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    FL - Jean Marie Schoen, 9, Jacksonville, 21 Jul 1974

    (Article dated Monday, November 23, 1998)

    Jean Marie Schoen was the first little girl to vanish that tragic summer of 1974.

    In all, there were five girls, ages 6 to 12, who disappeared within a three-month span in Jacksonville. Only two bodies were ever found.*


    The five abductions - coming so close and apparently unrelated - were unprecedented, said a veteran Jacksonville police officer.


    Nine-year-old Jean Marie, known as Jeanie, disappeared July 21 after going to a store near her grandmother's house on West 19th Street in Springfield.


    For [Pam] Schoen [Jeanie's mother], the worst part is not knowing her daughter's fate.


    ''I don't have life or death,'' she said, her voice breaking and her brown eyes staring into space.


    Jeanie was an A student at Love Grove Elementary and an eager participant in her Brownie troop's activities, Schoen said.


    ''She was feisty and hyperactive like me,'' she said. ''She had to be forced. She wouldn't have gone with anyone willingly.''


    In the days after Jeanie's disappearance, Schoen and her family distributed 1,000 fliers of the smiling girl with the missing front tooth and had three phone lines installed so one would always be open. Schoen's former husband kept track from his home in Minnesota.


    Schoen said she kept her pain inside, causing her to hyperventilate. ''But I had counseling for three months, which saved my life.''


    Schoen thinks Jeanie was snatched by someone who wanted a child and clings to the hope she is still alive. Schoen's brother, Ken Maxim, even takes Jeanie's picture with him whenever he travels and displays it in his motel room.


    Even today, Schoen breaks down when she sees a blond-haired girl at a mall. ''That's when I say to myself, 'Jeanie, I love you, but I can't talk or think about you right now.' ''


    Still, Schoen, who has a 35-year-old son, said she has been able to lead a relatively normal life. She found solace in her jobs as a social worker and apartment complex manager. Ten years ago, she began having heart problems and is now on disability.


    Schoen is convinced Jeanie would have been found if the technological advances of today and shows such as America's Most Wanted had been available 24 years ago.



    http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin..._2a1disap.html



    *The Anderson sisters mentioned in the article are believed to have been killed by serial killer Paul John Knowles; however, their bodies were never found.

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    Paul John Knowles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina_M View Post
    (Article dated Monday, November 23, 1998)

    Jean Marie Schoen was the first little girl to vanish that tragic summer of 1974.

    In all, there were five girls, ages 6 to 12, who disappeared within a three-month span in Jacksonville. Only two bodies were ever found.*...

    ... Schoen is convinced Jeanie would have been found if the technological advances of today and shows such as America's Most Wanted had been available 24 years ago.

    *The Anderson sisters mentioned in the article are believed to have been killed by serial killer Paul John Knowles; however, their bodies were never found.

    This is a very interesting case, and one which I have not heard of before. It is not on other websites that I quickly scanned. Neither Doenetwork nor National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) list her case. Certainly, that should be done by the family as a start.

    I would be very interested to hear more specifics about Jeanie and about who the other four children were and details about their cases. It is quite possible that the cases are connected - if not to each other, then possibly to other child abductions that took place in the mid 1970's.

    Regarding Serial Killer Paul John Knowles; He was indeed active during this time, but he was not considered by LE to be a pediphile. Most of his victims were women, but he did not discriminate as to age, physical characteristics, or such. He killed men as well, including a Florida State Trooper.

    Most of his known killings were done during a very short "spree" in which he traveled up and down Florida from Jacksonville to Tampa. He also ventured into Alabama and Georgia. He was certainly a viscious individual with no conscience, but I would have to see some specifics about these child disappearances/murders to compare them with Knowles' known victims - all of whom were found murdered.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_John_Knowles

    I found this link searching for info on some of the other girls that went missing (could not find anything on Jean Marie)

    Interestingly it says that 2 of the girls where strangled and dumped in a swamp by Paul John Knowles, yet the article above implys that they are still missing.

