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Old 12-10-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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Question Lost Loves: Janet O'Regan searching for her father

I just watched this "Lost Loves" case. I don't think I have seen it before. It aired on November 9, 1988. The story was about a British woman named Janet Parker O'Regan. She was looking for her father. He was an American soldier stationed in Great Britain during WWII. He dated her mother very briefly before returning to the US. Janet's birth mother claimed he was killed, but Janet believes he is still alive. Does anyone remember this story, or know if the father was ever located?
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I just watched this "Lost Loves" case. I don't think I have seen it before. It aired on November 9, 1988. The story was about a British woman named Janet Parker O'Regan. She was looking for her father. He was an American soldier stationed in Great Britain during WWII. He dated her mother very briefly before returning to the US. Janet's birth mother claimed he was killed, but Janet believes he is still alive. Does anyone remember this story, or know if the father was ever located?
I remember it, but I don't remember there being an update.
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #3
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Heir finder Josh Butler was interviewed in the segment. He is still around and has a website. I sent him an email. I'll be sure to post if I hear anything from him.
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I was surprised when I checked my email this morning and saw that I had received a response from Josh Butler. Apparently, either James White (or some member of his family) saw the Unsolved Mysteries broadcast and threatened suit against NBC. This man was married and had children in the United States. The idea of having a child in England who was the product of an affair his wife most likely did not know about was apparently too much to bare. Butler indicated he never heard from Janet again after this and has no idea if she ever spoke to James White but it seems unlikely.

I must say I wasn't entirely surprised by this news. In the segment, it was mentioned that Janet's mother broke up with James when she discovered he had a family in the United States. She told Janet that James was dead when Janet was younger and rather begrudgingly gave Janet the "okay" to search for him when she was older. Josh Butler also located a photograph in a magazine of a man he believed to be James White with his troop, but Janet's mother denied it was him. Seemed there was some bad blood there.

This makes me wonder, were there any other "Lost Loves" that had sad/tragic outcomes?
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I was surprised when I checked my email this morning and saw that I had received a response from Josh Butler. Apparently, either James White (or some member of his family) saw the Unsolved Mysteries broadcast and threatened suit against NBC. This man was married and had children in the United States. The idea of having a child in England who was the product of an affair his wife most likely did not know about was apparently too much to bare. Butler indicated he never heard from Janet again after this and has no idea if she ever spoke to James White but it seems unlikely.

I must say I wasn't entirely surprised by this news. In the segment, it was mentioned that Janet's mother broke up with James when she discovered he had a family in the United States. She told Janet that James was dead when Janet was younger and rather begrudgingly gave Janet the "okay" to search for him when she was older. Josh Butler also located a photograph in a magazine of a man he believed to be James White with his troop, but Janet's mother denied it was him. Seemed there was some bad blood there.

This makes me wonder, were there any other "Lost Loves" that had sad/tragic outcomes?
Wow that was interesting. That certainly explains why it wasn't aired much. What a slap in the face for Janet O'Regan! I feel bad for her.
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Wow that was interesting. That certainly explains why it wasn't aired much. What a slap in the face for Janet O'Regan! I feel bad for her.
Yes, Josh Butler said it only aired once. I seem to recall Lifetime aired the Steve Hadley segment in it's place.

My heart sank when I read about the outcome. Stack mentioned that Janet O'Regan had been diagnosed with cancer (breast?) some years before but had beaten it. Since that time, she had a renewed outlook on life and wanted to do many things, including find her biological father, James White.

She also wrote a letter that Stack read on air. The gist of the letter was that she was not looking for money, and didn't want to disrupt his life, she just wanted to get to know him.

I wonder if he even knew Janet's mother was pregnant. This story reminds me a lot of that other case about the woman searching for her father, also a GI, known only as "Duncan". In that case, at least, they did find Duncan and he wanted to be a part of his daughter's life and join her family too.

So I guess some people do see themselves on "Lost Loves" and not want to respond.
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i think i remember this case, did they successfully sue UM? Is Janet still alive?
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Thanks to Chris Rogers help I finally saw this case for the first time, quite amazing. No real update on the UM wiki which is disappointing i wonder what happened since the big reveal and court case?
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This is quite possibly the only segment I've never seen. If anyone knows about it being on a certain forbidden site or other location, please let me know
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