new years 2008

Disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick

The disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick occurred on New Year’s Day 2008. At 10 pm on that day, 15-year-old Irish girl Amy Fitzpatrick said goodbye to friend Ashley Rose, with whom she had been babysitting Ashley’s brother at her friend’s house in Mijas Costa in Málaga, Spain. Fitzpatrick should have arrived at her home on the urbanization Riviera del Sol in Mijas Costa, near Fuengirola, at about 10:10 pm, as it was only a short walk away. She never arrived home and has not been heard from or seen since that night.

Initial search: Following her disappearance, a search involving hundreds of people were launched amidst speculation this was not an abduction. Fitzpatrick’s mother Audrey and her partner Dave Mahon continue to try to keep the campaign to find Fitzpatrick alive.

In August 2008, the home of Mahon and Fitzpatrick’s lawyer in Riviera del Sol was broken into and a laptop that was used in the search for Fitzpatrick was stolen. In addition, Amy Fitzpatrick’s Nokia mobile phone was stolen. The 32-year-old lawyer, Juan José de la Fuente Teixidó, said the burglars got into his property by forcing a locked garden gate. He said: “The stolen documents included confidential police reports about Fitzpatrick’s disappearance. I believe the burglary was related to Fitzpatrick’s disappearance. It makes no sense that they took documents which financially are worthless, and left behind all my expensive valuables like TVs, computers and music equipment.”

Ransom demand: In June 2009, Audrey Fitzpatrick received a telephone call from a man claiming he knew the location of Amy Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick described the caller as having an African accent asking her if she was Fitzpatrick’s mother. In an article published by expatriate newspaper Euro Weekly News Audrey said:

"He went on to say he knew where she was. She had been kidnapped and was in Madrid and the police were not to be involved. So I agreed, of course. He then said he’d ring me back with a name and address in two hours. Five hours later, after sitting with my phone in my hand and my heart in my mouth, I got a text to say, and I quote: ‘Can you pay us 500,000 euro. Yes or no send your answer now and will send you all the info you need.’ The phone number on this text is 672 564 687. I’ll also give you the number he rang me on, too: 672 564 687.”

Audrey Fitzpatrick commented that the Guardia Civil and her private investigators followed up on these numbers, but they are both pre-pay, and have never been registered.

The search continues: Audrey Fitzpatrick has taken on private investigators who have been working on Fitzpatrick’s case since 2008. They are the same detectives used in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. They are following up on names that they think might be significant, mainly two English people. In May 2012, it was reported that an infamous Irish gangland killer, Eric “Lucky” Wilson, murdered her. Her parents believe that this particular piece of information is credible; however, a body is yet to be found. Crucially, Amy was seen out with an older man on the night she disappeared who her family now believe was Wilson. Amy’s mother, Audrey, is to publish a book later this year about the disappearance of her daughter hoping that it will prompt people with any information to come forward.

A police report from May 2011 claims three witnesses have come forward alleging they saw Amy with a mystery blonde woman in the Trafalgar Bar in Calahonda’s El Zoco centre hours after her previous last reported sighting.

Amy’s brother was stabbed to death in Coolock, Dublin, in 2013 in an incident Dave Mahon, his mother’s partner. Investigations into this killing are ongoing by the Garda Síochána. On 6 May 2016, Dave Mahon was found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of his stepson, Dean Fitzpatrick. He has been since sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Bella's Lullaby (cover)
Carter Burwell

guys… put in another tape and it was 2008 New Years Eve with Tila Tequila and Paramore counted the ball down to drop, Good Charlotte played. It is magical.

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Imagine this, after Ray leaves Vav he tries moving on, knowing everyone else will be happier now he’s gone so he tries to be happier too but no matter how hard he tries he can’t forget the memories he had with Vav. While going through old photos of the two of them he comes across the photobooth strip from the 2008 New Years Bash they went to, it bringing back the good memories for him but also making him realise how much he’s lost. 🌹

In the room of everything I have lost
nobody is crying. There are boxes and boxes
of lipgloss, sunglasses and cellphones.

All my baby teeth are crushed into dust
on the floor. My virginity is around here somewhere
in a box marked “New Years Eve, 2008”

In the corner
Something hangs in the air like regret, or acceptance
or maybe some strange mix of both.

And of course in the room there is you.
I remember when you said you loved me.
Kissed me under a streetlight and said

“Of course I’ll never forget you. The rain in
your hair, how your mouth tastes like Marlboros
something about you burns in me. And all of it

sounded like a promise to save me.
I thought you could absolve me of my foolishness.
My nightmares. My glass skin. I thought you could

heal me. I could wash the plaster from your fists.

—  Clementine von Radics, In The Room Of Everything I Have Lost

Where is Yaser Said?

From the ages of 8 and 9, Amina and Sarah Said accused their father of both sexual and physical abuse. Their mother, Patricia, reported that she was not allowed to contact family members unless Yaser was present and listening to the phone calls. As young adults, the girls were forbidden from having boyfriends, but each had been secretly dating behind their father’s back. On Christmas Day 2007, Yaser Said discovered the girls’ relationships and began chasing them throughout the home with a gun in his hand, threatening to kill them both. That night, the girls, their mother, and their boyfriends fled to a relative’s home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After a few days into their new life in Oklahoma, Patricia Said shockingly insisted that the girls return to Texas under the guise that they may finish their schooling as well as visit their grandmother’s grave site for the anniversary of her death. Terrified of being close to their father, the girls resisted but ultimately saw that they had no option but to listen to their mother.

The women returned to Texas and met with Yaser, who had promised to change his ways, within a few days. Shortly after on New Years Day 2008, 911 operators received a call from a young girl screaming for help, explaining that her father had shot her and her sister. Hours later, Amina and Sarah Said were found shot dead in their father’s abandoned taxi cab.

Yaser Said has been missing since the day of the murders and remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. - 

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Sir Ian McKellen Is 76 Today - May 25, 2015

Born:  May 25, 1939

[ Sir Ian Murray McKellen’s work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. His notable film roles include Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and Magneto in the X-Men films.

McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honours.  He was made a Freeman of the City of London in October 2014.

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