Timmothy Pitzen

Timmothy Pitzen

Timmothy Pitzen was born on October 18, 2004 in Aurora, Illinois. He was taken on May 11, 2011. James Pitzen, Timmothy’s father, dropped him off at Greenman Elementary School that morning. A short time later Amy Fry-Pitzen, his mother, checked him out claiming a family emergency. The mother/son duo went on a 3-day excursion visiting amusement parks and such. At the end of this spontaneous trip, Amy was found dead of self inflicted wounds with a note that would shock and confuse everyone.

Amy Fry-Pitzen and Timmothy Pitzen

Around 8:30 am on May 11, 2011 Amy checked her son out of school, explaining that there was a family emergency. That turned out to be false. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RNbiIFC4zX4. (Footage of Amy picking up Timmothy at school) She then dropped off her car at a mechanic shop around 10am. An employee of the shop took Amy and Timmothy to the Brookfield Zoo. She returned around 3pm to pick up her car. From there, the two went to the KeyLime Cove Resort in Gurnee.

On May 12 they were spotted on hotel surveillance at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AE_xviac6K0. (Hotel surveillance showing Amy and Timmothy) The pair were also seen on camera in a check-out line around 10am. The following day would be the last time Timmothy was seen.

Hotel footage of Amy and Timmothy

On May 13, Amy called her mother and brother-in-law between 12-1:30pm. She explained that they were both safe and that no one should worry. Of course by now they have been reported missing by James Pitzen. It was speculated that the couple’s marriage was tense and maybe she was taking some time away. Her cellphone pinged northwest of Sterling, near Route 40 (about 130 miles from Wisconsin Dells). Timmothy was heard in the background saying that he was hungry. For some unknown reason, Amy never called James.

Here is where I noticed a worrisome time gap. Amy is seen on camera at 7:25pm, alone, at a Family Dollar in Winnebago buying paper, a pen and envelopes. The distance from Sterling to Winnebago is about 40 miles. She is then spotted at 8:00pm at Sullivan’s Food Store, also without Timmothy.

Amy entering Sullivan’s Food store

Around 11:15pm, she checks into the Rockford Inn at Rockford. On May 14, around 12:30pm, a hotel maid found Amy’s body. She had taken an excessive amount of antihistamine medication and slit her wrists and throat. She left a note apologizing for the mess she had made. The most shocking and confusing part of the note was her claim that Timmothy was safe with people who would care for him and that he would never be found.

This investigation is quite confusing. She traveled over 600 miles during this crazy trip and left little to go on. Her 2004 Ford Expedition gave small clues, but not enough to find little Timmothy.

Amy’s 2004 Ford Expedition

Inside the SUV was a significant blood stain that matches Timmothy but it was not fresh. A family member told law enforcement that Timmothy had a bad nosebleed within the last month and that he had them frequently. The outside of the SUV revealed vegetation that held small clues. Police were lead to areas where Queen Anne’s lace and black mustard plants grew. They searched Whiteside County and Lee County, located in northwest Illinois, but came up empty handed.

Her cell phone was turned in to law enforcement in 2013 but was actually found in 2011 off route 78. The woman that found the phone kept it on a shelf for two years and eventually gave it to her brother. When he turned the phone on, he recognized the contacts in the phone as being in relation to the Pitzen case.

Amy had an I-PASS for tollbooth use. That account showed that she had made two separate trips, one in February and one in March, to the exact hotel she died in and the locations along the way of her final trip with her son. This information has lead law enforcement to believe she planned the whole thing.

Timmothy Pitzen with his father, James Pitzen

But what happened to Timmothy from the afternoon of the 12th to before 7pm on the 13th? What did she do? Who could she have left him with, if she really did that? Many theories have circulated in this case. Family and friends do not believe she would ever harm Timmothy. But then where is he? Timmothy’s father still holds tight to hope that he is alive somewhere. If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts, please contact the number at the bottom of the poster below. Let‘s bring Timmothy Pitzen home!

