The Vanishing of Katharina Linden
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This article is relevant because it explains the mind of a killer, how they act and appear to the public eye. The killers seem like average day people but when their habits are studied it is evident that something is not right. Herr Schiller seemed like an average day person whose daughter had been killed, but by killing his daughter and blaming someone else it made him less likely to be a suspect.

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This article is related to the novel by bullying. Bullying has both a physical and physiologic effect on children. The article takes both pros and cons of bullying.

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Pair arrested after home break-in

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Amy Dusselier's insight:

This article is relevant to the book because it describe what happens to people who break into house. It shows what could happen to Pia and Stefan, since Herr Duster caught them.

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Angie Leek's comment, February 10, 2014 1:04 AM
This is a great article that tells of the repercussions of breaking into someones house. Pia and Stephan decide to " break into Herr Duster's house while he's out" just so they can see if they can find evidence that links him to the kidnappings of the girls (Grant 253). Them being children they don't really consider the law side of things when choosing to do something. Going through with this plan could result in them being arrested " under suspicion of a breaking and entering" (The Daily Herald). Even if they did go in and find evidence they would probably still get in trouble for tampering with evidence and interfering in an investigation.
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As we see Pia's parents going through a divorce, we can already see the early signs of psychological effects on Pia. Her parent's separation has the potential to negatively affect her future relationships, esecially her relationship with her parents in the future. It is possible for her anger towards her parents to overcome her love.

 

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Ashley Husong's comment, February 3, 2014 11:45 AM
Pia's family is starting to fall apart because her mom wants to move to England and her dad refuses to go with them, so they are getting a divorce. Pia screamed at her mom "' I hate you, I hate you, I hate you'" (Grant 196). This is the start to Pia's anger toward being ripped away from the place she calls home. “I suddenly had the feeling that the family was splitting into two halves" (Grant 195). Pia is not taking this well and will suffer from her parents not being together. “However, conflict, residential stability, and time with nonresidential parent statistically improved the predictive ability of attachment anxiety among those whose parents had divorced" (Washington). Pia is more likely to become anxious and have problems with her future relationships because of her parents’ divorce.
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Ask the Expert: Easing child’s worries about kidnapping

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Amy Dusselier's comment, February 2, 2014 8:04 PM
This article is similar to the book in the fact that they speak of the fear of being kidnapped. However, in the book it is the adults that are scared of the children being kidnapped. In the article It talks about how “sensitive personalities or who have a predisposition to worry or being anxious. The facial tics you have observed are most likely to represent a nervous behavior caused by worry and stress she is experiencing. “(Sharry). But in the book, the parent’s anxiety is what is shown. It becomes so bad that Pia’s parents get a divorce. “It means that one of the parents is allowed to take the children with them… after a divorce” (Grant 197). It was too much anxiety and in the end, the parents could not take it anymore.
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, February 8, 2014 11:27 PM
This article is connected to the book in many similar ways. One of those ways being how when a kidnapping took place in Pia's town, parents went crazy with there kids. The parents could not leave their kids alone for a long period of time without the fear of them being kidnapped. "A big child abduction story such as the case of Madeleine McCann can cause everyone to worry and take stock" (Sharry). With multiple people vanishing in such a small town it puts everyone on edge. All the young girls are scared to get kidnapped and many parents are scared for them. " Pia, I am not happy about this. Frau Kessel has no buisness frightening children with such stories" (Grant 112). This is a perfect example of how the parents are being protective. Herr Schiller would always fill Pia's mind with scary stories before so why is it a big deal now?
Sarah Augustine's comment, February 25, 2014 11:34 AM
Every parent in the book is much like the parents in this article. They "try to reassure" their children and "not make a big deal of" the disappearances, in the case of Katharina Linden, or the kidnapping, in the case of the article (Sharry). Pia's mother is constantly reminding her daughter "not to go anywhere with anyone without telling" her first, which is very similar to the actions of the little girl in the article (Grant 31). Both sets of parents are worried about their children, but the two daughters are reacting in very different ways. The real girl is more or less terrified, never doing anything out of the ordinary in order to avoid running the risk of getting kidnapped, while Pia is unusually curious, heading her own sort of investigation instead of hiding in her house like she's supposed to.
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abeaguilar1's photo on Instagram (Finally something that leads the case of the disappearance of Heather Elvis from South Carolina.
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False clues?  Misleading police?  Hmmm, sounds familiar...