    I never know what to believe with wikipedia, because anyone can put info on there and it does not appear to be substantiated as in this case.
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    btw, this also shows that there are other missing girls out there not accounted for on NCMEC or Doenetwork which could be a match for Sharon Marshall (first case that came to mind when I saw this, Jacksonville is not that far from Where FDF lived in GA) or other cases. It would be nice if these counties would add old cases to Doenetwork.
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    More about Paul John Knowles, from the same article:
    http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin..._2a1disap.html

    Prosecutors concluded the girls were abducted by self-proclaimed mass murderer Paul John Knowles and closed the case. Knowles, a 28-year-old Jacksonville resident, was killed in December 1974 trying to escape from Georgia authorities.


    In tape recordings found after his death, Knowles said he abducted two girls matching the description of the Anderson sisters and buried them in an isolated area at the western end of Commonwealth Avenue. Their bodies were never found despite a massive search.


    Lester Parmenter, the former homicide detective who investigated the disappearances, said he and his partner, Sgt. Richard Pruett, never considered the Anderson case cleared. Even so, ''We felt strongly that he probably did it. We couldn't prove it because we didn't have the bodies,'' Parmenter said.




    Crime Library tells it a little differently...

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_k...knowles/9.html

    (Is the guy's name Paul John Knowles or John Paul Knowles?)

    "According to Newton, Knowles fled the scene in her Dodge Dart, using it for less than a week before he decided to dump it after realizing that the police had connected him to the crime and had posted his picture in the media as a wanted fugitive. On the street where he was going to abandon it, he noticed two sisters who knew his family, so he kept the car and kidnapped them. Lillian Anderson was eleven and her sister Mylette was only seven. Because they could identify him, he strangled them both and buried their bodies in a swamp. They were not found until five months later, in January, after Knowles had revealed the crime."

    Crime Library says that the bodies of the Anderson sisters were found. However, I tend to think the article from Jacksonville.com is more accurate because it interviews Mrs. Anderson and she talks about how they kept living in the same house all those years just in case the girls came home.
    "Her husband, Jack Anderson, was never able to accept the girls' disappearance, she said. The family never moved and kept the same phone number because 'Daddy thought the babies were coming home.' "


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    The five abductions

    In all, there were five girls, ages 6 to 12, who disappeared within a three-month span in Jacksonville. Only two bodies were ever found.


    The five abductions - coming so close and apparently unrelated - were unprecedented, said a veteran Jacksonville police officer.


    Nine-year-old Jean Marie, known as Jeanie, disappeared July 21 after going to a store near her grandmother's house on West 19th Street in Springfield.


    Lillian Annette Anderson, 11, and her sister, Mylette, 6, disappeared from their Oceanway home Aug. 1 while their mother was attending a sick relative.


    Virginia Helm, 12, disappeared Sept. 27 while going to a convenience store a block from her home on Dean Road on the Southside. A month later, her body was found in a shallow grave south of Beach Boulevard. She had been shot through the head.


    And Rebecca Ann Greene, 12, disappeared Oct. 12 after buying soft drinks at a store in her Fairfield neighborhood. Her skeleton was found three years later on Heckscher Drive.



    http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-onlin..._2a1disap.html

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    Virginia Helm

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    Missing girl found in grave

    Jacksonville, Fla. (UPI) - The body of a 12-year-old girl found half naked in a makeshift grave touched off a massive search Monday by nearly 200 searchers for gravesites of four other young girls reported missing here the past three months.

    Virginia Suzanne Helm who had been missing since Sept. 27 was found buried in a three-feet-deep grave in a heavily wooded section by a couple looking for pine cones for Christmas decorations.

    Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Yoder found the body clad only in a blouse and with a small caliber bullet in the head, police said.

    An initial medical examination indicated she was not sexually molested.

    Virginia, the fifth young girl to disappear in the Jacksonville area within the past three months, failed to return home Sept. 27 after leaving for a 10-minute walk to a convenience store.

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    Rebecca Ann Green

    from the newspaper archives...same article:

    On Oct. 15, Rebecca Ann Green, 12, failed to return home after making a purchase for her mother at a store six blocks from her home.

    Police said they arrested a man who had been seen in the store when Rebecca made the purchase following her disappearance, but he was not charged in the case.

    Charles Wesley Jones, 58, was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault on two other minors and is being held on $25,000 bond.

    There was no evidence linking the five disappearances to one another, police said.

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    Anderson sisters

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    Sisters missing from home need medication, says father

    Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) - Two young sisters with medical problems are missing and police say they fear the girls were taken from their Jacksonville home after being left briefly alone.