Poster from Rapid Search and Rescue

Conrad Roy III

Tragedy struck the Roy family of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts on July 13, 2014.  Lynn and Conrad Roy were facing one of every parent’s worst fears.  Their son was missing.  Then another fear became reality… their son was dead.  Conrad Roy III had committed suicide.


Conrad Roy III graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School with a 3.88 GPA.  He also earned his captain’s license from Northeast Maritime Institute.  Roy had been accepted to Fitchburg State University and planned on attending with his best friend.  He was an excellent, all-around athlete.  He played football, baseball, rowed crew and ran track.  He worked with his father, grandfather and uncle for Tucker-Roy Marine Towing and Salvage, Inc.  It seems that he had everything going for him, right?  It seems like the life of a normal teenager.  So, what happened?  What was hiding just under the surface?

There seems to be a bit of a troubled past dealing with depression and a hospitalization for an acetaminophen overdose in October of 2012, according to an article I found. This same article talks about the relevance of a domestic violence document dealing with Roy’s parents in 2011, before their divorce.  

Conrad Roy III met Michelle Carter in Naples, Florida while on vacation in 2012.  Their relationship consisted of text messages and phone calls.  I’m a little confused about their relationship though.  They lived about 35-40 miles apart and only met up in person a couple of times after they met on vacation.  It seems odd to me.  Michelle Carter, if I’m not mistaken, claims a 2 year relationship, but I’ve read quotes from Roy’s mother and best friend that they didn’t know her or know of an ongoing relationship.   In my opinion, the relationship doesn’t add up.  You’ve got Carter claiming a 2 year “relationship” and Roy’s best friend not knowing about her… hmmm.  An article from the Boston Herald (https://www.bostonherald.com/2015/03/01/teens-family-girl-is-not-the-villain/) states that friends interviewed by police described Michelle as someone who “requires a lot of attention” and “has a history of being the ‘girl who cried wolf'”.

Let’s look at July 12, 2014, the day before his body was found.  He spent the day with his family at the beach.  An article on masslive.com states there have been two stories about that day at the beach.  One story is that the day went fine and Roy spent quality time with family.  He walked the beach with his mother discussing college and other future plans.  Another story, given by Roy’s mother to New York Magazine, states that Roy was distracted and more interested in texting than speaking with her.  It was discovered later that he had been texting Michelle Carter.  According to those text messages, Carter was urging Roy to end his life.  It appears that Roy had second thoughts about ending his life, but Carter just wouldn’t let it go.  Texts from Carter state, “You said you were gonna do it.  Like I don’t get why you aren’t.  So I guess you aren’t going to do it then.  All that for nothing.”.   Here’s messages I found from deadstate.org (https://deadstate.org/here-are-the-disturbing-texts-from-michelle-carter-pressuring-her-boyfriend-to-commit-suicide/

Carter acted as if she was devastated about losing Conrad. She was so consumed by her grief and sadness that she enjoyed her prom and visited Disney World. (I promise I’m rolling my eyes so hard at the moment!) Anyway, as the investigation unraveled, it was brought to light Michelle’s role in Conrad’s suicide. Carter opted for a bench trial. A bench trial is when a judge, not a jury, would decide the punishment. She was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months with 5 years probation. She was just released, 3 months early, for her good behavior. One of the conditions in her release is that she cannot profit from her story.

 

My personal opinion about this case probably won’t mean much to most but I like adding my two cents worth anyway! Michelle Carter, in my opinion, is an attention-seeking monster. She met Conrad while they were both on vacation with their families and decided right then and there that she had found a “puppet”. She took the next two years, sending thousands and thousands of text messages, grooming him for his death. Conrad had dealt with depression in the past and did have a suicidal past…BUT he was doing better and making progress. Carter came along and seemed to enjoy pulling strings and calling the shots. The constant messages to Conrad demanding that he commit suicide and the “effort” to help his family find him afterward proves she’s evil as hell. She posted so many “sad” updates on social media and arranged little remembrance events for him…all the while knowing she was the one who convinced him to take his own life. Serving 12 months has taught her NOTHING, in my opinion. She’s going to go on with her life. She’s going to have all the experiences in her life that she stripped from Conrad. It’s completely ridiculous that her punishment wasn’t more severe. We have to have more consequences for crimes like this.