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Angie Leek's comment, January 29, 2014 3:55 PM
This is a great article because it parallels the book immensely. In the article we see William conducting an independent search in hopes to locate Heather Elvis. During his own investigation "potential evidence was uncovered and [he] did not immediately report it to law enforcement" (Instagram). In the Vanishing of Katharina Linden Stephen and Pia are discussing about beginning they're own investigation by "break[ing] into Herr Duster's house while he's out and search[ing] it" (Grant 253). If they do find something they could be tampering with any evidence they find because they are just naive children. William also "began questioning a witness in an attempt to gain confidential information about the law enforcement investigation" (Instagram). Pia and Stephen haven't done this yet but they both keep bouncing around the idea of "asking him what happened" (Grant 251). I think this exact situation is going to happen in the book. They will end up snooping around and tampering with evidence all because of their curiosity. Could them doing this end up jeopardizing the finding of the missing girls?
Amy Dusselier's comment, February 2, 2014 8:03 PM
The article is talking about working outside the law. Pia and Stefan are basically doing the same thing as the men in the article. But they have not found any evidence yet in there investigation. However, they do end up breaking the law at one point when “with a sudden frisson as I realized that once we were indoors we would be inside someone else’s house-we would have broken in.” “Carefully, Stefan positioned the chisel against the padlock” (Grant 210-211). However, in the article the men interfere with the investigation “William conducted an independent search, where potential evidence was uncovered and did not immediately report it to law enforcement, police said” (abeaguilar1). Therefore, both the characters in the book and the people in the article have broken the law.
Sarah Augustine's comment, February 25, 2014 11:48 AM
This picture and caption kind of impacts how the reader thinks about Pia and Stefan's investigation. Technically speaking, they are "conducting a separate investigation from law enforcement", which could be seen as "obstructing justice", much like the two people that have been arrested, according to the caption (Aguilar). After Pia and Stefan officially "have broken in" to Herr Duster's house, they have essentially become the same as the two criminals in the caption to the picture--except, of course, for the age difference (Grant 210).
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Kidnapping execs for ransom: A fateful international growth industry.

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This article touches on the ransom side of kidnapping. Another look into why maybe someone would want to take the girls in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. Was it for money?

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this article goes a little more into detail about how fairytales are tied into real life events. This is good to read to see how we can connect the fairytales and the kidnappings. 

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Ghana News - Serial children kidnappers arrested

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Two suspected kidnappers operating in various churches in Accra have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command in Darkuman Accra, Sunday.
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This story about a ring of kidnappers from Ghana is only about a month old.  There are several similarities between this real-life case and what's happening in the novel.

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Amy Dusselier's comment, January 26, 2014 7:47 PM
In this article, they are taking about two kidnapers that work in small area and “According to him, the modus operandi of the suspects was to kidnap children who appear to be wandering about at various churches, especially on Sundays.” (Ghana).like the book the children disappeared in public times of the day and even at events like church, parties, and parade type events. So it would look kind of weird if someone you did not know walked up to someone’s kid and started taking to them. “’My daughter!’ she gestured wildly at Frau Diederichs, failing a brawny arm. ‘ She’s supposed to be in charge of my daughter!’ Frau Diederichs was flustered ;”( Grant 152-153). It is obvious that the kidnaper is someone everyone knows and feels comfortable having their kids around.
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, January 28, 2014 2:58 PM
I feel like this article is related to the story is many similar ways. The kidnappers that took these children had each of there plans very thought out so they would not get caught. This is the same thing with the kidnapper in the story he or she had to think of a plan very thought out so they would not get caught. Each child that did disappear did out of thin air when no one was around. "It seemed that somewhere along her way through the town she had stepped off her path, turned up an alley or gone into a building, and vanished into thin air, dissolved into the ether" (Grant 94). Also in the book each girl that has disappeared has disappeared in a public area and the same is with the kids that disappeared in the article. "According to him, the modus operandi of the suspects was to kidnap children who appear to be wandering about at various churches, especially on Sundays" (Ghana/Myjoyonline.com). Both the kidnappers were probably trusted to be left close to there kids just like the kidnapper in the story.
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Montgomery man charged with 2 sexual assaults, kidnapping - Your Houston News

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Montgomery man charged with 2 sexual assaults, kidnapping
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A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a Montgomery man Thursday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault.
Kaitlin Ketelle's insight:

This is relevant to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden because it follows along with what is happening to Herr Duster at the moment. Herr Duster was taken by police because of how he may be a suspect in kidnapping the kids that are missing. Just like in the stroy there are two children that are missing like the onces in Montgomery. The Montgomery man is charged with kidnapping just like people are accusing Herr Duster in the story. This article follows with what Herr Duster is being accused of from many of the towns people. 

