Here are more of my thoughts on the Kathleen McBroom missing person case.
Ms. McBroom has not been seen since October 27, 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska. Four days later, her truck was discovered abandoned by family members on a highway south of Anchorage. The vehicle contained her cell phone and other personal items.
In the previous post, I talked about Ms. McBroom's journal writings that appear to reveal a very stressful time at home (a teen daughter returning from a Utah rehabilitation center and forgoing some of her favorite foods in favor of dieting) as well as at work (problems with her supervisor, feeling overworked, and concerns about her professional future).
Note: I selected items from Kathleen’s blog that seem to fit within a plausible theory of her disappearance (accidental fall, left her present life to start over somewhere else, crime victim, etc.).
The case remains open, and my posts should not be considered conclusive proof of anything, but rather highlights of her writings.
And now more from the journal:
A) She enjoyed Alaska, but the limited federal career opportunities (for her to find another equivalent position) in the state added to her stress level.
For instance, in April of 2008, when asked where she would like to retire, Ms. McBroom responded that she never wanted to leave Alaska. She said that she moved to Anchorage 20 years ago and “fell in love with it instantly.”B) She had written at least two blog posts about abuses that she had suffered in her teen years (I don't see a need to provide the direct links from her journal).
Four months later, she reiterates her refusal to move from Alaska, and adds that she would outlast her current boss. She had 21 years in at the federal level and did not want to surrender that by leaving her position.
C) She was attached to and seemed to crave the attention of friends that she had met through blogging.
D) In the months prior to her disappearance, back problems caused by a fall down a flight of stairs were affecting her physically and mentally.
--Despite wanting to attend, she stated that back pain kept her from her grandmother’s funeral.E) In previous posts, she provides some insight into life and death.
--In at least two posts, she describes “zooming” and “being wasted” on her pain medications.
--Though she describes herself as an insomniac who needed little sleep, she admitted that her pain medications were making her drowsy. In this post, she discusses how her husband found her asleep in her truck which was parked in the driveway. Ms. McBroom wrote that she had intended to go mail some letters in the early evening, but obviously did not make it.
--She discusses death, and how you should not wait to tell your loved ones how you feel.I am going to stop here with this post. I apologize for not getting into some of the case issues raised by readers in the comments section, but hope to address that next time.
--In a series of personal questions and answers, she states:
“(If you were to die tomorrow…Would you tell anyone you were going to die?) probably not.”
--In another response she writes:
“(Where do you see yourself in 5 years)…not here. but wherever i am, i hope i will strive to be find the joy in the moments and those in my life.”
--Finally, when asked about suicide she offers this two-word response:
Previous posts in this series can be accessed by clicking "Kathleen McBroom" on the left margin of the home page or a list of historical posts is here.