With that said, I implore anyone dealing with sadness and/or suicidal thoughts to seek help. Please talk to someone. Talk with a trusted friend and/or adult or call a hotline. There are resources available! You matter! Don’t let others make you feel “less than”.

National Suicide Hotline- 1-800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

Text HELLO to 741741 for Crisis help

Click this link for hotlines for any and all situations- https://psychcentral.com/lib/common-hotline-phone-numbers/

Travis Eric Smith-aka Eric Waters

Eric Smith, of Portal, GA, went missing on the evening of December 20, 2019. His best friend, Justin Smith, had dropped him off, according to one of Justin’s comments, at Tanner Lanier’s place of residence. That’s the last time Justin saw his best friend.

Justin Smith has searched relentlessly and set up community searches for Eric during this time. He has searched woods, creeks, dirt roads etc. He’s even had his life put in incredible danger. A couple of weekends after Eric’s disappearance, Justin and his wife were out looking for Eric when they passed Tanner Lanier’s house. They couldn’t have imagined the horrible events that would unfold at that time. Lanier decided to chase Justin and his wife down with his truck, ram their vehicle and fire shots at them. Lanier was arrested and released on bond. A few days later, Lanier was arrested again on multiple drug charges and again, let out on bond.

https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/man-questioned-missing-person-case-charged-aggravated-assault/

https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/mother-wants-answers-case-missing-son/

Ms. Frankie Waters was told her son was last seen around the area of Westside Rd and David Colley Rd. He was reportedly with another man and helping someone with a vehicle that had broken down. Ms. Waters says that BCSD (Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department) knows of audio recordings and screenshots of people discussing what actually happened to her son, Eric. ~~refer to article above

All updates and complete background will be added as I get them.

If you have information relating to Eric’s disappearance please don’t hesitate to call the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department. 912-764-8888

https://www.facebook.com/Help-Bring-Eric-Home-105859224268682/

Justice for Jonathan Swierski

Photo obtained from Dawn Swierski

July 6, 2019 marked the beginning of a dark and tragic rollercoaster for the Swierski family. They received the devastating news that their son, Jonathan, had been shot and killed.

Jonathan, age 20, is described by all as a loving son, loyal friend, great football player, protective big brother and hard worker. He was dedicated to the ROTC program and had plans to join the military. Jonathan worked with his father, Mr. Scott Swierski, daily. Mr. Swierski loved working side by side with his son and had plans of passing down his business to Jonathan one day.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

His mother, Mrs. Dawn Swierski, cherished every moment with her son. She still shared precious mother/son moments with Jonathan, like cutting his hair. She was very proud of the young man Jonathan had become and had high hopes for his future.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

Jonathan also had a special bond with his little sister, who he lovingly called his “baby girl”. He absolutely adored her and spent as much time as possible with her. He proved to be very protective of her and even wrote of her frequently in his journal at school.

Photo provided by Dawn Swierski

But everything changed on that dreadful night in July. Their lives were turned upside down and inside out.

On the night of July 6, 2019, Jonathan received a phone call from a friend saying that he was being threatened and a fight was about to happen. He asked Jonathan to come help. Being the loyal, loving friend he was, Jonathan immediately agreed to aid his friend. Jonathan explained the situation to his girlfriend, Lacey Horne, and two other buddies that were at his house at the time. All four decided to go help. Upon arriving at the Paces Pointe Apartment Complex, details get a little hazy.

Photo obtained from Fox 46 news report

According to Dawn Swierski, Jonathan spotted a guy at the playground of the complex. He exited the vehicle to approach the unknown man. As Jonathan was headed towards the playground, his girlfriend goes to the apartment of the friend that called for help. Jonathan’s friend that drove them there got out of the car with a loaded shotgun and a few extra shells in his pocket. (From here on he will be referred to as The Shooter)

Photo obtained by Fox 46 news report

As The Shooter approached the playground, Jonathan was already engaged in a fight with the unknown man. According to The Shooter’s 911 call, the stranger hit him and the gun went off.