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Angie Leek's comment, January 20, 2014 3:40 PM
The important word used throughout this article is alleged-"alleged to have both verbally and physically threatened two women", "[he] allegedly abducting one of the women at the time of one of the alleged sexual assaults." (yourhoustonnews.com). Why is this word important? We don't know if Mitchell did it we are just assuming similarly the way we are doing with Herr Duster in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. The people in town say they "all knew Herr Duster was responsible" when he was accused of being involved in the disappearances but i think that they just thought this cause he had a bad reputation and a creepy aurora surrounding him and was often described as having "a surly expression, as though he were permanently glowing at someone" (Grant 81). We don't know for sure who did it but people will often blame those who seem different or off when given the chance.
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Grimm 053: Little Snow-White

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Heard some of you discussing Snow White the other day.  Think you may have forgotten some really important details.  Since they tie in with some of the stories Pia and Stefan have heard/will hear, it's worth taking a look at the beginning of the Grimms' version of the story.

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Ashley Husong's comment, January 16, 2014 11:19 AM
This article was helpful because I had forgotten some of the details in this childhood fairytale. In the article it talks about how Snow White was so beautiful. "'Because she was so beautiful the huntsman took pity on her, and he said, 'Run away, you poor child'"(Grimm). Pia believes that Katharina may have vanished like Snow White but she believes in her heart that Katharina is still alive somewhere. "Still I was now convinced, correctly as it turned out, that she would never be seen alive again" (Grant 32). Pia lives in this fairytale type mindset because she is young. This is how she can make sense of a little girl being taken in the middle of the day with so many people around. Pia thinks that magic has something to do with it, but the adults seem to think otherwise. The adults see this as a kidnapping and fear that poor Katharina could be dead by this point. They know that the real world is not some fairytale story, it's filled with real monsters that will do bad things if they get the chance, and you may or may not survive.
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, January 28, 2014 3:07 PM
Snow White is similar to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden in many ways in the book Katharina was dressed up as Snow White when she did disappear. Even when she was not dressed as Snow White she was still described as a great beauty just like Snow White was described as. "She was dressed as Snow White- an instantly recognizable outfit because it had been base on a Disney costume: blue bodice, yellow ankle-length skirt, red cloak, a high collar, and a little red bow in her dark hair. I think that was why she or her mother has chosen that costume- Katharina had thick wavy hair that was almost jet black, so she was the perfect Snow White, with her rather pale skin and dark eyes" (Grant 22-23). Snow White story is also similar with dark aspect of it. In Snow White there is a evil step mother that is a witch and practices witchcraft to get rid of Snow White. " From that hour on whenever she looked at Snow-White her heart turned over inside her body, so great was her hatred for the girl" (Grimm). In The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Stefan and Pia find a circle that has dark magic in it where they use it to make sacrifices. "We both craned forward, trying to look more closely without actually entering the circle. It was little pile of stones, with a larger, flat stone balanced on top of them. On top of the flat stone was a heap of something burned" (Grant 89-90). In the stories they both make each sacrifices the step mother does it to make the posion Apple and we are still figuring out what they use it for in book. Snow White does have many similarities in it and is great fairy to compare it too.
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Violence and Fear in Folktales | Boudinot | The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature

Violence and Fear in Folktales
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Great article (though a little long) about the PURPOSES of making folktales scary.  (Did you know there was a purpose?  Turns out there is.)

