Blink On Crime Case Previews For Next Week: Bentley, Hoffman, George

Beth Bentley, missing since May 23, 2010 from Mt. Vernon

Beth and brother Ron

Matthew Hoffman, Homicidal Hobbit Sentenced To Life

Hoffmans Living Room

Chris George Missing since February 11, 2009 from Winter Garden, FL

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  1. Mom3.0 says:

    I did not realize today is the anniversary of Chris’s disappearance..My prayers for his family and friends.
    Thanks for the alert about upcoming case coverage Blink- much appreciated-

  2. sandyeggo says:

    wow, looking frwd to the new pieces.

  3. Eloise says:

    Well I must say the leaf pile is quite alarming. Has that guy been living right in it you must wonder?
    Can’t wait to hear more updates on Chris George’s case and am looking forward to hearing about Beth from IL, she has been missing for quite along time! Thank you and prayers to the families.

  4. lily says:

    Ugh – did you guys see all of the pictures of Hoffman’s house? He made a palet of leaves on the floor in the basement with blankets on top where he kept the 13 year old victim. Plus the bags of leaves tacked to the walls of an entire bathroom?

    Can’t wait to hear more on about Chris George/Tracey Ocasio cases…


  5. Angie says:

    I miss you Buddy!!!! You have so many people who care :o ) Thanks to all of them.

  6. Lilah says:

    I can’t help laughing a little at that leaf pile. WTF? Thanks for the preview, I’m looking forward to the follow-up on that case. Could it really be a one-time-only incident–case closed, like the last news reports I saw seemed to say? Hard to get my head around that, if true. Looking forward to your analysis.

  7. Ode says:

    Blink, I know you have been busy as of late, wow. I had followed some of Beth Bentley’s story when she first went missing. I will be interested in hearing what you have to say about her disapppearance. Homicidal Hoffman is freaky in its own way. Do you think he has bodies hidden that have yet to be found? I marvel how you are able to follow all these cases. Please take care and do not over tax yourself. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of the cases you have put so much work into would have some resolution. I know you have done nothing less than your best in that direction.

    Ty Ode, I appreciate the kind words, we are the sum of our parts.

    While it can be frustrating to wait some of our cases out, and keep in mind I am not permitted to write on some at this point, we have one case that has been tried successfully to penalty, and one in the process. I have learned that these cases are marathons, not sprints.

  8. Word Girl says:

    thanks for staying the course.
    I’m proud of your work and always optimistic that justice will
    prevail in honor of these victims of violence.


    I am proud to call you friend, thank you for your advocacy.

  9. Word Girl says:

    Blogger Gus Philpott questions Jenn Wyatt’s story–as did I on my first read. Too bad he doesn’t list his sources.

  10. So IL Searcher says:

    ~~~ Happy Birthday ~~ beloved Missing Beth Bentley where ever you are…. We will NOT give up! ♥

  11. JustJill says:

    I’m so very grateful that you are doing a piece on Beth Bentley!!! Thank you so very much!! Today is Beth’s birthday – her children and family need to know what has happened to her more than ever!!

  12. Ode says:

    Today is Beth Bentley’s birthday.

    It is her 42nd Birthday, yes.

  13. Word Girl says:

    Thank you, dear Blink, for that compliment.

    All of us here grow in knowledge and compassion through your
    leading and our work together at this site. We are more together
    than just the sum of our parts.

    As advocates–from the Old French “advocate, from advocāre to call as witness, from vocāre to call,” I know that I am *called* to care deeply for these victims of violence.

    I cannot close my ears and pretend I have not heard their cries.

  14. GraceintheHills says:

    11.Word Girl says:
    February 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    Word Girl, what a beautiful post!

    Blink, arghhh! That photo of Hoffman’s living room leaves me speechless. Suffice to say, I have seen a lot of bizarre stuff, but nothing like this. WTH?

    I am very much looking forward to reading your new articles.

