In many ways, 1961 was a year to remember. World events that occurred included President John F. Kennedy becoming inaugurated as the United States’ 35th president in January. And just a few months later, in April, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space.
However, while both these events were significant in terms of history, it was happenings closer to home that would affect the Carroll children the most. That’s because in 1961 their father George apparently disappeared from their family home – never to return again. And all that the man left in his wake was a trail of unanswered questions.
After George went missing, his wife, Dorothy, apparently told their children that their father had left the house to buy cigarettes one night – and had never come home. Mysteriously though, it’s thought that he forgot to take his wallet. Given the curiosities of Dorothy’s account, then, her son Mike – who was just eight months old at the time of his dad’s alleged disappearance – never quite bought it.