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Amy Dusselier's comment, January 15, 2014 7:39 PM
This article talks about the connection between fairy tales and the mind. Hard to say where a folk tales start when they are hundreds of years old. As it says in the artical" the exact origins of folk tales remain cloudy and uncertain because we cannot pinpoint exactly how a tale began and who was the originator."(Boudinot 1) but when something happens to start the folk tale like someone blowing up it is very easy to find out who started it." But gossip is Baron Münchhausen's little sister, and never lets the truth get in the way or a good story." (Grant 3)<br> When Katarina disappeared the parents of the town became more protective of there children. The rumors that's were going around about what happened to her started to scare everyone so they would not let there kids out alone. " innocent days; a time when my mother cheerfully allowed my at the tender age of ten to Rome the town unsupervised" (Grant 2). The parents heard the rumors and tales of what happened to her. From that rumor they became scared that they might lose there children too. " Teaching fear through fairy tales is a proven method of helping children learn about safety and it can help improve a child's judgment and critical thinking skills."( Boudinot 1)
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, January 28, 2014 3:05 PM
This article is related to the story in so many ways I feel like. Pia has been growing up with fairy tale stories that were told to her by Herr Schiller and each of those stories have not always ended very pretty. “The use of fear and violence in folk and fairy tales is a contentious issue which illuminates disparities of societal difference between those firmly entrenched in beliefs of righteousness and others who believe no harm is done by frightening children with folklore” (Boudinot). With putting some of these violent stories into Pia's head it can make her feel like her own fairy tale has come to life. Pia described the first girl that disappeared as Snow White which is a common fairy tale story. It would seem that Pia with her big imagination, had all these stories that were told by Herr Schiller to her, that she made one big story with all of them. "I think that was why she or her mother had chosen that costume- Katharina had thick wavy hair that was almost jet-black, so she was the perfect Snow White, with her rather pale skin and dark eyes" (Grant 23).
Sarah Augustine's comment, February 25, 2014 11:58 AM
Teaching children through fairy tales or stories has always been a useful tool for parents. It is proven to help "children learn about safety" and "improve a child's judgment and critical thinking skills" because it is such an effective method. Pia is very much influenced by the fairy tales that she is told by Herr Schiller, to the point where she almost makes her life into one, complete with disappearances and death and secret investigations. She imagines possible explanations for the mysterious disappearances, involving "crunching up bones" and full bottles of blood" hidden in the fridge, showing how much children really are impacted by the stories and things they are told when they are young (Grant 117). This only sets her up for a rude awakening later, when she'll discover that real life is not centered around silly fairy tales.
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Bullying is a huge effect on child development. This article talks about how our approach on bullying may not be the best way, in fact it could be causing more bullying. The article is relevant to the novel because if someone would have intervened on the bullying of Pia then her physiclogical health might have been different throughout the novel.

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Miner was alone when he was trapped by rock fall.

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This article is similar to the book because it talks about a man who was trapped alone and died. This is just like when Pia falls into the well.

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As a result of her grandmother's death, Pia is bullied at school. This article discusses the act of bullying and how the effects on the victims linger long past the intitial bullying period. Those who were bullied are likely to continue to be bullied, as well as continuing to develop mental illness and self-consciousness.

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Ashley Husong's comment, February 3, 2014 11:15 AM
This article has a lot of relevance to the book because it talks about the mental problems children can have from being physically or mentally bullied. "Espelage and Swearer (2003) indicated that bullying at all levels -- early elementary, middle, or secondary school -- included an ongoing and escalating physical and/or verbal aggression by one or more individuals who seek to attain dominance, status, or property at the various levels" (Lawrence). Pia is bullied badly throughout her grade school because her grandmother caught on fire and died. She is teased all the time about it and people say that if they get to close to Pia then they could catch on fire too. Pia doesn't like going to school for the fear that she will be teased every time she goes. "' In case what is catching?' she asked in a weary tone.’ The exploding,' said Daniella, and let out a little shriek like a hyena laughing. That was enough; the class erupted saying ' I was the Potentially Explosive Schoolgirl'" (Grant 18). She is bullied by her entire class and even when they make jokes about her Grandma, her teacher will laugh. Pia fears that they will never let her forget what happened to Oma Kristel.
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Kidnapping offenders: Their risk of escalation to repeat offending and othe...: EBSCOhost

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Sarah Augustine's insight:

Obviously, whoever has been recently kidnapping the girls in Bad Munstereifel has been the one kidnapping all of them, starting with Gertrud. This article discusses the likelihood of kidnappers to repeat their offense as the criminal in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has obviously done.

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Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, February 8, 2014 11:28 PM
This article is similar to the story in multiple ways. At the end of the story it tells us how Herr Schiller had even kidnapped his own daughter and it all started from there. One kidnapping led for Herr Schiller to do more than one. "Kidnappers are more likely to be convicted of another kidnapping offence" (Brian). Herr Schiller became sick with kidnapping multiple innocent girls. This article proves that kidnappers often kidnap again after they already have done it. "She was his daughter- and he killed her" (Grant 274). Herr Schiller kidnapping all started with his daughter and even after multiple years he kidnapped many more girls for no reason other than to attempt to hurt Herr Duster.
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Theatre Review: The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Picture the scene: a fading old-Hollywood actress, dressed in rags as a witch-like, caricatured grandmother figure, bent over and howling, whilst an audience clad in plague doctor masks surrounds her and looks on in silence.
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Maybe better for a little later in the novel, but there are connections.

