Disappeared: Mitchel Weiser and Bonita Bickwit, missing 40 years today. [includes video]


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On July 27, 1973, forty years ago today, Mitchel Weiser, age 16, and his girlfriend Bonita “Bonnie” Bickwit, age 15, both from Brooklyn, disappeared somewhere between Narrowsburg and Watkins Glen, New York. Their disappearance on the way back from–or, more likely, the way to–

has been the subject of speculation, reflection and confusion for nearly half a century. It is one of the most puzzling and most iconic missing persons cases of its era, but at its heart are two families who still, 40 years later, feel the loss of their children and siblings who went off to a rock concert one summer Friday morning–and never returned.

To say I am particularly interested in this case is something of an understatement. I am virtually obsessed with it. I can think of only one missing persons case (Pringle, whom I haven’t yet blogged about) where I’ve read and researched more. For…

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