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mhond from Philippines
July 1, 2009 6:45 am
I hope i could do that too...

David Lyons from denver Co
June 9, 2009 6:34 pm
Hi not sure were to start... First of all I AM VERY SORRY ABOUT YOUR DAD.. see i lost mine when i was 18 years old.. I never even had a beer with him..... reading your writings makes me feel really bad... I wish we would chat more about you dad and mine........... Please email me back... i am now 45 so many years past but u still think about him so often... again Please write back....... Please


Elayne Tobin from New York University
May 4, 2009 11:58 am
Are you still working on your book? I am an NYU professor, totally fascinated by your father's story. Please contact me if you can.

Whitney from Canada
January 14, 2009 12:12 pm
Good morning. The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.
I am from Canada and too bad know English, please tell me whether I wrote the following sentence: "Groundbreaking media firms and brand managers are now thinking not merely in terms of presenting."

Thank :o Whitney.

Anthony from San Antonio
December 4, 2008 3:54 pm
I remember reading your dad's Ryun book; for a Kansas schoolboy like me, it was must-read material, and a great read it was. So what's the status of your book project? From what I've seen here, your writing well-justifies publication of the book--fascinating subject, if a painful one.

Dot from New Jersey
November 17, 2008 9:53 am
For some reason I am drawn to your father's story. And I guess, it is your story, too.

It's been 4 years since I first stumbled upon your father's case. Every now and then I come here looking and hoping for updates.

I hope you find the answers your are looking for. And I pray that your father, wherever he is, is safe and at peace.

Katie Chynoweth from Ann Arbor, MI
March 14, 2008 1:02 pm
I'm glad to have stumbled upon your website, you're a fine writer. Keep up the good work and I hope you find the insight you are looking for, your father's story is very intriguing.

emam from London, UK
November 22, 2007 3:37 am
I came across this site through The Charley Project. I hope you find out what happened to John. His case drew me in for some reason.

Barbara Holtzman from Indio, CA
February 4, 2007 1:16 pm
Dear Eric,

I'm an old co-worker and friend of your mother's. My name was Barbara Duguay-DeTeriis. It's now Barbara Holtzman. I remember both you and Cathy as young children. Have not spoken to your mother in near thirty years and was thinking of her last night (as I occasionally do), and your father. Had never met your dad, but knew of him and his disappearance. For some unapparent reason I decided today to "google" John Lake and came across the first chapter of your book. Mesmerizing. Did you complete it? I would love to read it if you have. Where can I find it.

Worked with your mother for approximately five years (she was a trip) and have many memories of her. How is she? Did she stay in Maine, or is she back in New Jersey? And how is your sister? You were both attractive and precocious kids, who were the light of your mother's life. I have two grown children of my own, a son 30, and a daughter 26. How many children do you have?

Hope to hear from you, and wish you all the best, in life, and in your search for answers.


Barbara Holtzman

William Brighton from Sarasota, FL
December 4, 2006 11:57 am
What exactly is going on now? Has anyone picked up the case? Is the investigation over? Let us know please.

Jo Layne from Texas
October 31, 2006 9:54 am
I wrote to you a while back thru the Doenetwork. Did you ever check out that unidentified guy I told you about in Brown County, Indiana? The homeless man that was taken and murdered and set afire in Clarence's home for insurance money? This happened in 1970. In 1980, due to another fire, they we're able to prove that the owner of the home of the first fire, was NOT the guy that died that night. He did, though, die in the second fire. They've never learned the identity of the man in the first fire. He was burnt beyond recognition, except for 1 tooth (after Clarence knocked the others out) found stuck in his body and a piece of flannel fabric stuck to his back that did not burn as he was lying on his back. This man drank alcohol, and the day he died, he had earlier collapsed for unknown reasons outside a liqour store. That's when Clarence Roberts came by, told the folks he knew the man and would take him to the hospital, but instead took him back to his house and murdered him. The pathologist that handled the case is John Pless. Email address is
He can give you the name of the Detective that investigated the case. I talked to him myself a few years ago, but lasttime I emailed him, no reply. Don't know if he's still alive, but he did say he had ALL the files on the case in his basement. Maybe he or someone still has them. The unidentified man looked somewhat like Clarence. I've seen Clarence's photo and there is a resemblance. The last I spoke to Mr. Pless, he still had "bone fragments." Can we get some DNA off of those? Not sure where the tooth is, but Mr. Pless might know. Either way, I do pray and believe that one day you will find out what has become of your father.

Randy from Orlando
October 18, 2006 2:41 pm
Great site -- the story is inspiring.

Laurie from Paione
October 3, 2006 12:06 pm

How absolutely amazing to read. I recall in college that your father had disappeared under "mysterious" circumstances. I hope this is the thing that helps the healing of the "child" within. However, as you write, it is within us to change the world as we knew it for our own children. I hear the same thing from our two children when they ask about my mother as I lost her at the same age as you did your father.

I send you my best regards and will continue to read on...

Laurie (Voisine) Paione...the now "southern" girl!