Index of the Public Case, 3/2011

Posted on March 14, 2011 

            While writing about the mysterious disappearance of former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar, I’ve occasionally used the term “the public case.”  The term refers to how the case has been presented in the public and what the public reaction has been. 

            I am convinced that public interest has continued in this case, if not increased. The day after the episode of Disappeared on the disappearance of Mr. Gricar aired, this was the third most popular story at the CDT’s website:

            It didn’t bring anything particularly new; it was just the anniversary story.  Even the writer of the story, Sara Ganim, has moved on to another newspaper.  It was also a story that had been posted for the last 10 ½ months.  People are very interested in answering the question, “What happened to Ray Gricar?”

Today I want to give you an index of this, a review of public reaction.  I would encourage you to look at it with the chronological series on the investigation: 

In many cases, information was withheld, often with justification.  Sometimes, that justification is questionable.   I want you, however, to look at what has come out and public reaction to it.

The Public Case, Part One

The Public Case, Part Two

A look at how the withholding of some information in the first weeks of the investigation helped shape, positively, the public perception of Mr. Gricar’s disappearance.

The Media Coverage

A look at the amount of the media coverage.

Media Bias?

A look at claims of media bias in regard to theories in the Gricar case.

The “Cad” Factor

A look at the public reaction to supposition that Mr. Gricar disappearance was a voluntary departure.

Southfield Sighting Silence

Unexpected Reactions

A look at the lack of coverage on the Southfield Sighting and some reaction from another blog.

The Great Retreat, Part 1

The Great Retreat, Part 2

Some Myths of the Great Retreat

A look at the public responses over time from some of Mr. Gricar’s family and friends.  Since the series was published, The people mentioned Mr. Gricar’s daughter, Lara, his nephew, Tony, his girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, and his close friend, Steve Sloane, have all spoken publicly on the case.

I did a series on what I call the “unsung heros” of the Gricar investigation, those people not actively involved in the investigation but have helped keep the case in the public eye.

Unsung Heroes Part 1: The Staff of the Centre Daily Times


A look at the excellent job done covering the case by the CDT.


Unsung Heroes Part 2: Ted McKnight and Bob Buehner


These are two of Mr. Gricar’s colleagues that really stepped up to jump start the investigation.


Unsung Heroes Part 3: The Chattering Class


These are the people that ask questions and look at theories on message boards and blogs.  They have contributed to this case.

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