OH OH - Ronald Tammen, 19, Oxford, 19 April 1953

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  1. annemc2

    annemc2 her name is Suzanne Marie Sevakis

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    Jenny I cannot *believe* that I had never stumbled upon your blog until the other night! I have so much catching up to do! I've been interested in this case for years and years and am so impressed with your dogged determination and research skills. I also really enjoy your writing style!

    My uncle recently passed away and was involved in some strange ops in Vietnam (possibly Project Phoenix). Things were declassified in the 1990s but still very hard to track down. He was extremely traumatized by the experience and spent much of his career working with current and former military members. Reading along with your experience and pervasiveness in tracking down old records is very inspiring. I'm off to do my nightly reading - several posts, I hope, before my eyes start to close!
     
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    Jennyw New Member

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    Wow -- thank you so much for your kind words, and I'm also sorry to hear about your uncle. I'm still gathering evidence, but, as you well know, roadblocks abound when conducting this type of research, and suggestions are always welcome for getting around them. Thank you again!
     
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    madfrank ASBO-rrific

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    Speculation concerning the dead fish in RT's bed, fwiw..
    Reporter gets mafia warning
    ''Use of a fish is notorious as a mafia message indicating that its recipient will "sleep with the fishes" unless he or she heeds the warning.''

    Also noting the common association of the term a "dead fish in bed" as an unsatisfactory (cold/unresponsive ect) lover.
     
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    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Ronald Tammen, Jr. 19, missing since 19 April 1953
     
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    I have read your blog on this case and found it very interesting. One thing I noticed is that Ron had a falling out with two of his brothers. I am not sure what the argument with Richard was about but him telling his other brother ,John, he would never speak to him again because he chose to marry instead of accepting scholarship seems harsh. I wonder if their was some family drama and Ron got sick of it and just decided to leave. It has happened lots of times in fact in my family alone it has happened twice.
     
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    Bumping for Ronald.
     
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    As for that family drama, I am wondering if the rest of the family got sick of Ron's perhaps judgemental nature and got rid of Ronald.
     
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    Could it be possible that Ronald was put in witness protection?
     
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    It's possible but wouldn't his family know about that.
     
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    Ronald Henry Tammen Jr.
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    Tammen, circa 1953
    • Missing Since 04/19/1953
    • Missing From Oxford, Ohio
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Sex Male
    • Race White
    • Date of Birth 07/23/1933 (87)
    • Age 19 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'9 - 5'10, 175 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Tammen had a muscular build in 1953. His blood type is O-positive. One of his front teeth slightly overlaps the other tooth, and he has an acquired deformity of the ear called "cauliflower ear."
    Details of Disappearance

    Tammen was last seen in old Fisher Hall, a former Victorian mental asylum converted to a dormitory at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on April 19, 1953. He was a resident hall advisor at Fisher Hall, and lived in room 225. At 8:00 p.m., he requested new bed sheets because someone had put a dead fish in his bed.

    Sometime around 8:30 p.m., Tammen apparently heard something outside his room that disturbed him, and went out into the hallway to investigate. He never returned.

    His roommate came in at 10:00 p.m. and found him gone. The roommate originally assumed Tammen was spending the night at his Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, and did not report his disappearance until the next day.

    There is no indication that Tammen left of his own accord. His clothes, car keys, wallet, identification, watch, high school class ring and other personal items were left behind in his dormitory room, and he also left the lights on, the radio playing, and a psychology textbook lying open on his desk. Curiously, he had actually dropped his psychology course three weeks earlier.

    His gold 1938 Chevrolet sedan was not taken from its place in the school parking lot, he left his bass fiddle in the back seat of the car, and he left behind $200 in his bank account. He is believed to have had no more than $10 to $15 on his person the night he disappeared, and was not wearing a coat.

    However, authorities have not found any indication of foul play in Tammen's disappearance either. They do not believe he could have been forcibly abducted, as he was large enough and strong enough to defend himself against most attackers.

    They theorized that he could have developed amnesia and wandered away, but if that was the case he should have been found relatively quickly.

    A woman living outside of Oxford, twelve miles east of the Miami University campus, claims that a young man came to her door at 11:00 p.m. the evening Tammen disappeared and asked what town he was in. Then he asked directions to the bus stop, which she gave him, and he left.