Jonathan was shot at very close range in the chest. Law enforcement arrived on the scene and found Jonathan deceased.

North Carolina law states that pointing a gun and accidentally shooting someone is considered involuntary manslaughter. For reasons I don’t understand, Matthews PD declared Jonathan’s death an accident within a week or so even though the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. The case was then turned over to the Mecklenburg County DA’s office.

The Swierski family felt a sense of hope in August 2019 when Brad Smith weighed in with his opinion. Smith, a Charlotte criminal defense attorney, reviewed the case and the 911 call. He stated, “There’s a large difference between what’s reckless and what’s an accidental act.”

Screenshot from Fox 46 interview

Getting hit again with gruesome news in September 2019 was hard on the Swierski family. The DA’s office made an announcement that no charges would be filed against The Shooter.

Dawn Swierski has reached out to several media outlets and such to get justice for her son. She has worked and fought so hard to bring this case to light. I stand with her in this fight! Bringing a loaded shotgun to a possible fist fight is absolutely reckless and irresponsible. If I’m not mistaken, the attorney, Mr. Smith, made a comment about the stranger on the playground hitting The Shooter could be charged too. And what about the so-called friend that called Jonathan over in the first place?? Instead of simply locking his apartment door or calling the police or perhaps handling his own battles…he called Jonathan. He didn’t, to my knowledge, leave his apartment to come help Jonathan. He was in his apartment avoiding all the mess while Jonathan was engaged in a fight and being shot. And what about other cases in North Carolina that ended in involuntary manslaughter? Why does this case get dismissed?

Clipping from Newspapers.com

Clipping from Newspapers.com

We will continue to fight for Jonathan. We will seek justice for this young man who was stripped from this world over reckless and irresponsible behavior.

Please show your support for Jonathan’s family on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceforjonathan/?ref=share

Photo obtained from Dawn Swierski

Keaton Jones

I’m sure, by now, everyone has seen or heard about the bullying video of Keaton. It sparked an “I STAND WITH KEATON” movement on social media. Several movie stars and famous athletes have responded to the little boy. They have all offered words of encouragement and invited him to games and movie premiers.

Recently Joe Schilling, an MMA fighter, reached out to Keaton and his family. He expressed that he’d love to meet Keaton and his family and even invited Keaton to L.A. to watch an MMA fight. The series of messages that came next, screen shots taken by Schilling, were a bit shocking! Keaton’s mother, or someone claiming to be her, apparently only wanted money due to “not being rich” and even made comments along the lines of “us white people sticking together.” What the hell? There is a GoFund me account, presumably by the Jones family, that has raised roughly $60,000 but it has been suspended due to these claims. I read this morning that Schilling has removed his video due to backlash of not knowing whether this was the real Mrs. Jones he was messaging. But still…it’s a shame we live in a world where we have to question things like this. We have to question the “truth” people speak and their motives. It’s sad.

Setting this controversy aside…I really hope this child gets help from his school and community if he’s being bullied. I also hope we all learn to stand together against shit like this!

Anderson Cooper claims Twitter hack

Anderson Cooper is claiming his Twitter account was hacked after he posted an Anti-Trump tweet!

The tweet referred to President Trump as a “tool” and a “pathetic loser.” Hmmm…

One has to wonder if Cooper’s Twitter was really hacked by someone or if Cooper himself was hacked…possibly by a bottle of Jack or Jim! Just sayin’!

All the “Twitter wars” are rather comical in my opinion.

