Monday, April 11, 2016

I Is for the Indiana Dunes Women

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




The beach is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Many of us live for those few days every five years or so that we get to look out at this.



Yet some of the most mysterious disappearances in history have taken place at the beach. One of those disappearances happened in 1966, when three young women climbed onto a small motorboat on Lake Michigan and were never seen again.


Investigators look for the missing women. Photo credit: New York Daily News

The morning began fairly peacefully. Friends Patty Blough, Renee Bruhl and Ann Miller pulled up to the Indiana Dunes in the morning and walked from the parking lot to the park. At approximately noon, a couple saw the three women set their belongings down and enter the lake.


Ann Miller, Patricia Blough, and Renee Bruhl

Soon after, the couple say they saw the three women speaking to a man operating a boat. They got on the boat with the man and he headed west. They have never been seen again.


Relatives examine the girls' belongings. Photo credit: New York Daily News

Later it was revealed that two of the women were pregnant and it's possible abortion was the reason for their boat trip. Could something have gone wrong with the abortion? Or were the girls lured onto the boat under false pretenses?



What do you think happened to the Indiana Dunes women?

⬅️ H Is for Hikers

71 comments:

  1. Again, nothing good. You have found some truly heartbreaking stories. So much of their lives to live - gone.

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    1. Yes, whenever I watched Disappeared, I loved the mystery but I'd get to the end of it and desperately start Googling to see if they'd found the person yet because I wanted resolution. They found the McStay family...one that was really bothering me. But it wasn't good. There really is never a good resolution to a missing person story.

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  2. That guy could have been the escort and when things went wrong with one. Of the procedures, they killed all of them to keep it silent.

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    1. That's actually what many people believe, from what I found.

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  3. Was the guy heard from again? If not, it's possible the had boat trouble and all sank. What does anyone know about the guy? Sounds fish. No pun intended.

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    1. They never tracked him down...the people described the boat, but apparently there wasn't enough information to pin him down as a "regular." Something similar happened not too long ago and it was a boat charting company run by a guy who tried to murder a woman and the two girls she was with--they knew then that he was the guy who had murdered a previously group of women.

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  4. Another heartbreaking story! Perhaps a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster lives there and overturned the boat accidentally when he went over to say hi. But, it probably was something far less pleasant that happened.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-is-for-island-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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    1. Haha...yes, it could be! Or a shark...

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  5. Another one that has so many unanswered questions. A sad ending.

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    1. I think it's easier because we don't really know the ending...

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  6. I've been through Indiana Dunes (it was on the way from where I lived in MI and Chicago) but never knew about this...

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    1. How interesting! I know when I hear stories that happen nearby, they catch my attention.

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  7. Not only should we not get into cars with unknown men, but also boats. It's way to easy to disappear in a lake.
    Discarded Darlings

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    1. Absolutely. As many true crime sorts of things as I've listened to, one thing I've learned is to never get into the car (or especially onto a BOAT). Often if you scream and make a scene, they'll run off, but if they get you alone...

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  8. Sounds like they were being duped into something.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I agree...either that or they were deliberately disappearing.

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  9. I agree with Jean Davis--the rules of not getting into cars with strangers apply to boats as well.

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    1. Even more so--out on the water you can't escape.

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  10. I think they were murdered when something went terribly wrong with the abortion to cover up. An abortion mill on a house boat was probably where these women met their fate. I would think they were killed and sunk into Lake Michigan by a heavy object.
    A sad story.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I can imagine someone trying to perform abortions on boats...thinking no one could catch them maybe?

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  11. Hearing stuff like this never ceases to amaze me, but I can imagine that back in the 60's they may not have had all the tools needed to be as diligent as they could to get to the bottom of this mystery. It would be interesting to find out what happened, though. Hugs...RO

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    1. Yeah, crime scene investigation wasn't what it was...and the boat was never found, so there was no way to search or even question the person who took them out onto the water.

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  12. I'm going to do something uncharacteristic of me and be an optimist: maybe they weren't going for abortions that went badly, but staging their deaths to escape to a new life with the babies away from the fathers and their families?

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    1. That's what I'd like to believe about all the missing persons cases!

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  13. And the married woman wanted a divorce. Two pregnant and the other wanted a divorce. Sounds like a lot of motive for murder.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Yes, true. So you think they were set up?

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  14. I wonder why they left all their stuff on the shore? Wouldn't it have been easier to meet this man - if that's what they were doing - somewhere else, some other way?

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    1. I agree...that makes me think they were already there, just hanging out, and he enticed them into a boat ride for fun.

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  15. This must have had a bad end. Odd they would leave their belongings. I'm intrigued and will look up more of this story.

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  16. Wow, that's creepy. I love going to the beach though. On our honeymoon on Kauai, there was a sign full of people's names who had died in the surf of a particular beach. My husband went wading (around knee high in the water or less), turned around for a picture, and a wave came out of nowhere and smacked him in the head! We only waded in an inch or two after that even though we both can swim.

