Two Brothers Go Missing in Outdoor Excursions
Guy Waterman was a man of many occupational accomplishments. An excellent Jazz Pianist, a political speechwriter for US Presidents, an author, an expert rock climber. He and his wife Laura were strict conservationists who lived in a log cabin for decades with no running water, phone service or electricity in East Corinth, Vermont. On February 6th, 2000, the 67 year old
Waterman gave his wife a note and went for one final hike.
An experienced White Mountains Winter Hiker, he once again summited one of his favorite hiking spots, the 5,249 foot peak of Mount Lafayette, on Fraconia Ridge in New Hampshire. There. Waterman stayed in sub-zero temperatures with winds approaching hurricane strength. In bitter cold and high winds, he froze to death in a planned suicide.
There were several thoughts as to why Waterman took his life. But many agree that it was the death/disappearances of his two older sons, that haunted him. His oldest son William had gone to Alaska to go to college and explore the outdoors. Hampered by an accident that would eventually force him to have a lower amputation of a leg, he last made contact with his father in a letter in 1973 shortly after he graduated college from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. In the letter, William (Bill) told his father he was going on a lengthy trip and would make contact once he returned. One rumor had it that William was going up to Northern Alaska to spend time with an Inuit Tribe there. No one has ever heard from him since. It is also possible that he fell to foul play, an accident or just chose to leave everyone the twenty one year old knew behind for a new life.
It was the disappearance of his middle son, Johnny that had a huge impact on the elder Waterman. Johnny, was a legendary climber known for his routes on Mt. Mckinley (Denali) and a 145 day solo ascent of Mount Hunter. Johnny was a revered mountaineer who had an intensity and desire that some say may have bordered on insanity. He had lost eight climbing partners and friends to fatal mishaps in the mountains. In March of 1981, Johnny set off a near impossible and more challenging route of McKinley. He left a note in a shelter with some of his equipment. He was last known to be by Ruth’s Glacier but he nor his remains have ever been found. Not quite thirty years old, His disappearance was ruled a suicide. Decades later, the exploits and disappearance of Johnny Waterman remains international Mountaineering lore.
Two missing sons, it seems that for all that went through Guy Waterman’s mind before he died, it was the loss of those two that he took with him in disturbing fashion.
Rhode Island Mob Still Has Some Buried Secrets
Aside from the Patriarca family ruled by Raymond Sr. for decades, there were many other non-Italian mobsters that were well known to Law Enforcement in the Ocean State and beyond. The Ouimette Brothers, the Tillinghast brothers, Kevin Hanrahan and Richard Gomes were some of the other feared mobsters but of different ethnic backgrounds. Most of these men are either deceased or behind bars. However, there are several organized crime figures that are still missing because someone wanted them taken out.
Thirty three year old Gregory Georgiantes of East Providence and thirty year old Albert Vigneau of Warwick, vanished in October of 1980. Law Enforcement believes the men were killed to serve as a warning to Ken Knowles. Knowles owned a precious metals business and the killings were supposedly due to his infringing on the business of at least one mob-related competitor. They were reported missing the day before halloween when they did not return from a scheduled $5,000 metals purchase in the town of Johnston. The next day, Vigneau’s car was found parked in the lot of a bowling alley near T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. the car had its doors unlocked and windows wide open. Police estimated at least $5,000 in gold and silverware were scattered about on the back seat of the car. It has not been stated if the two were involved with illegal activities or were just innocent victims of mobsters.
Knowles wasn’t the only precious metals dealer that had problems with the mob. William E. Tella of Johnston, was a gold and jewelry dealer. He also had a criminal record for offenses such as receiving stolen goods, stealing precious metals and federal income tax evasion. He was last seen by his wife on April 8, 1980, as he watched television in his house. He vanished the next day and his car was found five months later at Logan Airport in Boston. It is possible that he was killed but he could have voluntarily disappeared. Who could blame him? Apparently a month before he was last seen, he told police someone had strapped a bomb to the underside of his van.
Years earlier in 1975, a convicted loan shark named Richard Taglianetti of Johnston vanished sometime during the month May in 1975. He wasn’t the only family member to run afoul of organized crime, in February of 1970, his uncle Louis “The Fox” Taglianetti, and his girlfriend, Betty McKenna were shot to death outside an apartment building in Cranston.
Twenty three year old Rocco A. “Rocky” DeCiantis Jr. of Providence vanished in October, 1978 while awaiting trial on charges for robbery. The Providence Journal reported that he may have been eliminated for talking too much about certain criminal activities.
On October 3rd of 1977, twenty-eight year old Ronald R. Leone, of Johnston and seventeen year old Rudy Baronet, of Cranston were shot to death in an apartment at 69 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Providence. Though a man was convicted of the crime, the two victims who were allegedly put in sleeping bags have never been located. For the younger Baronet, who was not an intended target, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Is There A Connection Between the Disappearances and Deaths of these Women in New Haven?
Evelyn Frisco was forty two years old, when she was last seen in New Haven, Conecticut of June 2004. The New Haven resident had not had an easy life, she battled substance abuse issues, served prison time for criminal offenses and was at times a prostitute. Law Enforcement and members of her family believe she is dead and probably a victim of foul play. According to her family, Frisco had given information to the New Haven Police that led to an arrest of a drug dealer. The family believes that someone could have paid Frisco back. One of Frisco’s friends was a woman named Lisa Calvo. Calvo was also a prostitute who battled substance abuse issues. She was last seen in October of 2005. New Haven Police have released a statement indicating if the two disappearances were connected. At the time of her last sighting, Frisco had blue eyes, blonde hair, weighed 125 pounds and was 5 foot 2. She has a tattoo of a butterfly or a rose on her shoulder, a scar on her leg and she wore upper dentures.
Calvo was 4 foot 11 and weighed 110 pounds. She had brown hair and eyes and had tattoos on her right leg and thigh. Calvo was forty years old at the time of her last sighting.
Another case of a woman with substance abuse issues was that of Cassandra Mead of East Haven. She was found strangled to death in late August of 2011 at Union and Water Street. What is unusual is that the area is a block away from the New Haven Police Department. The 21 year old had a criminal past and had suffered from Bi-Polar disorder. The murder was particularly brazen because it is near the downtown and so close to a police presence.
If you have any information about any of these cases please call 203-946-6316.
More than A Decade Later, Hartford Woman Still Remains Missing
Sandra Santiago was a twenty-nine year old mother of four who was last seen at the El Comeriano Cafe on Walnut Street in Hartford, Connecticut on the evening of September 27, 1998. She was described as white/hispanic with brown hair and eyes. She was five foot four and weighed 100 pounds. She had needles tracks on both arms and most likely had drug addiction issues. Police believe that she is probably the victim of foul play. One of her daughters was ten years old, when Sandra disappeared. She is now past her mid-twenties. If you know what happened to Sandra Santiago please contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-527-6300. You can remain anonymous.