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Old 02-11-2007, 03:14 PM   #46
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An abortion gone wrong could explain her disappearance..........but her behavior seemed too incredibly bizzare to lay on that alone.

The more I think about it, the more I think this case has some eerie parallels to that of Rhonda Hinson.

It was mentioned that Tammy went to an out of town gathering with other actors/actresses/movie industry people, then came back changed......

I think she was either raped/sexually assaulted at that gathering, which could possibly explain some of her mood swings.......and then was kidnapped to prevent her from blowing the whistle. She could've also been threatened first...then kidnapped later.

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She discovered/witnessed/became aware of something shady, shady enough to put her life in danger. Subsequently she could've been threatened, either once or repeatedly......the threats causing psychological damage which would account for her changed mood. Later on, the person or persons behind this could've changed their mind and had her kidnapped.....or she could've simply dove off the deep end.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:44 AM   #47
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here's something I just thought of. Tammy was from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Wasn't Amy Billig also from Cocoa Beach? Think there's any chance the Outlaws nabbed her?

That leads me to this realization: the ending of this segment is rather abrupt (as with at least a few others) , which is kind of odd because all along I kept thinking what a wonderfully produced segment this was, and they had been focusing on details. We're lead to believe that somebody from this party nabbed her, although who knows. They don't go into great detail about the party. I'm left wondering "What kind of party was it?" "Who was there?" and questions like that.

I always thought it was a bit convenient for the supposed kidnappers to happen upon Tammy, as they would have had absolutely no idea that she would have been dropped off in town as she had basically been a shut-in for several months up to that point. Plus, the party I believe was an out-of-town party, so the alleged kidnappers would have had to travel a significant distance, then magically find Tammy downtown on the one day she's out. This seems unlikely.

Another realization that I had is a detail that might be easy to overlook, in fact I originally overlooked it. Tammy's mother said regarding the day of her disappearance, that Tammy was in an unusually (for the time period) good and normal mood. Interestingly, a large number of people that are about to commit suicide or run away are in a good mood shortly before doing so. The reason for this is that they know that they will no longer have to put up with certain burdens they face in their current environment. the segment very briefly touches up on the Tammy wanting to get away from her mother angle, and I wonder if there's merit to it. Tammy did compete in 300+ pageants, and it could have taken a toll on her.

I don't know if I disbelieve the friend that dropped Tammy off or not, but it seems unlikely that someone so terrified of something/someone would allow themselves to be dropped off, by themselves. Plus she had no shoes or purse at the time.

Unfortunately, I don't think the odds of Tammy being found alive are very good. Most would say she's uncommonly beautiful and she would no doubt stand out in a crowd. I don't think there's been any sightings in 24 years. But, we can always have hope she will be found alive and is in good health.
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DarkDante's theory number #5 makes sense to me too.

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:24 PM   #49
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here's something I just thought of. Tammy was from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Wasn't Amy Billig also from Cocoa Beach? Think there's any chance the Outlaws nabbed her?
You're about 200 miles off. Amy Billig was from Coconut Grove, which is a section of Miami. Tammy Leppert was from Cocoa Beach, which is on the Space Coast near Cape Canaveral.
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I always thought it was a bit convenient for the supposed kidnappers to happen upon Tammy, as they would have had absolutely no idea that she would have been dropped off in town as she had basically been a shut-in for several months up to that point. Plus, the party I believe was an out-of-town party, so the alleged kidnappers would have had to travel a significant distance, then magically find Tammy downtown on the one day she's out. This seems unlikely.
If Tammy did witness something having to do with drug dealing and money laundering, it's a complete possibility that they wouldn't have had to travel that far. She could have seen something that a lot of banks and high profile people in Florida knew about. The people who wanted her to keep quiet could have been keeping an eye on her, she noticed them after getting out of the car, and they decided to make sure she wouldn't talk.
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I searched the net for info on Tammy. There are a lot of conflicting reports out there. Some state that Tammy didn't carry a purse, others report that she had a grey purse with her. Some are saying she was barefoot, while others say this is incorrect. One site says that the UM segment got several things wrong.
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Amy Billig's disappearance was almost ten years before Tammy Leppert's if I recall as well.
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:04 PM   #53
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I hope I am not being disrespectful to Suzanne, but I still think the extreme paranoia exhibited by Tammy is indicative of some kind of mental distrubance. Her fear would have appeared very real, I'm sure, because to Tammy it would have been real. If doctors examined her and ruled out schizophrenia, then I would be interested in examining other causes. Extreme bipolar disorder can cause similar delusions, and there are other conditions capable of producing these types of symptoms as well. I just highly doubt that a girl that young could be an imminent target of supposedly dangerous people for so long without turning up murdered. She was exhibiting the paranoia for some time, as I recall, between when she came back from shooting the film and when she finally disappeared. If she really had seen something she "wasn't supposed to," she would have been taken care of pretty quickly --- it makes no sense to wait and wait and wait, giving her ample opportunity to squeal to whomever before abducting her.