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  17. Wow, that's creepy. I love going to the beach though. On our honeymoon on Kauai, there was a sign full of people's names who had died in the surf of a particular beach. My husband went wading (around knee high in the water or less), turned around for a picture, and a wave came out of nowhere and smacked him in the head! We only waded in an inch or two after that even though we both can swim.

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  18. I think it depends on the man. Chances are, he killed them for whatever reason, however, if he was also missing, it's possible they ran into some sort of boat trouble and all ending up drowning. Either way, I find it most strange that no bodies were ever found
    Debbie

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  19. Scary. The poor young woman were likely lured out under false pretenses. The dunes in Indiana have been sucking up people recently too. It was closed off to the public because of it. (I'm not sure if they've reopened it again or not.)

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  20. There's a number of reasons they might have disappeared. Murder is one, but the Great Lakes can be unpredictable and there are many mysterious deaths and sunken ships as a result. (Guess where I live.)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  21. These posts are absolutely fabulous. I look forward to them every day.

    Julie
    "An I for an I"
    http://www.julievalerie.com/thesaurus-tyrannosaurus-i/

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  22. These posts are absolutely fabulous. I look forward to them every day.

    Julie
    "An I for an I"
    http://www.julievalerie.com/thesaurus-tyrannosaurus-i/

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  23. did the Loch Ness Monster travel abroad and get them? Very mysterious indeed.

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  24. Very Interesting and also sad. Back then unwed and pregnant was frowned upon. Sounds like devious dealings were going on...

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  25. In '66 my guess is an illegal abortion gone bad and foul play to cover up. Very sad!

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  26. aw so sad!! I have a thing for unsolved mysteries as well, they really get to me!

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  27. Tough one. The two being pregnant could be the clue because it sure looks like a planned meet up with that guy and the boat especially if the pregnancies were a secret.

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  28. Another freaky one. I've decided I especially like the ones that took place several decades ago. Have you watched the ID Channel's show, A Crime to Remember? Really good stuff in there too.

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  29. another intriguing and interesting case. I am absolutely loving your posts. I am going to be sad when atoz is over. Can't wait for tomorrow's.

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  30. If I were to take a guess, I might go with a boating accident and all 3 women along with the captain of the other boat went down.

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  31. It would make me nervous to get on a boat or get in a car with a total stranger.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge I is for Imbruglia

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  32. Stephanie, Inside that middle grade writer lurks a mystery writer:) I bet you could write a great one.

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  33. I wonder if this had something to do with a back-alley abortion gone wrong...

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  34. Wow, there are too many questions for this case to have been closed. Although it may well have actually been closed and kept secret due to the 'sensitive' nature of the possible reason for the boat ride in the first place.
    Another good puzzle, Stephanie! I'll be thinking about it for some time, I'm sure;-)

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  35. I don't really think the abortion one is likely as it was three women.

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  36. How sad that all three of them disappeared. Maybe there was a medical problem with the two girls who were pregnant and the other felt she could never go back and so disappeared herself.

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  37. This is very intriguing, indeed. With so little information, the possibilities are endless! This definitely makes for a great podcast :)

    S.T.U.F.F.

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  38. This is very intriguing, indeed. With so little information, the possibilities are endless! This definitely makes for a great podcast :)

    S.T.U.F.F.

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  39. Hmmm- I am not sure what happened with this one. Very mysterious. Three missing girls makes me think that something really bad went down since none of their bodies have ever been found.
    ~Jess

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  40. I like mysteries. Considering the time frame a secretive abortion could be plausible. It was performed be a rouge doctor or someone with no medical experience it could have lead to death. Who knows but this is interesting.

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  41. This sounds horrible. I don't think anything accidental or innocent occurred.

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  42. It's so hard to imagine that three women can just disappear without a trace. It seems like someone would have seen what happened to them. Perhaps they did and aren't talking. Sad. I imagine there are a lot of similar stories.

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  43. Thus is truly an amazing story...I am surprised it hasn't been a movie or even a 20/20 topic! Really...to reiterate other thoughts...where was the man? Was he ever seen again?

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  44. What a sad end. I think they were all killed to keep silent

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  45. I can't imagine the heartbreak of the families - never knowing what happened. Something sinister it seems. Fascinating.

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  46. Gosh, this is awful~ It really is so heart wrenching to never know the truth~

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  47. Wow. I have no idea, but I bet the man was involved. Perhaps he killed them?

    Sad story.

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  48. It sounds like false pretenses to me, those poor girls.

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  49. If they still have not been found pretty sure the news is all bad. Worse if there's baby trafficking involved.

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  50. Oh my. The possibilities are endless. I wonder if they found the bloke with the boat. Surely he didn't disappear as well? Thanks for sharing, Stephanie. I'm intrigued by all these mysteries.

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  51. So interesting! I feel like each one of your posts could be created into a novel! So sad for those that have no idea what happened to their people! But such an interesting mystery to solve! I feel like it definitely has to be the man. But then again....

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  52. It's a shame that so many of these have remained unsolved.

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  53. You really have found some great mysteries to share!

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  54. I think the man did something awful to them!

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