  15. PamVA says:

    I’ve become addicted to watching the Investigation Discovery channel. I’ve learned it’s the rule rather than the exception for disappearance and murder cases to be solved quickly. It seems, in most cases, it takes 2 or more years. And most all the cases they have that one detective who is tenacious and gets the job done in the end.

  16. Friend II says:

    OMG, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw you were going to cover Beth’s case!!!! Thank God for Blink and Blinksters!

    Along with others, I have written every reporter, the Illinois State Attorney General, etc. to try and get some “fresh” investigative eyes to look at Beth’s case. So I am thrilled by this news.

    I have been following her case since she disappeared (I do not know her or her family/friends). As someone said, there are more twists and turns (and inconsistencies)to Beth’s case than a tornado. Allegedly, there is no shortage of pp. with motives to harm Beth.

    Also, some of her family and some of her “friends” and neighbors do not appreciate any objective analysis of the circumstances of her disappearance. Watch out all, there are more than a handful of people that will post only to misdirect, bait, and use “mistruths” to further their agenda. It has consistently happened on every site that has discussed Beth’s case in this past.


    I would like to be as clear as a bell to any and all readers and contributors who wish to weigh in on Beth’s case when we post it.

    Without a single exception, there will not be so much as a “virtual eyeroll” in tone to the commentary supporting Beth’s case or it will not appear here.


  17. 5emerald29 says:

    Just checking in to see if you read my last post…..Just wanted to make sure you got it. I hope you don’t think I was trying to be snarky, because that was not the case whatsoever. I have not said anything to anyone else, and I am not sure if I should. I have never been in a situation like this before. If you can let me know you got it, I would appreciate it!
    Thank you!

    I did, thank you.

  18. Word Girl says:

    Yep, “Friend II,” please believe Blink when she says she will not allow anyone to bad-mouth the victims on this website.

    She has an army of informed, intelligent, compassionate advocates standing behind her with a steady gaze on the scales of justice.
    And we do *not* Blink.

  19. Word Girl says:

    Grace in the Hills, thank you for your commend.
    I follow your posts closely. Your clinical experience is very helpful
    because you put words to what I may know intuitively–you make sense to me and give me words to describe what I think I know or feel.
    And that’s not very common. The making sense.

    Thank you.

  20. It will be very nice to have fresh eyes looking at Beth Bentley’s case. She has three sons, a father, her husband three brothers and numbers people that just want her found. Birthdays, holidays have passed with no word. Everyone is eagerly waiting for answers. a secret life that really wasn’t so secret to her closest friends. There are so many twists and turns that it will make your head spin. This has pitted friend against friend family against family whenever the only goal everyone should have is to find Beth. The only question should be is how do we work together to find Beth? And where do we start? Where can we look to get answers? How do we even begin to conduct a search? And why? What do you say to her eleven year old son who’s birthday was celebrated without his mother? This isn’t a Pissing match but a missing woman that everyone is fighting o er instead of getting to business and pooling resources and get busy trying to find her and to give her children and family answers. It should just be Let’s find Beth nothing else. Thank You and good luck. I will read each idea and try to remain open minded and unbiased may e, hopefully you can find the answers that everyone needs to know. What happened to Beth?

    I know what one does not say to an 11 year old whose Mother is missing, and that is that she left him.

    She did not.

    Will have lots more to say when we publish.

    We continue to finalize our work on her coverage through this afternoon.

  21. GraceintheHills says:

    Thank you, Word Girl. Today was a tough day for me, and reading your words made me feel a little better.

    I have been trying to research Beth’s disappearance and haven’t been able to find much. I so hope you can shed some light on her case, Blink, and uncover some answers. Prayers are being sent for her son and her family. I hope they can all pull together, stay strong…and all stay focused on one task: bringing Beth home.

    I can hardly believe it has been two years since Chris disappeared. I am holding his sweet mom so close in my thoughts, and praying for both of them. We need to find him.

    Prayers also for the families of Ms. Hermann, her son, Kody, and her friend, Ms. Sprang….and Ms. Hermann’s surviving daughter, Sarah.