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INSIDE A FAMILY TRAGEDY. (cover story)

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This article is about a man who ended up killing both of his children and having his wife go missing after he couldn't regain custody  of them. I feel like this is a good article to describe the extent someone might go to when losing their children. 

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Sarah Augustine's comment, January 28, 2014 4:26 PM
This article provides us with terrifying possible solutions to the book's mystery. The first girl to disappear was Gertrud Duster, daughter of Herr Schiller. If something happened like what did in this article, then that would mean that, after the death of "poor Heinrich"'s wife, Herr Schiller went crazy and killed his own daughter? As creepy and horrible as that seems, it does seem to fit with the mood and tone of the tales that Herr Schiller keeps telling Pia and Stefan, which should make us wonder if Pia and Stefan could be the next to disappear.
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This article has some interesting motives for why kidnappers kidnap. This could help give us an idea of why someone would want to kidnap these girls.

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Angie Leek's comment, February 10, 2014 12:52 AM
This is article says that the abduction of a child was sometimes done by people that "were driven by a desire to assume a mother role and represented stolen children as their own" whether it be because their own child died, went missing or they just wanted their own (Foyster). This is why i believe Herr Schiller is behind the kidnappings. He just wants to fill that missing place in his life after " The day Gertrude vanished" (Grant 166). The article also touches on the " common fears about the loss of children and the limitations of adults to protect children from harm" which we see a lot in the book (Foyster). Everyone in town is afraid that their child might be the next one to go missing so they try their best to up the protection but that doesn't work when more girls keep going missing.
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Serial kidnapper may be on loose along Gulf Coast (2001)

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This is a weird one: first, it's a transcript of a newscast; second, only half of it is actually the kidnapping story.  Still, it bears similarities to the novel and may be useful.

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Amy Dusselier's comment, January 26, 2014 7:48 PM
In this article, they are talking about a series of kidnappings. In many ways, this is like the book, but there are also differences. “BRIAN LOADER, FBI: It is a similar description in all three abductions. Each of the child victims were approximately the same age” (Chen and Chow). In the book all, the girls were about the same age and all disappeared in busy parts of the day. But unlike the book, these kidnapping seem to be more spread out than the book. In the book, it is obviously someone they know because they did not see someone new wondering around talking to their kids. Were the article the kidnapper could be any one. “Well apart from Boris … Jorg Koch was there, and he said Herr Linden,” “He said Herr Linden was knocking on the door and shouting at Herr Duster to come out. Herr Linden said if he had nothing to do with it, he had nothing to be afraid of.” (Grant 121). Its much easier to blame someone when he doesn’t really talk to anyone and is rather creepy.
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Help us find Lauren | findLauren.com

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This is relevant to what is happening in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden right now. It is relvent because of the grils that are diappearing in the book at the moment. Many  of the girls have disappeared without any hint of what happened to them. These girls are disappearing into thin air just like what has happened to Lauren in the article. No one knows what has happened to Lauren they only just saw her right before she disappeared. In the book many people did see Katharina and Marion before they disappeared but then they vanished right when no one was looking. 

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Angie Leek's comment, January 20, 2014 3:07 PM
I feel like this article incases the same feelings and events of those missing their children in the The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. The main similarity being and what Kaitlin said above is that they disappeared without a trace. "One moment she was there, skipping along the street, and the next she had gone" (Grant 169). In the book so far no one has found any clues to what could have happened to any of the girls likewise in Lauren's case she "disappeared and there is not enough information available from friends and acquaintances to find [her]" (findlauren.com). All of these girls didn't "disappear from their bedroom"(Grant 202) they simply "vanished into thin air, dissolved into into the ether" (Grant 169). The important aspect in both of these is that no one has given up yet.
Ashley Husong's comment, February 3, 2014 11:31 AM
This article is a cry for help much like the families in Bad Munstereifel." Imagine learning one of the most important people in your world has disappeared and there is not enough information available from friends and acquaintances to find them" (Spierer). This sounds a lot like the families trying to find their daughters, but never having enough clues to connect the dots on where they could have vanished. “It threatens to be our undoing but make no mistake, we will never give up" (Spierer). This is a bold quote from the parents that they will keep searching even with their lack of clues. The people in Pia's town will never give up looking for these girls that seemed to have disappear out of thin air. "'This town!' my mother was shouting.’ This town! That's what the problem is'" (Grant 59)! Pia's mother fears that Pia could be next. Everyone in the town is losing their minds thinking who could be next, and not being able to find a trace of evidences to find the girls scares them even more.
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Short Stories: The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brothers Grimm

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I keep telling you...all the fairy tales/fables (even those that are only alluded to) are clues to what is really happening in Bad Munstereifel.

