For those of you who have read the book, I have found out some new information, much of which came from some United Press stories back in the day:
- The reason Edward Vreeland was not administered scopolamine, a “truth serum” was because his brother, Charles, refused to allow authorities the privilege. – Sept. 24, 1925 Sheboygan (Wis.) Press.
- When found, Buddy’s body was “nearly skeletonized,” – Sept. 25, 1925 Sheboygan (Wis.) Press.
- 51-614-B was the license plate number belonging to a Sheboygan vehicle reportedly seen in Columbus carrying a man and a boy who fit Buddy Schumacher’s description. Authorities traced the license to a Ford touring car owned by Stoffel Almekinders, who lived in the Town of Wilson, near Sheboygan. After visiting the Almekinder farm, Milwaukee police learned the car hadn’t been out of the garage in two days and that Almekinder could not have been in Wauwatosa at the time Buddy disappeared. – July 30, 1925, Sheboygan (Wis.) Press.
- A very sad note: When Buddy’s sister, Jeanette, was quite on in years, she told her grandson, Ian Egloff that when Buddy was alive, she used to wish he’d disappear. When he actually did, she felt much regret and guilt, especially the Christmas after he died. Ian added that Jeanette, whom he called “Netzy,”said that her brother’s death caused her to distrust people. He also remembers her as a “wonderful person, very kind and accepting of people for what they were.” He thinks she had a bit of a wild streak, too. – email fron Ian Egloff, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Oct. 4, 2012
I’ll post updates as they become available.