LA PLAQUEMINES PARISH JOHN DOE: WM, 16-17, found suicide by hanging himself from a persimmon tree in Belle Chasse, LA - 14 Feb 1975

Plaquemines Parish John Doe (1975)

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On February 14, 1975, a teenage body was found dead in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. He committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet from a persimmon tree. He was about 16 or 17 years old and wore yellow and maroon shirt, blue pants, mismatched socks and no shoes. Leaning against the tree was a jar filled with papers.

The papers turned out to be a lengthy suicide note. It was addressed to "Mom and Dad". He wrote in part: "When you stop growing you are dead. I stopped growing long ago. I never did develop into a real person and I cannot tolerate the false and empty existence I have created".

In his note to officers who found his body, he said: "You are bound to preserve domestic peace and order. If you pursue who I was (and spend hundreds of dollars) you will accomplish little. There are no legal consequences of my death or any kind of entanglements. All that can happen is that you will shatter the domestic peace and order of two innocent lives. Do not deprive them of the hope that their 'missing' son will return . . .Let me be, let it be as if I wasn't ever here. Simply cremate me as John Doe."

Among other things, he stated: "It is best if I cease to live, quietly, than risk that later I will break and shatter by violence or linger years under care. I implore you to see a psychiatrist in order that you might understand my death and my life. Ask thoroughly about what I was and you will see that it is not tragic that I am gone, but more natural than if I continued."

The young man included a section of the note entitled "Why you should not feel responsible" in a which he explained "I was born with a definite pervasive melancholy . . .what frustrated me most in the last year was that I had built no ties to family or friends. There was nothing of lasting worth and value. I led a detached existence and I was a parody of a person - literally and figuratively. I didn't tell jokes - I was a joke".

The note even cited the works of Emile Durkheim, the famous philosopher and psychologist. According to the by, Durkheim defined suicide as "an inner direction of homicidal feelings against someone else."

The note concludes with "I am no longer interested in the world and know that it is not interested in me. When you stop growing you are dead. I stopped growing a long time ago." On separate paper, he told his parents "You have provided me with excellent advantages and privileges and experiences. I am extremely grateful for all of your sacrifices, time and support. I am now repaying you with an arrogant act. In this light, I do see it as criminal. I can only hope that you see that it was me who caused it."

Unfortunately all records to his case have been lost in the 90s due to Hurricane. There is a theory that the John Doe is that of Baynard Cousins who went missing on February 1, 1975

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ariel

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this is a weird thought, but is this case also an ethical dilemma to you all? it keeps me up sometimes. while everyone needs a name, his last wish was to go without one. looking for his name almost feels wrong to me but not looking for his name also feels wrong. very off-topic but just a thought. let me know if theres anything i can do for this!
 
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Guess Who

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Then in these two interesting articles we talk about a missing boy, Charlie (Charles) Wallace; it appears to have disappeared from the TN, Memphis, but it is not in any database list of the missing. But the most interesting thing of all are the body dental impressions which seem to be compatible with this UID! But his mother did not recognize him later...!
which leads me to wonder how many "identified" have been identified wrongly or not identified due to wrong info.
 

Mel70

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this is a weird thought, but is this case also an ethical dilemma do you all? it keeps me up sometimes. while everyone needs a name, his last wish was to go without one. looking for his name almost feels wrong to me but not looking for his name also feels wrong. very off-topic but just a thought. let me know if theres anything i can do for this!
Well, I never thought about that. But I think he deserves to be identified, His family deserves to know.
 

ariel

ariel
Well, I never thought about that. But I think he deserves to be identified, His family deserves to know.
yeah, i suppose you're right. the leads as to who he is seem very promising! as much as he probably doesn't want a name, he obviously lived a rough life. he deserves the dignity.
 

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3832UMLA - Unidentified Male

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Reconstruction of Victim

Date of Discovery: February 14, 1975
Location of Discovery: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
Estimated Date of Death: 1975
State of Remains: Recognizable face.
Cause of Death: Unknown

Physical Description

Estimated Age: 16-18 years old
Race: White / Caucasian
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10"-6'0" Estimated
Weight: 150-160 lbs, Estimated
Hair Color: Brown, short
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Slightly protruding front teeth

Identifiers

Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Not available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Maroon & yellow long-sleeved 'Puritan' shirt; Blue 'Arrow' pants with a brown belt; one grey & one dark blue socks.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

This Unidentified white male was located off Highway 23, on a farm road that is in between Highway 23 and the Mississippi River, near Alliance, in Plaquemines Parish. There are no surviving reports/records from either the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office or Coroner's Office.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: LSU FACES Laboratory
Agency Contact Person: Unknown
Agency Phone Number: 225-578-4761
Agency E-Mail:faces@lsu.edu
Agency Case Number: LSU 22-05 / 117-15-979

Agency Name: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Unknown
Agency Phone Number: 504-564-2525
Agency E-Mail: Unknown
Agency Case Number:Unknown

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: UP88342

Information Source(s)

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