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Old 09-03-2014, 07:25 PM   #16
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Such a sad case. I can't find anywhere that says what Michael's age was when he disappeared. I always assumed he was in his very early 20's or even late teens (I guess I always assumed this because Stack makes reference that Michael began using drugs in high school and the fact he still lived with his parents).
Here is an interesting photo and would put Michael at around 26. Pittsburgh (Taylor) Allderdice is in Squirrel Hill . The photo is in all likelihood Michael.


http://www.allderdice72.com/class_pr...ber_id=4181661


http://www.allderdice72.com/class_pr...ber_id=4181661
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I guess I should have read earlier posts about his age. This is definitely him, then.

http://www.allderdice72.com/class_pr...ber_id=4181661

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Old 09-05-2014, 03:39 PM   #18
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I guess I should have read earlier posts about his age. this is definitely him, then.

http://www.allderdice72.com/class_pr...ber_id=4181661
That is a pretty cool picture of Michael Rosenblum you dug up nonetheless. Always pictured him as sort of the laid back, long haired nineteen seventies type kid.

Yeah as I mentioned Michael Rosenblum was a lot older than what we were led to believe on the UM segment. UM gave the impression that Rosenblum was an adolescent although to be fair his exact age was never mentioned on the segment. But yeah, if Michael was still alive today he'd be cruising towards sixty right now.

My heart honestly goes out to Michael Rosenblum. We had someone come on the forums who claimed she knew Michael before he became involved with the whole drug scene and said he was a really nice guy but his demeanor changed once he got heavily involved with the drugs he was taking. I think his mother basically summed up her son's situation when she said that "Michael got into drugs at a time which was probably the worst time for any kids to get into drugs". I agree completely with her and feel bad that her son's story didn't have a happier ending than it did.
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That is a pretty cool picture of Michael Rosenblum you dug up nonetheless. Always pictured him as sort of the laid back, long haired nineteen seventies type kid.

Yeah as I mentioned Michael Rosenblum was a lot older than what we were led to believe on the UM segment. UM gave the impression that Rosenblum was an adolescent although to be fair his exact age was never mentioned on the segment. But yeah, if Michael was still alive today he'd be cruising towards sixty right now.

My heart honestly goes out to Michael Rosenblum. We had someone come on the forums who claimed she knew Michael before he became involved with the whole drug scene and said he was a really nice guy but his demeanor changed once he got heavily involved with the drugs he was taking. I think his mother basically summed up her son's situation when she said that "Michael got into drugs at a time which was probably the worst time for any kids to get into drugs". I agree completely with her and feel bad that her son's story didn't have a happier ending than it did.
Michael's parents are among my favorite people ever interviewed on UM. All missing persons/unexplained death cases are sad. It just semes like his parents suffered (unnecessarily) twice as bad for a dozen years due to poor police work (or corruption).
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(forgive me for bumping an old thread - was searching for info on the case and this was the most recent thread directly related)

This is yet another case I haven't seen before (hard to believe - I watched UM all the way through from Season 1 to 8 not too long ago). It is one of the most bizarre I've seen too.

We know Michael had a drug problem and that there was something odd going on with the police. We don't however know how he died or anything about the surrounding circumstances of his disappearance. That's pretty much the bulk of the UM segment (from Amazon S1E13)

I went search through the board here looking for info on the case and found this thread - figured I'd comment here, but it didn't have too much other information/speculation to it, so I went searching again and found this thread

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...hael+rosenblum

As he has with other cases (such as Rhonda Hinson for example),TheCars1986 presented a simple theory that cuts through all the hype & mystery the show tried to build up (from an even older thread I haven't yet seen)