One question I would have for Suzanne, if she ever posts here again, would be this: what exactly do you mean that Tammy was going to "tell on" whoever owed her money? Tell whom? And what would "telling" have accomplished? It's not as if we're talking about little kids here --- if she was really owed a substantial amount of money by someone who could not or would not pay, she would have to a) have proof of the debt and b) be ready to consult a lawyer about how she could go about getting remittance. She wouldn't have been someone with the power to refer the person to a collection agency, I assume, so the only reason to fear her, from the debtor's perspective, would be if she were really preparing to file a law suit, and even then the burden of proof would have been on her. Surely there would have been evidence she was preparing a law suit, and that whoever she was planning on naming as the defendant would have been the number one suspect? And how much money could we possibly be talking about here? She was too young to have been in a position to have lent out more than, at most, a couple thousand dollars, right? She would have had a hard time getting any lawyer to be interested in a sum as small as that, which means we're talking about small claims court. I just can't see this as a motive for a homicide.

I think it is likely that she was suffering from some mental problems which caused her to make some poor choices. Specifically, I think it most likely she was sadly raped and murdered by someone who recognized her for the vulnerable, perhaps gullible person she was. The really nasty people in this world are always looking for people who are easy to take advantage of, and I'm afraid Tammy, from every description I've read of her, fit that description to a T, because she was not rational the way the average person is. This doesn't make the crime one iota less horrible, mind you, but I do think that her probable mental impairment led to her death, mostly because it allowed her to trust someone who a more rational person would not have trusted and/or do something that a more rational person would not have done.
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I hope I am not being disrespectful to Suzanne, but I still think the extreme paranoia exhibited by Tammy is indicative of some kind of mental distrubance. Her fear would have appeared very real, I'm sure, because to Tammy it would have been real. If doctors examined her and ruled out schizophrenia, then I would be interested in examining other causes. Extreme bipolar disorder can cause similar delusions, and there are other conditions capable of producing these types of symptoms as well. I just highly doubt that a girl that young could be an imminent target of supposedly dangerous people for so long without turning up murdered. She was exhibiting the paranoia for some time, as I recall, between when she came back from shooting the film and when she finally disappeared. If she really had seen something she "wasn't supposed to," she would have been taken care of pretty quickly --- it makes no sense to wait and wait and wait, giving her ample opportunity to squeal to whomever before abducting her.

One question I would have for Suzanne, if she ever posts here again, would be this: what exactly do you mean that Tammy was going to "tell on" whoever owed her money? Tell whom? And what would "telling" have accomplished? It's not as if we're talking about little kids here --- if she was really owed a substantial amount of money by someone who could not or would not pay, she would have to a) have proof of the debt and b) be ready to consult a lawyer about how she could go about getting remittance. She wouldn't have been someone with the power to refer the person to a collection agency, I assume, so the only reason to fear her, from the debtor's perspective, would be if she were really preparing to file a law suit, and even then the burden of proof would have been on her. Surely there would have been evidence she was preparing a law suit, and that whoever she was planning on naming as the defendant would have been the number one suspect? And how much money could we possibly be talking about here? She was too young to have been in a position to have lent out more than, at most, a couple thousand dollars, right? She would have had a hard time getting any lawyer to be interested in a sum as small as that, which means we're talking about small claims court. I just can't see this as a motive for a homicide.

I think it is likely that she was suffering from some mental problems which caused her to make some poor choices. Specifically, I think it most likely she was sadly raped and murdered by someone who recognized her for the vulnerable, perhaps gullible person she was. The really nasty people in this world are always looking for people who are easy to take advantage of, and I'm afraid Tammy, from every description I've read of her, fit that description to a T, because she was not rational the way the average person is. This doesn't make the crime one iota less horrible, mind you, but I do think that her probable mental impairment led to her death, mostly because it allowed her to trust someone who a more rational person would not have trusted and/or do something that a more rational person would not have done.
As I mentioned above, Tammy had essentially been a shut-in for several months the day she disappeared. She was apparently feeling ok that day and that is why she went out. If she was abducted, it was probably the first opportunity the abductor(s) had. They could have broke into her home, but there were at least two other people living there (her mother and Wing Flanagan), so it would have been a lot riskier.

I think it is very possible Tammy saw or encountered something at the party. She had no history of mental illness at that point, and she had had a normal and decent life. Although I've gotta wonder: If somebody wanted rid of Tammy, it is more likely that they would have done something at the party as opposed to giving her a chance to escape.

