The Disappearance of the Jamison Family Pt. 2

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Hello everybody, I’m Kaitlyn Mahle, and welcome to my TED Talk. Last week we began the case of the Jamison family, a small family of three that strangely disappeared and died in the mountains of Oklahoma. If you want to read the last article, I highly suggest you do so. I’ll leave the link right here:

For those of you who have already read the first part, let’s begin once again.

Police saw on a security camera that as the family packed for their move, sometimes they would stop and stare at nothing. Sheriff Beauchamp states that in the case of the Jamison family, eliminating scenarios is not an option, as there is so little evidence. He says, “everything seems possible.”

With that, let’s move onto the theories.

Theory 1, Got Lost and Caught Hypothermia

This pretty much speaks for itself. The family could have gotten lost, walked away from the car, and died from hypothermia and exposure. There was heavy rain in the location of the Jamisons, but not rain strong enough to cause their deaths. I don’t believe this due to many reasons. 1) why would they leave all their belongings in the car, 2) how did they only manage to get 2.7 miles away from their car and then die, 3) as stated, the rain wasn’t cold enough to kill them. This theory is bogus.

Theory 2, A Suicide-Murder 

The case brought up and eleven page long letter found in the truck. The letter was deemed a “hate letter”, and it was from Sherilyn to Bobby. She accused him of being a hermit. Another letter was also found, mentioning death. Sheriff Beauchamp described them as a, “family obsessed with death.” Sherilyn’s mother believed that the family was killed, as she claimed that Bobby and Sherilyn were good parents.

Theory 3, Family Was Murdered by Bobby’s Father

Six months before the family disappeared, Bobby filed a protective order against his father, Bob Dean Jamison, as he allegedly threatened to kill Bobby and his family on two separate occasions. Once in November of 2008, and in April of 2009. Bobby claims that Bob had hit him with his car on November 1st of 2008, and claimed that Bob was a “very dangerous man..he thinks he’s above the law..prostitutes, gangs, and meth.” Bobby states, “my entire family is severely scared for their lives..I am in fear at all times.” During his testimony in the case, the judge dismissed the protective order on May 18th of 2009. Bobby was also suing his father because sometimes, Bobby worked at Bob’s gas station for free, and though half the sales were promised to Bobby, they were never paid. However, Sheriff Beauchamp stated that Sherilyn and Bobby were “scammers”, because they had sued three others in 2005 due to a car accident. Bobby’s brother and uncle claim the though Bob Dean was “disturbed at the time,” they were almost certain that he was not involved in the family’s disappearance. Bob died in December of 2009, and Jack Jamison, Bobby’s brother, and their mother, still believe that foul play has a part in the family’s death/disappearance.

Theory 4, The Jamison Family was Killed By A Cult

There it is, that word that I absolutely despise. Cults scare the ever living Jesus out of me, but despite that let’s explain this bizarre theory. Sherliyn’s mother believes that the family was killed by a religious cult in south eastern Oklahoma. According to the mother, Connie Kokotan, the cult had a hit list that Sherilyn was on. After the show “Disappeared” featured a Jamison family special, a close friend of Sherilyn named Niki Shenold, said she received a phone call from an unknown woman. The woman told Shenold that she was once in a “white supremacy” group who had a book of people who gave them trouble. The woman claimed that if she could remember one of the names, she would look them up on the internet. This lead to her discovering “multiple missing persons cases, including Sherilyn and Bobby Jamison.” Shenold claims that she wasn’t sure what to make of the caller.

A 1993 article from Oklahoma stated that the state had experience few cults. However, a U.S Marshall named James Webb added that, “there hasn’t been any activity in a couple of years.” It was also suggested that the Jamisons were involve in witchcraft. A “witch bible” was reportedly found in the Jamison home. Though, Shenold claims that the couple bought the witch bible as a joke. However, the Jamison family’s pastor claimed that Bobby confessed to reading a “satanic bible.” Mysterious graffiti was found on the large storage container on the Jamison’s property. One line read, “three cats killed today by people in this area.. witches don’t like their black cat killed.”

Kokotan also reported that Sherilyn was behaving strangely, claiming that “she became very illogical. One day she drove me tot Oklahoma City and dropped me off on the street. She told me to, ‘get.. out of my car,’ so I did.” There was also the video evidence the day before the Jamison’s moved, showing the Jamisons in a “trance like state.” They also reportedly had two to four hosts in their home. Father Gary Brandon, the pastor of Eufaula, told investigators that Bobby had once called him asking about “special bullets” that could be used to shoot spirits.

Theory 5, Drugs

A lot of ’em. All of this odd behavior could be the effect of the Jamison parents on drugs. There were rumors that they were involved in a drug deal that had obviously gone south. In May of 2010, Kokotan didn’t suspect drugs, and said the couple “had been in financial straits.” However, the $32,000 in cash could have ad something to do with a drug deal, as it makes no sense why the family had that money, “let alone in the car they disappeared from.” Police initially suspected drugs, but Sheriff Beauchamp stated that there was no evidence baking up this theory. Yet, he also said that the possibility that drugs were somehow involved could not yet be ruled out. He also said that there were no suspects in the case.

Sadly enough, we still do not know the full story of the Jamison’s demise, and remains a mystery. That’s all for this week folks. I’m Kaitlyn Krakowski, and thank you for coming to my TED Talk.

 

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