The Springfield Three Disappearance

The Springfield Three Disappearance

The Springfield Three is a reference to three unsolved disappearances that began on about June 7th 1992. Long time friends Suzanne “Suzie” Streeter and Stacy McCall, as well as Suzie’s Mother Sherrill Levitt, all disappeared in Springfield, Missouri. Neither their remains nor themselves have ever been seen since.

A bit of background on this case, this is being presented to help shed some light on most of the known events that took place on the day in question. This information is relevant as it gives us a basic timeline of the event the ultimately lead to their disappearance. If you should have any kind if factual information on the case that may help them find either the women or the people who are responsible for their disappearance please contact the Springfield, Missouri authorities.


Sherrill Levit was born November 1st 1944 and was 47 years of age at the time of her disappearance. She was about 5 feet tall and weighed approximately 110 pounds. She had short light brown hair and brown eyes as well as pierced ears. She has been a cosmetologist at teh a local salon. She was described as a single mother who was very close with her daughter, Suzie Streeter.


Suzanne Elizabeth “Suzie” Streeter was born March 9th, 1973 (was 19 at the time of her disappearance), and was 5 feet 5 inches tall. Her weight at last measure, was 102 pounds and she reportedly had a scar on her upper right forearm. She also had a small mole on left corner of her mouth and pierced ears, one on her right and two on her left.


Stacy McCall, Suzie’s friend, was born April 23rd 1974 which made her 18 at the time of her disappearance. She stood 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds. She darke blond hair that was blond and she had light colored eyes.


Suzie and Stacy had graduated from Kickapoo High School on June 6th of 1992. They had been reported to have been last seen at approximately 2 AM on June 7th, whey they were leaving the last of the few graduation parties that they had been attending. At one point during the night had been seen in Battlefield, Missouri. They had planned on spending the night at a friends house, however, they left because they felt it was too crowded at their friend’s place. They had head back to Suzies, and Stacy’s, homes respectively. Because their clothing, jewelry, purchases and vehicles where at the house the following day, it is believed they did arrive with no issues. Sherrill, Suzie’s mother, was last heard from about approximately 11:15 PM on June 6th when she had talke with a friend on the phone, the topic of discussion was about painting an armoire. The supposed timeline of the three is unclear and by some to be convoluted, as the friends who saw the girls, Suzie and Stacy, the previous night where the first ones to arrive at Suzie’s home the next day.


Stacy’s parents contacted the authorities about their daughters disappearance from the Levitt’s home more than 16 hours after the women were last seen, others who were worried about the missing women called and visited the following day.

The police believed that the supposed crime scene had been tampered with and corrupted by no less the ten people who had been visiting the Levitt’s home. Once the officers finally were able to look at the scene there didn’t appear to be and signs of a struggle aside from the broken porch light. However the glass shards had been cleaned away one the visitors. The authorities did note the beds of the women in the Levitt’s home had been slept in at some point. All personal property that was cataloged as left behind included the following: purses, money, cars, keys, cigarettes and the family dog, a Yorkshire Terrier. Sherrill and Suzie were legally dead in 1997, however their police file states they are actually still “Missing”.


There was on single suspect in the missing women’s case although no arrest was made. Robert Craig Cox was a convicted kidnapper and robber, he was also suspected of being involved with a Florida murder. He had told reporters that he had known where the three women were buried and that they had been murdered. He also claimed that their bodies would never be recovered. Later Robert told investigators that was  staying at his girlfriend’s place in Springfield the night the women had disappeared. The girlfriend did confirm his alibi. Police were not sure that he was actually involved in the case, and it was possible that he was seeking the recognition of the alleged murders by saying false statements. Robert also told both investigators and reporters that he would tell them what happened only after his mother had passed away.


No new information has come to light as of yet. If you know anything please, again contact the Springfield Authorities. This is classified as a cold case but any information that can help these women rest in peace or be located would be helpful. Thank you.


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The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse, which was designed by David Alan Stevenson, was built back between 1895 and 1899, the construction was done by George Lawson of Rutherglen. There was a total cost of  £10,440. The first time it was lit was on December 7th, 1899.

The first time anyone suspected something was wrong was on December 15th of 1900. A steamer named Archtor, who was on passage from Philadelphia to Leith, passed by the islands while battling rough weather, and noted that the light was not operational. They reported this to Oban however, no action was taken at first. The light was was manned by three people (Thomas Marshall, James Ducat, and Donald MacArthur) and would have a rotating man as well, who was staying on the shore at the time. The relief vessel, the lighthouse tender Hesperus, was not able to set out on a the normal routine visit from Lewis, originally planned for 20th of December due to poor weather conditions. Therefore it did not arrive until noon on the 26th.