Steve Stephens

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Steve Stephens (Facebook)

 

I have been following the story on Steve Stephens, 37,  since Easter Sunday.  It has been so confusing as to why this man decided to turn his life into one of chaos and murder.  On Sunday, he shot and killed 74 year old Robert Godwin, Sr. while videoing the entire act.  He posted the video to his Facebook account and then did a live stream confessing to and discussing the murder.  It was a seemingly random murder and Stephens blamed his actions on a woman named Joy Lane.  Cleveland police issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and arrest and the FBI added him to the ‘Most Wanted’ list.  Pennsylvania State Police spotted Stephen’s car this morning in Erie as he left a McDonald’s.  After a short pursuit and trying to get him to pull over, Stephens stopped his car across from an elementary school and shot and killed himself.

I’m guessing all the facts and little unknown secrets about this man will come to light within the week, but it is still so unnerving!  In one of the live streams he did on Monday, he confessed to killing 13 people.  He gave locations and street names as well.  Now, I’m not saying he did or didn’t commit any other murders but I find it very possible.  He didn’t seem to hesitate when shooting Mr. Godwin on Sunday.  This seemed to be an act he had committed before.  He was calm, collected and didn’t seem to mind taking another individual’s life.  I’ve read reports that say his sexuality played a key role in him deciding to go on this rampage.  Others say it’s from the breakup with his girlfriend.  Perhaps they are tied together.  What are your thoughts???

Regardless of the ‘why’… crimes connected to social media seem to be on the rise these days.  People are committing terrible crimes and going live on Facebook or uploading the terrible videos they’ve made.  I just don’t understand.  Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this particular incident as well as others that have ended up on social media.  Thanks for reading!

President Trump vs. Chicago crime


According to President Trump’s tweet (such a weird word, to me!), he is fed up with the rising crime rate of Chicago.  He wrote, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I’ll send in the Feds!”

I have read comment after comment on social media and people are divided on this statement.  Some are for the help and some against it.  In my opinion, Chicago has been getting worse every year for while now.  I’m not saying other cities aren’t bad, but they don’t call Chicago “CHIRAQ” for nothing!  We are only 26 days into this year and already have over 40 killings there.  That’s a damn shame!

As of today, according to heyjackass.com, 45 have been shot and killed, 219 shot and wounded, 264 total shot and 46 total homicides.  Seriously?!?  If Chicago cannot get its crime under control, why not have assistance?  I know most are bringing up martial law and saying help would create a bigger mess.  Chicago is already a huge mess.  How about the National Guard?  I’m not trying to promote violence on violence, believe me.  But can you imagine what the citizens of Chicago must go through on a daily basis?  I’m guessing many live in fear and wish life could be less threatening.  And yes, you can bring up the fact that Chicago needs more jobs and such.  You can bring up the fact of low- income.  But I don’t see new jobs being able to become available until the killings stop.  Business owners are already struggling and have been struggling for years.  No one wants to be out and about in all that mess.  It’s hard to build up a city that is constantly tearing itself down.  What else should be done?  Should Chicago be left alone to continue their war on each other?  Should innocent children continue to be caught in the crossfire?  I’m interested to read what you think on this matter.

Here is a video I came across of the lovely sounds of Chicago when the sun goes down.

The things we take for granted

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There are so many things in life that we all take for granted.  The past few months have been exhausting for me due to my husband being deployed again.  I have felt, at times, that I’m failing… failing at being a good mom and wife, failing at housework, failing at keeping up a workout routine…. the list goes on and on.

Today I thought about all of it.  I thought about all the blunders that came with 2016 and believe me, there were quite a few!  After making a mental list of all the crap that happened, I started to wonder why I was focusing on all that stuff.  Why hold on to the bad and not acknowledge the good?  There’s so many things that I cherish and I’ve neglected to even give them a second thought.  So, here’s a few things that get me through the day!

