to be so much of that going on these days. Such a waste.
This seems like a case that should be reopened due to the horrible rash of gay or troubled and bullied teen suicides these days. I'm sure it would get a lot of press and stir up new leads.
I have no idea what this young man looked like. Was a description ever given? Maybe I just missed it. It would make it so much easier to match him up to a missing person. Is it odd that none of the articles have a description? Or again maybe I just missed something.
I would love to know the description.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Has this young man be indentified? I am very interested in learning more about him.I do think he was gay and he felt the world would be better off without him.He would have made a wonderful teacher! The fact he had no shoes and they were never found,is strange!!
Does anyone know where I can read the whole note he left behind? TIA
This young man is not on NamUs!!
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Does anyone have a contact in Louisiana that can check on this? I can't find any information except old news articles. If he was never identified, it would be good to get his info in Namus. We don't have any good characteristics on him either, so getting that information would help as well. Who knows....maybe this one has been solved.
I can't find anything on this young man...I have looked for hrs-He is not on Doe or Namus-He might have been indentified.
There's something very odd here.
Did he have a bag with the bedsheet in ? or did he just walk about carrying a bed sheet ? somebody must have seen that surely. Also, the fact he didn't have shoes on, were they left in a taxi perhaps ? or did he hide them because they were handmade and traceable ?
Just a few rambling thoughts.
I can't find any information on this case. Has it been resolved or quietly resolved for family privacy? I do not see it on the doe network or NAMUS....
There are contact details there but I don't know if they would be able to confirm anything to non-family. I hope he was claimed. I often see this case pop up on page 1 and hope it's news that he was claimed.
I'm bumping this up because this is just one I can't forget.
I sent an e-mail to the Plaquemines LA police department today to see if they can provide info. When I tried to get info a couple of years ago, I was more or less told that no one cared about an old case like this one. Hopefully I'll reach someone more receptive!!