Aug 18, 2014
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Investigations Continue in Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone Cases; Update

Investigations Continue in Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone Cases; Update

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of over 20 books.

In March 2013, M. William Phelps detailed the terrifying stories of two Connecticut girls, Lisa White and Janice Pocket, who disappeared in the early 1970s and have never been recovered. In a story titled, "Blonde, Blue-Eyed & Gone," Phelps explained their stories and offered possible explanations and suspects in these two cold cases.

Read the full story here.

Now, over a year later, Phelps is back with an update of these cases. Read more below. 


Out of the four cases I profiled in the article "Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone," and on the episode of my Investigation Discovery series "Dark Minds" under the same title, the Lisa White segment generated the most tips, comments and action by law enforcement thus far. And as of this writing, I am still receiving tips for Lisa's case. I'm told by law enforcement that Lisa's case is "very active" right now and “things are happening.”

That’s terrific news.

What makes my work worthwhile is the fact that people are once again talking about these cases and the public is thinking about them in a different way. Investigation Discovery and Connecticut Magazine play major roles in that; without the support of either, no one would be talking about these cases and any of the law enforcement activity now taking place would not be happening. I have personally met with the Vernon Police Department, the Connecticut State Police, and the Connecticut Cold Case squad regarding Lisa White and Janice Pocket, my suspects and all the tips I have received. I was briefed on progress in these cases. In Janice Pocket's case, I am told there is also a renewed interest in certain suspects.

Are the three brothers I profiled in the article and television episode being looked at by law enforcement? Absolutely. What I’m comfortable saying in that regard is that they have not yet been ruled out as suspects. As far as the Hunter and/or his brothers being the perpetrators in these cases, it doesn’t matter to me if I am right or wrong; what matters more than anything is that law enforcement is actively investigating these cases once again. That is significant all by itself.

November 1, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of Lisa White's disappearance. I hesitate to use the word “anniversary” because there is nothing to celebrate. On that note, however, I have instituted a cause to plan a memorial garden in Lisa’s memory on the site of her disappearance, which we hope to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for on or near that November 1 date.

Will there be a resolution in any of these cases? I can say that with what I know, I believe Lisa's case will generate some answers in the near future. I also believe there are answers to Janice's case out there and law enforcement, if they persist, will uncover them. Cold cases need public interaction and these cases, especially, cannot be solved unless witnesses and people who know things continue to come forward. There are people—at the least in Lisa White’s case—who have important information. Those witnesses need to step up and do the right thing.


M. William Phelps is a serial killer expert, acclaimed investigative journalist the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of 26 nonfiction books. Winner of the 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You and the Excellence in Journalism Award for his Connecticut Magazine article “Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone,” Phelps lives in a small Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his author website, His latest book is The Killing Kind.


Investigations Continue in Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone Cases; Update

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