  • Coffee-  Coffee is my elixir!  It keeps me slightly sane and gets me through a whole day of dealing with a teenager and toddler!
  • Nature and Hiking-  Living in Hawaii has its advantages!  It is absolutely beautiful here and the adventures are endless!  Just taking my little one out in the stroller for a walk through the neighborhood is relaxing and gorgeous.  The hikes we’ve been on really help with stress and worry too.
  • Playtime with the kiddos-  Playtime isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you’re so tired and have a million things left on your daily list.  But I will say that it’s worth every second.  The memories we make last a lifetime.  The bond you make with your children will be one of the most important things ever.
  • Small gestures and gifts from your kids-  I don’t care if it’s a rock!  One day you will look back on that moment and smile!  I have saved rocks, small flowers, little poems and clay pots.
  • My health-  My health may be a work in progress, but I still have it!  I don’t just sit around all day.  I move, go outside, have a garden, take walks, go on picnics… make use of your body!  Your family depends on you.  You may not feel important all the time, but you are.
  • Hearing “mommy” 60 million times a day-  I don’t care what anyone says.  Being a mom is tough at times.  Some days are so exhausting.  But at the end of the day, after hearing “mommy” ALL DAY LONG, I’m so thankful for my kids.  They make my world go round!
  • Husband’s boots in the floor and uniforms to wash-  I’m serious!  Every time he has deployed it hits me that I miss that.  It reminds me how lucky I am to have him, how proud I am of him, how hard-working he is and how empty it feels when he’s gone.
  • Friends-  I have a few close friends and a wonderful sister-in-law that I keep in constant contact with.  Whether it’s just a phone call to chit-chat or vent, they are always right there.  It’s nice to have friends that hold you up when you’re feeling knocked down.

The last one….I’m breathing!  I’m still here!  I’m lucky to get to spend another day with my family and live this beautiful chaotic life!  My husband always says, “It’s not that serious.”  For the longest time I’ve battled being stressed and full of worry. I worry about everything.  I stress over the smallest blunders.  I have, however, gotten better about letting things go.  I’ve tried really hard to think things through and demand a less stressful life.  Sometimes all it takes is putting your foot down and not allowing events or people to pull you down.  So, remember this one small piece of advice.  If something is bothering you, ask yourself if it will matter in 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years.  If the answer is no, then let it go.

New to the military life?

img_0090I see posts and discussions online all the time about expectations of military life.  Preparing for this lifestyle is slightly impossible, but I’ve put together a little list to get you started!

So, you’ve met the man of your dreams and fell in love!  Congratulations!  Now begins the rollercoaster.  You will spend tons of time apart due to work, training and deployments.  Holidays come and go and customs forms can be filled out blindfolded.

Buy new furniture.  Stick all of it in a moving truck and drive that truck like you stole it!  Go over every speed bump you can find and take turns as sharp as possible!  Bang that furniture up real good.  Now, rent a house that doesn’t have room for all that lovely banged up furniture.  Oh, and don’t forget all the lovely colorful stickers that you will be finding for the next 20 years!

Cry, laugh and drink!  Meet the best people ever, become great friends and then you will all move in opposite directions.  Just learn to embrace the adventure.

Hurry up and wait!  You will figure this one out sooner than later.

9-5?  What the hell is that?!?  Seriously.

New address?  Having trouble changing all the bills and stuff over to the new address?  Try remembering all of them for the past 6 years to fill out a form!

Learn to sleep with your phone and computer.  Wait… did I say sleep?  Deployments suck.  And you will learn to have cereal for dinner!

If you plan on going to the commissary on the 1st or 15th, make sure to use your husband’s combat gear!  It can get rowdy in there!

Wait for your husband to receive PCS orders and then spend a couple of weeks losing your sanity and running around like a crazy lady.  He gets a stack of papers and you get a 101 list of things that have to be done in two weeks.  Congrats!

Go ahead and ask your husband what time he’s getting off work.  Make plans.  Then wait 3-4 hours after said time and ask yourself if it’s too late for coffee or too early for a drink!

Join the FRG, sit back with a bag of popcorn and enjoy the show!   It gets that good!

Not handy around the house?  No problem.  You will learn that kicking or hitting something with a hammer while cussing works wonders.

Lastly, remember to just go with it!  Enjoy your life.  You’re married to your best friend and love of your life.  Learn to laugh and laugh often!