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MA MA - Angelo 'Andy' Puglisi, 10, Lawrence, 21 Aug 1976

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  1. smile22

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    Missing since August 21, 1976 from Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction



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    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: September 2, 1965
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 10 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 65 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair; brown eyes. Puglisi has three scars along his spine; he also has a skin discoloration on his chest. His nickname is "Andy."
    Medical Conditions: Puglisi is mildly epileptic.


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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Puglisi was last seen swimming in a public swimming pool, approximately 100 yards from his family's Lawrence, Massachusetts home on August 21, 1976. He has never been heard from again.
    Puglisi's case is full of twists and turns. The late Charles Pierce, a resident of Haverhill, Massachusetts, has been considered one of the prime suspects in Puglisi's disappearance. Pierce confessed to two abductions in the New England area during the 1970's; one was the disappearance of Janice Pockett, who was apparently abducted from Tolland, Connecticut in 1973. The other abduction was that of an unidentified boy from Lawrence, Massachusetts -- whom many believe to be Puglisi. Pierce was suspected in more than 12 child-related disappearances in New England from the 1950's - 1970's; however, he was eventually imprisoned for the murder of one teenage girl from Massachusetts. He was serving his 20-year sentence for the crime when he died in 1999 of complications from tuberculosis, among other maladies.

    Pierce was familiar with Lawrence, Massachusetts at the time of Puglisi's 1976 disappearance. He had held a job in a neighboring town and was also familiar with the Puglisi family's favorite restaurants and other landmarks. Pierce claimed that he buried the unidentified boy in a grave near Pockett's supposed grave; these graves have never been discovered. Pierce told police that he abducted the boy believed to be Puglisi under the guise of taking him fishing. Pierce then stated that he sexually assaulted and killed the child before burying him near Pockett's resting place.
    Pierce may have worked in tandem with another pedophile, Wayne Chapman, during the 1970's. Chapman is still considered the top suspect in Puglisi's disappearance in the minds of many police officers. Chapman was arrested in Waterloo, New York on August 27, 1976 -- six days after Puglisi disappeared from Massachusetts. Chapman was charged with driving a stolen vehicle, which was a converted van which had been a blue-painted bread delivery truck at one time. The van was close to the description of an unidentified vehicle seen near the swimming pool where Puglisi was last seen




    Police discovered a starter pistol; pornographic material; child photos; and a bloody sock in Chapman's truck at the time of his 1976 New York arrest, among other items. The results of blood tests reportedly conducted on the sock were lost sometime after Chapman's arrest and have never been located. Police suspected that the blood on the sock may have matched Puglisi's type.
    Authorities began utilizing a psychic detective in the late 1970's and early 1980's for the Puglisi case. The psychic claimed that the boy was buried in an area of Massachusetts which fit the description of a locale near Lawrence. He also stated that Puglisi died as a result of an epileptic seizure, which was brought on by a gag stuffed into the child's mouth while the unnamed attacker sexually abused him. Police had not yet released the details of Puglisi's epilepsy at the time of the psychic's reading. Investigators maintained that the manner in which Puglisi was attacked (as described by the psychic) fit the profile of Chapman's previous assaults. Chapman is currently imprisoned on a charge unrelated to Puglisi's disappearance. He recanted previous statements he made to police in the 1970's, in which he admitted that he was familiar with Lawrence, Massachusetts and had attacked two boys in the area in the 1970's (neither of them was Puglisi). Chapman now claims he has never been to the city for any substantial length of time.
    Throughout the course of the ensuing invetigation, police also came to suspect both of Puglisi's parents in his case, as they were having relationship problems at the time their son vanished (they are no longer involved with each other). Both parents have been essentially ruled out as suspects in Puglisi's case, although not officially. Both maintained they never harmed their son. Puglisi's mother informed authorities that her son called home at approximately 3:30 PM on the day he disappeared. She said that one of his brothers spoke to him and the conversation gave no indication that anything was amiss at that time. A lifeguard claimed he saw Puglisi wandering around the pool area at 5:45 PM; the child then disappeared.
    One of Puglisi's friends maintains that he saw a van similar in stature to Chapman's truck parked near the swimming pool at the time of Puglisi's disappearance. The same friend also stated to authorities that he and another child came across a pit in the woods near the pool sometime after Puglisi vanished, which was large enough to hold a child's body. The pit was empty at the time the children viewed it; when they returned days later, it had been filled in. It has never proven that this site is where Puglisi or anyone else may have been interred.
    Two excavations took place in two areas near Lawrence in 1999, both of them with the intention of searching for Puglisi's body. He was never located. Puglisi's childhood friend, Melanie Perkins, is now a filmmaker and is producing a documentary on the search for Puglisi.
     
  2. smile22

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    is any one familar with this case and how it was once belived to be linked to the janice pockett disaperance let me know what u think on this really cold old case
     
  3. smile22

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    i was in a local walmart today and was on my way out when i saw the missing children posters none of them looked familar untill i saw the one and andy puglise i was shocked to see such and old cold case flyer posted in a walmart after all these years of him being missing
     
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    On a hot summer day in August, 1976, ten year-old Andy Puglisi was playing along with dozens of other kids at the Higgins Memorial Pool in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Then suddenly, he disappeared. Twenty-two years later, filmmaker Melanie Perkins, Andy's childhood friend, began her search for answers in this still unsolved case.


    http://www.haveyouseenandy.com
     
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    does anyone know if the documentary is available for purchase?
     