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Sarah Augustine's comment, January 28, 2014 12:12 AM
In this fairy tale, the twelve princesses are lulled into a false sense of security by the one they think is the wisest--their oldest sister. The youngest sister is suspicious, and rightfully so, "but the eldest always silenced her" (Grimm). In The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, perhaps the missing girls were drawn into situations by someone they trusted, though the situations were apparently not as safe as they might have seemed. The prime suspect in the book is , quite obviously, Herr Duster because "the kind citizens of this delightful town have decided that Herr Duster is a criminal", as Pia's mother puts it (Grant 163). However, if these two stories are related in this way, then the criminal cannot be Herr Duster, simply because no one trusts him enough to be lulled into a feeling of security by him. Therefore, the real culprit must be someone much more relatable and friendly towards little girls like Katharina and Marion, maybe even Pia. This narrows down the list of suspects somewhat, which is obviously helpful when trying to figure out who it could possibly be.
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, January 30, 2014 3:13 PM
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brothers Grimm is related to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden in multiple ways. They are related because of how each girl disappears mysteriously each time without a trace of what happened to them. "Perhaps that is why Frau Linden failed to notice her daughter's disappearance at first; she was preoccupied with the much younger Nils" (Grant 25). No one seems to have paid attention to were Katharina was before she went missing everyone only remembered the last place they saw her. Katharina although never does come home unlike the princesses do in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. " So the king made it known to all the land that if any person could discover the secret and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night" (Grimm). The princesses would also come back with worn shoes in the story when they returned home from dancing and in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Pia and Stefan ended up finding Marion shoe. "'Marion Voss's show,' said Stefan with a trace of impatience. I gaped at him. 'Marion Voss's show?' He nodded" (Grant 136). They are very similar with the shoes I feel because it could mean that maybe the girls can not return home when they don't have there shoes unlike the princesses who always do return with there shoes but they are just worn. The story has many similarities to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden the main things is that the girls disappear but in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden they disappear at only the daytime so far unlike in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. They also are similar with the shoes. I'm sure there will be more things that are similar when we find out who took the girls. <br>
Kaitlin Ketelle's comment, January 30, 2014 3:13 PM
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Brothers Grimm is related to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden in multiple ways. They are related because of how each girl disappears mysteriously each time without a trace of what happened to them. "Perhaps that is why Frau Linden failed to notice her daughter's disappearance at first; she was preoccupied with the much younger Nils" (Grant 25). No one seems to have paid attention to were Katharina was before she went missing everyone only remembered the last place they saw her. Katharina although never does come home unlike the princesses do in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. " So the king made it known to all the land that if any person could discover the secret and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night" (Grimm). The princesses would also come back with worn shoes in the story when they returned home from dancing and in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Pia and Stefan ended up finding Marion shoe. "'Marion Voss's show,' said Stefan with a trace of impatience. I gaped at him. 'Marion Voss's show?' He nodded" (Grant 136). They are very similar with the shoes I feel because it could mean that maybe the girls can not return home when they don't have there shoes unlike the princesses who always do return with there shoes but they are just worn. The story has many similarities to The Vanishing of Katharina Linden the main things is that the girls disappear but in The Vanishing of Katharina Linden they disappear at only the daytime so far unlike in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. They also are similar with the shoes. I'm sure there will be more things that are similar when we find out who took the girls. <br>
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Psychology and Fairy Tales: by Carrie Hughes

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LOVE this post.  Lots of deep, dark stuff under the suface of fairy tales.  Definitely has lots in common with what's to come in the book.

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Amy Dusselier's comment, January 15, 2014 7:38 PM
This article talks about the connections between fairy tales and the mind. "Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, psychoanalysts have turned to fairy tales in an effort to understand the human mind" "or by examining the characters in the stories." (Hughes 1).People use stories to try to under stand how something happens, but it is not always bad."so she was the perfect Snow White, with her rather pale skin and dark eyes. When she vanished, it almost seemed like something from a fairy tale"(Grant 23). Katherina was wearing a snow white costume when she disappeared. Like Snow White her disappearance was very sudden and left may people speculating about weather or not she was dead or alive. We make connections between the fairy tale and katherina. But if we assume that there is a connection then more that likely katerina will will not be dead.