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I had never seen this case before, and after watching it I'd have to say it's one of the top three most bizarre cases ever profiled on UM. After watching it though, I don't see any clear evidence of any murder or police cover up on anything other than shoddy police work. It's pretty cut and dry that the police chief had his clerk forge the documents. Why else would two different people lie to implicate the chief in a missing persons case? The flat tires can easily be explained as just faulty tires. He was at the gas station having them refilled, so there was obviously a problem with the tires and the pressure from having more air put in the tires expanded the leak and probably made it worse. I've had two tires randomly go out on me before, shortly after refilling them with air. I think that he was probably going to buy more drugs when he left his girlfriend stranded at the gas station. Maybe that was the only way he knew how to come down from such a hangover? I think he then got some drugs and en route back to his parents house is when the tires went flat. I really can't say for sure if he died accidentally or killed himself. If he died accidentally, he was probably high on drugs at the time he abandoned his car. But it seems unlikely than an overdose victim would ingest drugs, then wander around into the wilderness and die. But stranger things have happened. If he killed himself it's possible that the stress from being back on drugs and getting kicked out by his parents would lead him to suicide. Maybe he was on drugs when he killed himself, and the flat tires were what ignited him to do so. It was known that he was irritable (from the drug withdrawal he was experiencing) at the time since he was seen arguing with his girlfriend, who kept trying to take him to the hopsital. Add in the fact that he most likely still had drugs in his system and it's obvious that he was unstable at the time he left his girlfriend. So suicide IMHO is a very likely scenario. The reason why his body was never found was because it was there for a long period of time, and succumbed to the elements.


As for the cover up by the police, I think it was done just to cover their own asses knowing that they did a horrible job in investigating his disappearance. As for the phone calls Michael's father received, I tend to think they were either pranks or placed by someone who was a "conspiracy theorist" who figured that the cover up implicated that the police had a hand in Michael's disappearance. And does anyone else NOT find anything odd about the arrest warrant? Just because you're considered a missing person does not automatically exempt you from comitting crimes...and I think the composite looked a lot like Michael. Even if you were to visually place sunglasses on the composite you could still see a strong resemblence. Hence the reason they issued the warrant. Michael's parents should have sued the PD for their lackluster attempt to find their son and also for trying to cover up their own mistakes. If the police were involved, don't you think someone would have came forward accusing them? Two people publically appeared on camera stating that the chief had the letter to Michael's girlfriend forged, so wouldn't it be logical that one of these two people (or certainly others) would have heard rumors about Michael being arrested by the Baldwin PD and came forward as well?


Like others have stated before, I think UM tried bringing out all of the "mysterious" aspects of every case, no matter how trivial they were, just to boost their ratings and to tell a good mystery tale. Michael was a known drug user and clearly unstable at the time of his disappearance. That's why I believe it was either suicide or (less likely) an accidental drug overdose.

This is an eminently reasonable analysis - the point about the lack of evidence pointing to murder or a cover up of such (by the police) is an important takeaway I think.

On the other hand........

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I've always thought that Michael Rosenblum was murdered by the police and then it was covered up. The letter forgery might have been just "shoddy police work," but I find those words a bit tame due to the deliberateness of it, how can you explain the phony composite tailored to look exactly like Michael, and how an arrest warrant was dispatched for him TWO MONTHS after he disappeared without a trace?
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Michael was missing at the time. I'm sure his family feared for the worse, but a missing person can still be alive and can still commit crimes. I don't find it all that odd that a warrant was issued for his arrest, the composite looked a lot like Michael.
Depending on the drugs Michael was hooked on and the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, I can find it plausible that while going through a bad withdrawal, Michael did indeed commit a crime or two.

If you want to continue to debate this point, ask yourself why would the police release a warrant out of the blue like this? To me, doing so (when the accused didn't commit a crime/the crime in question) would make their malfeasance/possible cover-up all the more obvious and thus, blow their own ship right out of the water.

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Whatever happened, it's obvious the police tried to cover up SOMETHING, even though it might have been something as minor as simply forgetting to send out the letter about Lisa's car being in the impound.

If the only screw-up the cops actually made was forgetting to send the letter and they are completely innocent, then this whole case is a lesson in why it's a bad idea for LE to go to great lengths to cover up their mistakes. All they might have done wrong was make a simple clerical error, but because they wouldn't admit it and tried to pretend it didn't happen, the whole thing wound up looking mighty suspicious and blew up in their faces.
This seems to sum it up nicely. The police were lax and lazy, blatantly so. They tried to cover up their laziness, but it quickly got out of hand, to the point where it was just easier for them to keep spinning their BS rather than come clean (this would include their attempts to stonewall further investigation by UM and other sources). If the police did have a more direct involvement in his death, I'm betting it was accidental in nature (i.e. he ODed/died while jailed, or from being handled too roughly - nothing deliberate)
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