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    It sounds like it hasn't been finished yet:
     
  8. smile22

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    wow didnt think anyone was posting on the thread... still havent found his body or that of 7 year old janice pockett from tolland ct 20 miles from where andy lived... janice went missing a few years before andy and at one time it was thought the two disaperances could have been related
     
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    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    <SNIP> "Have You Seen Andy?" - by Jason Guerrasio (February 1, 2006)

    ".... Filming wrapped up this past summer. It was shot on BETA and DV by Stephen McCarthy and is currently being edited by Rachel Clark. The doc was recently picked up by HBO for a 2007 broadcast. But Perkins believes it has theatrical potential and is submitting it to festivals in hopes of distribution. ...."

    http://www.indiewire.com/movies/2006/02/by_jason_guerra_1.html

     
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    Thank you so much for the information. I am really looking forward to seeing this film.


    I wonder if Chapman is still in jail. I believe he is the strongest suspect.
     
  11. gardenmom

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    Anybody know who puts out the Walmart Flyers?
     
  12. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    You're welcome Usher! I'm interested in seeing this documentary now myself! :)



     
  13. Mom who cares

    Mom who cares Cheesehead from the Dairy State

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    Good question, I worked in a Walmart Branch Bank and I know the greeters took care of the board, but how do they determine who was on at any given time? I recognize so many of them, they do a great job. I wonder if they are connected with the NCMEC?
     
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    maybe the ncmec gives them flyers each month to post up and take the others down or something or they just have random ones that they are suposed to recycle like take these down put the new ones up take those down put old ones up?
     
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    Next time I go to walmart I'm going to see who puts them out. I'm wondering if we can contact them and make requests. They seem to do a pretty good job though. I just wonder how many people really look at them. Betting than nothing though.
     
  16. ihadcabinfever

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    The documentary about Andy will be released by HBO in June 2007 of this year.

    http://www.haveyouseenandy.com/story/

    Angelo Gene Puglisi
    Missing since August 21, 1976 from Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts.
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction



    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: September 2, 1965
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 10 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 65 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: Puglisi has three scars along his spine; he also has a skin discoloration on his chest.
    Nickname: Andy
    Medical Conditions: Puglisi is mildly epileptic.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Puglisi was last seen swimming in a public swimming pool, approximately 100 yards from his family's Lawrence, Massachusetts home on August 21, 1976.
    A suspect confessed to two abductions in the New England area during the 1970's; one was the disappearance of Janice Pockett, who was apparently abducted from Tolland, Connecticut in 1973. The other abduction was that of an unidentified boy from Lawrence, Massachusetts -- whom many believe to be Puglisi.
    The suspect claimed that he buried the unidentified boy in a grave near Pockett's supposed grave; these graves have never been discovered. The suspect told police that he abducted the boy believed to be Puglisi under the guise of taking him fishing.
    Puglisi's mother informed authorities that her son called home at approximately 3:30 PM on the day he disappeared. She said that one of his brothers spoke to him and the conversation gave no indication that anything was amiss at that time. A lifeguard claimed he saw Puglisi wandering around the pool area at 5:45 PM; the child then disappeared.

    Two excavations took place in two areas near Lawrence in 1999, both of them with the intention of searching for Puglisi's body. He was never located. Puglisi's childhood friend, Melanie Perkins, is now a filmmaker and is producing a documentary on the search for Puglisi.



    Melanie Perkins asked me to pass along to everyone.

    Thank you Melanie .
     
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    Bumping for Andy
     
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    Oh I remember reading about this little boy and that a film will be released. I will definitely be taking a look. Thanks for keeping us updated.
     
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    http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=190089

    This May, at the Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence, where Perkins’ introduction to film was George Hamilton’s “Love at First Bite,” the 40-year-old producer and director will premiere her feature-length documentary, “Have You Seen Andy?” before it airs on HBO in June.

    With the film seven years in the making, Perkins confesses, “I had an agenda. I needed to find out what happened to Andy. I’m still in mourning. Finishing this film, for me, has been like finishing a journey.”

    bumping for Andy Puglisi
     
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    http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=190090

    Fiend fights for release -- Therapist: He’s a ‘hopeless case’
    By Jessica Van Sack
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 - Updated: 02:00 AM EST

    A fiendish sex predator and suspected child murderer with a history of favorable court decisions could become a free man this week after a trial to determine whether he is still sexually dangerous.

    Wayne W. Chapman, 59, was convicted of two counts of child rape in 1977 and later pleaded guilty to a separate series of child sex assault charges.

    Known to lure little boys into the woods by saying he needed help searching for his pet poodle, Chapman served out his sentence in 2004, and the Essex District Attorney’s Office has since kept him locked up as it fights to prevent his release.

    “If they let him out, they’re insane,” said Faith Ann Puglisi, who believes Chapman abducted, murdered and raped her son, Angelo “Andy” Puglisi, who was 10 when he vanished from the Higgins Memorial Pool in Lawrence on Aug. 21, 1976.
     

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