Upon their arrival, the crew and relief keeper found that the flagstaff was bare of its flag, none of the usual provision boxes had been left on the landing stage to be restocked, and even more unusual was that no one was there to welcome them ashore, which had always been done before. Jim Harvie, captain of the relief ship, gave a strident blast on his whistle and set off a distress flare to try to rose the keepers of their arrival but to no avail.

A small boat and Joseph Moore, the relief keeper, was dispatched to the shore alone. He discovered the entrance gate and main door both closed, the beds unmade, and the clock stopped (the actual time on the clock was not disclosed). Moore returned to the landing stage with the disturbing news, the was then joined by the second-mate and a seaman to conduct a further search. The search revealed that the lamps were cleaned and refilled. A set of oilskins was found, this suggested that one of the keepers had left without them, which was surprising because of the severity of the weather on the date of the last entry in the lighthouse log. The only other sign that anything was amiss in the lighthouse, besides the missing people, was an overturned chair by the kitchen table. Of the keepers there was no sign, neither inside the lighthouse itself nor anywhere on the island.

Moore as well as three additional volunteers, seamen, were left to attend the lighthouse and the Hesperus returned to the shore station at Breasclete. Captain Harvie sent a telegram, the communication of the day, to the Northern Lighthouse Board, dated 26th of December, 1900 stating:

A dreadful accident has happened at the Flannans. The three keepers, Ducat, Marshall and the Occasional have disappeared from the Island… The clocks were stopped and other signs indicated that the accident must have happened about a week ago. Poor fellows they must have been blown over the cliffs or drowned trying to secure a crane or something like that.

The men left on the island searched every corner for clues as to the fate of the keepers. At the far east landing everything was intact, however the west landing provided considerable evidence of damage caused by a possible recent storm. There was a damaged box and the contents strewn about the ground. There was also iron railings that were bent over, the iron railway by the path that had been wrenched out of its concrete, and a rock that weighed more than a ton that had been displaced above that. On a cliff that was more the 200 ft (60 metres) above the sea level, its turf had been ripped away as far away as 22 ft (10 metres), from the cliff edge. The missing keepers had kept their log until 9 A.M. on the 15th of December, their logs make it clear that the damage had occurred before their disappearance.

While there are no bodies were found it is said that the loneliness of the rocky islets might have lent itself to feverish imaginings which could have caused the men to do some strange things or even throw themselves into the sea. There are theories abounded and resulted in a fascinated national speculation. Some of the them were simple elaborations on the truth. Some observation of the states, “The kitchen utensils were all very clean, which is a sign that it must be after dinner some time they left.

Some less plausible rumours ensued after this such as that one keeper murdered the other and then threw himself into the sea as an act of remorse (which is likely not the case, simply because the keepers only had to work together for short amounts of times and none of them were reported as being psychotic or have those kinds of notable behaviors). Another was that a giant seabird or sea serpent had carried the men off again no evidence of this. Other stories include that they had been abducted by foreign spies; or that they had met their fate through the malevolent presence of a boat filled with ghosts—and the baleful influence of the “Phantom of the Seven Hunters” was widely suspected locally.

The Northern Lighthouse Board also investigated the incident as well to see if there was any other evidence of the men’s disappearance. On the 29th of December, Robert Muirhead, a Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) Superintendent, arrived to conduct an official investigation into the incident. Muirhead’s explanation was more prosaic than other more fanciful rumors. He examined the clothing left behind in the light house and made a suggestion that James Ducat and Thomas March had gone down to the western landing stage and that that Donald MacArthur had left the lighthouse during the heavy rain in his shirt sleeves. He also had noted that the whoever left the light last and unattended was actually breaking the NLB rules. He stated that some of the damages to the west landing was “difficult to believe unless actually see”.

Here is his quoted report:

From evidence which I was able to procure I was satisfied that the men had been on duty up till dinner time on Saturday the 15th of December, that they had gone down to secure a box in which the mooring ropes, landing ropes etc. were kept, and which was secured in a crevice in the rock about 110 ft (34 m) above sea level, and that an extra large sea had rushed up the face of the rock, had gone above them, and coming down with immense force, had swept them completely away.

It is not clear of this explanation to the disappearances was any kind of comfort to the families. The “deaths” of the three men has cast a shadow over the lighthouse service for many years.



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