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    Lightbulb CA - Brenda Jo Howell, 12, & Don Baker, 15, San Gabriel Canyon, 6 Aug 1956

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2123dfca.html

    Brenda Jo Howell
    Missing since August 6, 1956 from the San Gabriel Canyon, Los Angeles County, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing





    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 11 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female.



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Brenda was last seen on August 6, 1956 bicycling together with Don Baker down a road to San Gabriel Canyon. An extensive, months long search, including divers in the reservoir, failed to turn up anything except their bicycles and Brenda’s jacket. Not one trace has ever been found of Don Baker or Brenda Howell.
    Brenda lived in Fort Bragg and was on vacation in the area.
    Mack Ray Edwards confessed to killing the children, but never was charged because the bodies were never found.




    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2256dmca.html

    Don Lee Baker
    Missing since August 6, 1956 from the San Gabriel Canyon, Los Angeles County, California
    Classification: Endangered Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: January 1, 1941
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1"; 100 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    • AKA: Donnie
    • Clothing: White t-shirt, blue jeans burgundy jacket with stripes on sleeve.
    • Dentals: Not available



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Don was last seen on August 6, 1956 in the San Gabriel Canyon area near Glendora Mountain Road, riding his bicycle near the reservoir. He was bicycling with Brenda Howell. An extensive, months long search, including divers in the reservoir, failed to turn up anything except their bicycles and Brenda’s jacket. Not one trace has ever been found of Don Baker or Brenda Howell.
    Mack Ray Edwards confessed to killing the children, but never was charged because the bodies were never found.
    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 04-30-2010 at 12:58 AM. Reason: updated doe network links

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    Who was Mack Ray Edwards?

    Mack Ray Edwards (1919-1971)

    Authorites did not relize that they had a serial murderer in their midst when Mack Ray Edwards walked to the front desk of a Los Angeles police station on March 5, 1970, handed the suprised duty officer a loaded handgun, and confessed to the triple-kidnapping of three young girls that had occurred on the previous day. Two had already escaped and the other was recovered safely when Edwards directed officers to the Angeles National Forest where she awaited.

    Edwards was not finished confessing. He immediately detailed his six previous mureders of children. Edwards told authorities he killed Stell Nolan, 8, in 1953, and had committed the double-murder of Don Baker, 13, and Brenda Howell, 11, in 1956.

    Edwards insisted that he had not killed again until his slaying of 16-year-old Gary Rochet in November of 1968. The child-killers last two victims were Roger Madison, 16, just three weeks after Rochet, and Donald Todd, 13, on May 16, 1969.

    Edwards led detectives to Nolan's remains, but was unsuccessful in locating where he had disposed of the bodies of his other five victims.

    Though detectives scoffed at Edward's supposed twelve year hiatus from killing, the murderer insisted there were no more victims and demanded immediate execution after being sentenced to death for three of the murders.

    Unable to wait his turn, Edwards took his own life on his third attempt on October 30, 1971.

    Source:
    Serial Killers A-Z; Mack Ray Edwards

    LINK:
    http://www.geocities.com/verbal_plai...h/edwards.html

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    Other Possible Victims?? Just listing these 3 since they went missing in the time

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1267dmca.html Thomas Bowman, age 8, missing since 1957

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/2255dmca.html Bruce Kremen, age 6, missing since 1960

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1003dfca.html Karen Tompkins, age 11, missing since 1961 (yes, the one from the Sharon Marshall thread)

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    Updated Doenetwork Links...

    Brenda Jo Howell, 11, missing since 1956 :
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2123dfca.html

    Don Baker, 15, missing since 1956:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2256dmca.html

    Thomas Bowman, age 8, missing since 1957:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1267dmca.html

    Bruce Kremen, age 6, missing since 1960:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2255dmca.html

    Karen Tompkins, age 11, missing since 1961:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1003dfca.html

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    Bump

    Brenda and Don have been missing 54 years today.

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    I could say this for pretty much any kid that goes missing/is killed but....just looking at those pictures they just look so cute and innocent. Why??? It's so f-ing sad!

    Sigh...

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    Question Any possible connection....?

    Any possible connection between these two 1956 victiums and the following two unknowns?

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/225ufca.html

    Related thread at Donald Lee Baker (15) and Brenda Jo Howell (12) - San Gabriel Canyon CA, 1956 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    Last edited by KateB; 04-03-2015 at 08:26 AM. Reason: repair url tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PFF View Post
    Any possible connection between these two 1956 victiums and the following two unknowns?

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/225ufca.html

    Related thread at Donald Lee Baker (15) and Brenda Jo Howell (12) - San Gabriel Canyon CA, 1956 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
    IMO I would say 'yes', it's odd nobody reported missing the 2 children who played with dynamite unless they were already reported as missing IYSWIM.

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    Has anyone submitted this? If not, how does one do so?

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    Brenda on NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4626/7/



    Don't see one for Don.




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