    However, the bus line had suspended its midnight run, so he could not have gotten on a bus. The witness says the man she spoke to was disheveled and dirty and appeared upset and confused. He was not wearing a coat or hat, although it was a cold night and there was snow on the ground. He was apparently on foot, since the woman did not see or hear a car.

    The man matched the physical description of Tammen and was wearing similar clothes, but it has not been confirmed that they were the same person, and Tammen's brother stated he did not believe the man the witness saw was Tammen.

    Five months to the day before Tammen vanished, he went to the Butler County Coroner's office in Hamilton, Ohio and asked for a test to have his blood typed. The coroner claims that this was the only such request he ever got in 35 years of practice.

    It's unknown why Tammen wanted the test done and why he did not have it conducted in Oxford, where local physicians or the university hospital could have typed his blood for him. He was scheduled for a physical examination by the Selective Service for induction into the army, but inductees did not need to know their blood type in advance of the physical.

    Tammen's parents, who lived in the 21000 block of Hillgrove Avenue in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1953, last saw him a week before he disappeared and say he did not appear to be troubled by anything at the time. He was on the varsity wrestling team in college, played in the school dance band, and was a business major and a good student. He dated at the time that he vanished but did not have a steady girlfriend.

    Jennifer Wenger, a Miami University alumnus, began researching the Tammen case in 2010 and spent nine years trying to solve his case. She doesn't think Tammen died around the time of his disappearance and thinks he lived for an extended period, perhaps as long as 42 years, which would place his death sometime in 1995.

    She bases this conclusion on the fact that the FBI discarded Tammen's fingerprint records in 2002; regulations allow them to destroy fingerprint records seven years after a person's death. Wenger believes Tammen's psychology professor was involved with the CIA and that Tammen may have been recruited into the agency.

    In the decades after Tammen's disappearance, students at Miami University claimed his ghost haunted Fisher Hall. His parents are now deceased. Fisher Hall was torn down in 1978 and an extensive search was conducted in the rubble for Tammen's remains, but no evidence was located.

    His youngest two siblings are still alive and hope for answers in his case. His disappearance remains unsolved.
    Investigating Agency
    • Oxford Police Department 513-524-5240
    Source Information
     
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    annemc2 her name is Suzanne Marie Sevakis

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    New-ish blog post by Jennifer Wenger My theory on Ron Tammen’s exact location the moment he disappeared, and other thoughts*

    Her last comment (8/16) regarding evidence of a possible (probable?) cover-up by the university is interesting, and will be expanded upon in her next podcast this coming week. Sounds like it's going to be a good one!
    https://www.theonethatgotawaypod.com/podcast

    edited to add link to original blog post regarding the psych textbook/possible staging/coverup The open psych book
     
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    The podcast has been fun so far, and really informative. Jennifer's uncovering some truly crazy stuff. Can't wait for the next one.
     
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    Video at link.
    By Chris Riva | November 5, 2020
    FOX19 Crimevault: What happened to Ronald Tammen?
    ''To this day, Ronald Tammen’s fate remains unknown. Some believe he was murdered; others feel he might still be alive.

    “The Ron Tammen story is the single most important cold case of a missing student at Miami University,” Miami University Historian Stephen Gordon said. “He mysteriously and suddenly disappeared from 225 Fisher Hall. Nobody has ever solved the case.”
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    The oldest Butler County case on the AG’s missing persons list is Ronald Henry Tammen, Jr., who’s been missing since April 19, 1953. Tammen, a native of the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights, was a 19-year-old Miami University student in Oxford when he went missing from his old Fisher Hall dorm room.

    Tammen’s roommate returned to the dorm room later that evening and told police he found the radio playing on Tammen’s desk with a light on, a psychology book open and his personal belongings — including car keys and wallet — left behind.
    ‘No one missing in Ohio is ever forgotten’: Latest Butler County search highlights missing persons cases
     
  18. DD Byrd

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    53' is a litte early to go missing as an Operative as an undegrad, without some seriously strange behavior on an average 'kid' at that point. And he certainly woudn't have left a Psych book open for a course he dropped without a meaning for whomever to find it. He either left as of his own accord, or was a victim of a prank gone too far. If he was pulled into US Intelligence, unlikely anyone will ever know without a body and DNA.

    No way to tell if the witness who met a man asking for a bus stop got the description of him correct, the date correct, or the conversation correct; especially with reports after all these years.
     
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