    Lillian Annette Anderson, 11, and Mylette Josephine Anderson, 6, were last seen by their mother, Elizabeth Anderson, Thursday afternoon, police said.

    Lillian is supposed to take thyroid tablets every day and Mylette, who has a slight case of asthma and a weak heart, needs medication whenever she becomes overexcited or overtired, Jack L. Anderson, their father, said Friday.

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    Police said the girls were left alone shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when Mrs. Anderson and another daughter, 13, left to visit Mrs. Anderson's sister, who had become ill. Police said Mrs. Anderson called home about 7 p.m. to check on the girls and that everything seemed fine at that time.

    The girls were gone when [Mr.] Anderson arrived [home from work at 7:20].

    Anderson told officers that he found the family's small dog, which usually roamed free in the house, shut in a bedroom. The doors of the house were shut but not locked, Anderson said.

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    Search after Virginia Helm's body found

    Posse searches woods, no more bodies found

    Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) - "Now we can keep hoping they're alive," says one of four mothers who waited hours while a posse searched a wooded area where a little girl's body was found.

    Pam Shoen, whose daughter Jean Marie, 9, disappeared in late July, said she was relieved when police called off the search Monday without turning up new clues of killings.

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    Police said none of the girls had been a runaway and there was nothing to link the disappearances in different parts of the city.

    A 7-year-old girl was picked up by a man in a truck and left in a wooded area north of Jacksonville a week ago. She found her way out by following a power transmission line, police said.

    Investigators reported she had been beaten and fondled. They have arrested Earl Taylor Higginbothom, 25, on charges of sexual battery.


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    My name is Earl...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina_M View Post
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    A 7-year-old girl was picked up by a man in a truck and left in a wooded area north of Jacksonville a week ago. She found her way out by following a power transmission line, police said.

    Investigators reported she had been beaten and fondled. They have arrested Earl Taylor Higginbothom, 25, on charges of sexual battery.
    Where is he now? Check it out. This is a link to the Florida Inmate Locator system.

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    DC Number: 065950
    Name: HIGGINBOTHAM, EARL T
    Race: WHITE
    Sex: MALE
    Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
    Eye Color: GREEN
    Height: 5'08''
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Birth Date: 04/14/1949
    Initial Receipt Date: 07/28/1978
    Current Facility: WAKULLA C.I.
    Current Custody: CLOSE
    Current Release Date: 11/02/2024
    (Release Date subject to change pending gain time award, gain time forfeiture, or review. A 'TO BE SET' Release Date is to be established pending review.)

    Aliases:
    EARL T HIGGINBOTH EARL HIGGINBOTHAM
    EARL T HIGGINBOTHAM EARL TAYLOR HIGGINBOTHAM

    Current Prison Sentence History:
    Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
    10/21/1974 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM UNDER 12 07/28/1978 DUVAL 7404942 99Y 0M 0D

    Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.Current Community Supervision History:

    Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Community Supervision Length
    10/21/1974 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM UNDER 12 07/28/1978 DUVAL 7404942 24Y 11M 25D

    Incarceration History:
    Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
    08/10/1978 12/04/1984
    09/14/2006 Currently Incarcerated

    LINK:
    http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInma...onID=820913877

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    More on Knowles...

    It is debatable as to whether or not Paul John Knowles was involved with the abductions and murders of these little girls. If so, he would have been a very busy killer indeed, considering his known murders around that time frame. Also, the fact that three of the girls were never found, and one carefully buried, does not fit into his MO when compared with his other known kills.

    Paul John Knowles has been discussed in another Websleuths Cold Case thread titled: something on unsolved
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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22997

    That thread mentions the late British Author, Sandy Fawkes.

    She happened to be in the states when Knowles was out of prison. She traveled around with him during the time that he was murdering people, although she claims to have not known about the murders at the time. She later wrote three books about her time with Knowles:

    In Love with a Serial Killer (2008)
    Natural Born Killer: In Love and on the Road with a Serial Killer (2004)
    Killing Time. Journey Into Nightmare (1977)

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    Hi
    Do they have a picture of these missing girls.did they ever get them on the Doe network,Charlie Project and other places.Where there any missing or murdered girls found in the Orlando Florida area around this time period?

    suzanne

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3021dffl.html

    http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2...d_for_our_kids

    Posted: October 25, 2009 - 12:00am

    A mention of Jean Marie in the article lined above.

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