I wouldn't say Tammy was gullible. In fact, she was paranoid. Always convinced someone was trying to poison her. I think she would have been paritcularly careful trusting anyone she didn't know.
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Cases like these are indicative, now that I am 15 years older and a bit more "worldlier" than the original time I viewed them, of the segments on Unsolved Mysteries that I feel are less mysterious than they are portrayed. Not saying that a sudden, and apparently 100% complete, disappearance of a gorgeous 18 year old aspiring actress isn't mysterious. Quite the contrary. I would contend that such an occurrence, along with the bizarre behavior exhibited by the person in question, are , indeed, very mysterious. I would also contend that I believe several cases profiled on UM contain "Maguffins"( Alfred Hitchcock), showing re-creations of events, often mis-characterized and blown out of proportion, that more than likely had nothing to do with the actual mystery. This is one of those cases, in my opinion.


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THIS IS IN NO WAY MEANING TO DISRESPECT THE MEMORY OF TAMMY-LYNN, NOR HER GRIEVING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO ROCK SOLID PROOF FOR MY ASSUMPTIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGE EVERYONE ELSE'S CONCLUSIONS ON HER ACTUAL FATE HAVE AS MUCH CREDIBILITY, PERHAPS IN SOME CASES MORE, THAN MY OWN.


Okay, that being said, I think the questions surrounding the party, the events Tammy-Lynn had witnessed, the drug transactions and the money laundering, etc. are the "Maguffins" of this unsolved mystery. What happened or what didn't happen is very hard to determine because of the documented mental condition of Tammy-Lynn. I believe she had a very vivid, very intense, and ultimately very IMAGINED fear of people out to get her. Not eating from your own plate and becoming a recluse at age 18 are symptoms of some very strong paranoia. I don't think this was due to any real threat because a rational mind isn't afraid of drug dealers poisoning just their plate of food in their own household. If Tammy-Lynn's mind wasn't operating rationally, then how can we take her word for what occurred when no one can corroborate her assertions of wrongdoings? That Wingnut guy contends that she accused him, I took it as being very often, of doing things to harass her. So there is a precedent of her inventing nefarious scenarios where none existed. For me all of the documentable evidence and all of the testimony from people involved who have no history in any mental institutions are more credible than Tammy-Lynn's accounts of terror and criminal activity.


My contention that her fear wasn't real and stemmed from imagined events, or events that were devoid of any malice but in her paranoid mind became something nightmarish, does nothing to answer the question of what actually became of her. That, for some people, is unsatisfactory and those people need all things to wrap up neatly, involving every bit of evidence brought out by UM. Unfortunately that is the stuff of movies, not of real life. She may have met with wrong doing, either from her previous experiences with drug dealing money launderers or perhaps a random act of violence. Perhaps she wandered afraid and alone, but oddly disassociated from reality, and met with some predator who took advantage of that situation for some unmentionable fate. Maybe she lived as a Jane Doe in a hospital or assisted care facility somewhere, maybe she lives there now. I have no answers. I know that isn't sexy or catchy and I fear that is the reason people want to involve the more sexy and catchy aspects of her story into her disappearance. I just feel their assertions are wrong.
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Good analysis, Corky Kneivel, and I like the use of the Maguffin. I think it is a very apt description of the kind of thing UM does quite often, as much as I love the show. Indeed, now I love it as much for seeing how they artificially construct a narrative, especially when it's a story where the actual facts of the case can be obtained and compared against the UM version, as for the stories themselves. Very meta.
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Hi
Tammy did not have mental disorders and they released her from the mental home.there was a lead about a year ago someone threatened to kill.I think this person did.I am still trying to find out why she threatened to tell on this person and for what?I do know this person threatened to kill her.I will not name names.I do not have any money but If there are any psychics or free detectives to look into tammy that feel they might know what happened to tammy or anyone thinks they might know what happened to her please email me at
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I have a sister who came up missing on July 6th 1983 from Cocoa Beach Florida.her name is Tammy Lynn Leppert.here is her pictures if it will help ok?I have been looking for a long time for her.
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I am also checking for her as an unidentified Jane Doe or skeletal remains found over the years.Please contact me if you know something.Please work with me.Please help me find her.I care very much of what became of her.I have been looking for her myself for a long time.I just want to know something.Is she alive or dead.I just want to know.
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Well Suzanne, Tammy and you and your family are in my prayers and everyone's here. We all hope she is found and hopefully alive but if not so your family can at least give her the proper burial. It is just so sad what happened. I was actually down in Cocoa Beach in January, I had forgot that Tammy was from there until I checked this, I hadnt watched the Um segment on her for several weeks before I went down there. I will have to look things up again to see where exactly in Cocoa Beach she disappeared from. IT really could have been anyone that is responsible for what happened as tons of people go through Cocoa Beach. I also do not think that Tammy had a mental disorder, at least not from what I have seen. No doubt she was afraid, but I think too many people assume that it was just paranoid dilusions or bi polar and I honestly think she was stressed out of her mind because she had a legimate fear because someone was threatening her, who that was is unclear. Clearly she was scared.
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thankyou.Today is July 6th.She came up missing July 6th 1983.Please keep tammy in your prayers to find out what happened to her.It's been a long time.If someone knows something please let me know.Please.If you ever called in a lead to anywhere please email me again with it.I will look into it. Please help me find her.Please.

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