    Grace you kind soul you-

    My thanks and appreciation for your advocacy.

    Beth Bentley, aside from having a wicked cool name, was a flawed but loved woman. It is my team’s opinion that she has met with foul play, and until now, a complete lack of priority from LE.

    O Chris George has a place in our hearts I am not sure I could explain. He was a kind soul, he was trying, and he was murdered for it. Developments in Chris’s case will make it very difficult for those who have spent the last 2 years thinking they would get away with it. His Mom, his family, and those that love him, are likely to be ultimately responsible for finding him

    Matthew Hoffman did not wake up from his leaf-laden slumber party of one and decide to butcher a family, their dog, family friend, and then abduct and rape a child.
    This was no “burglary gone wrong”.

    Here’s the thing- ignoring this breeds the next Matt J Hoffman, and I for one, am not having it.

  22. lizzy says:

    Blink: “Beth Bentley, aside from having a wicked cool name, was a flawed but loved woman. It is my team’s opinion that she has met with foul play, and until now, a complete lack of priority from LE.

    O Chris George has a place in our hearts I am not sure I could explain. He was a kind soul, he was trying, and he was murdered for it.”

    If the law is only designed to protect those without flaw, we’re in trouble. On the other hand, there is much to be learned in seeing how our flaws can put ourselves and others in the path of undeserved harm.

    Raise our vigilance against true evil. Looking forward to your new articles.

    You are exactly right, thank you lizzy.

  23. kp-in says:

    Will you be posting new articles or did I misunderstand the headline?

    I am curious to read more on the Bentley case. I live within three hours of Mt. Vernon and this is the first time I have heard about her being missing.

    In editing, Monday or Tuesday am at the latest.

  24. Friend II says:

    Thank you Blink for already saying what needs to be said even before your article comes out about Beth. It has been the most frustrating case I’ve ever followed and I, again, can’t tell you and your team too many times how much I appreciate you taking it on.

    Why oh why do some close to Beth still try to convince others that she ran away AND that Woodstock Police have conducted a thorough (now it’s not even an active)investigation?!?!!!!

  25. GriffyMom says:

    I look forward to reading the Blink research in the Beth Bentley case. I have followed her story on a number of different websites and so much of the information is contradicted from one site to another. Once Blink gets her hands on this I feel like there will be some definitive information out there.

  26. 5emerald29 says:

    Just checking in to see if you had a time frame on when you plan to post about the Beth Bentley case!

    With any luck, end of week, had some new data to run down.

  27. JustJill says:

    Any update on the date for publication of your opinions on the Beth Bentley case?? Thanks so much!

    I appreciate everyone’s patience, we hope to publish next week

  28. KevinMc says:

    Been over a month….any closer to the Beth Bentley publish date?

    We have a heavy caseload, all of which were heading to, or at trial, but I am hopeful that we cover Beth’s case around the anniversary of her disappearance.

  29. lizzy says:

    I’m sadly using part of my vacation this week to get a long overdue report out the door. Any chance you’re going to be able to squeeze Beth’s article out soon?

    This week, no. I will say that is based on some information I passed on we are awaiting feedback on.

    I have not forgotten about her, sometimes these are timing thing as I know you know.

    I am working on a cold case for next week, and I know you are ready to see anything but the C-word, lol.

  30. JustJill says:

    Dear Blink,

    I know you have been overwhelmed with cases to cover, but I really hope at sometime in the near future, you will shine the light on Beth Bentley’s case! It’s been a year in May since she disappeared. My heart aches for her boys, her brothers, her elderly father! I hope soon you can take a look at her case with all your wonderful Blinksters here, but I do understand priorities and your tremendous workload too. Just wanted to put in a word for Beth! Thanks for ALL that you do!

  31. JustJill says:

    Blink – Do you see any time in the future that you might go back and shine a light on Beth Bentley’s case? Thank you!

    I hope to, my backlog of cold cases is staggering.

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