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Elizabeth Eaton "Connie" Converse was a singer-songwriter who was active in New York City in the 1950s. She disappeared in 1974. In the face of several personal issues, Converse packed up her Volkswagen bug, left a few goodbye notes to her family and friends, telling them she wanted to make a fresh start. She drove off never to be heard from again. Her family believe she took her own life, probably by driving into a lake or river.
Converse was born in New Hampshire. She dropped out of Massachusetts’ Mount Holyoke College after two years to pursue a career as an entertainer in Greenwich Village in the early ’50s. Converse was working for a printing firm, but had hopes of making it as a musician. In 1954, she recorded a set of songs in the kitchen of Gene Deitch, who had recorded Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker in the 1940s.
Unable to further her career, she left New York in 1961 for Ann Arbor, Michigan, working as managing editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan.
Her music was released in March 2009 as the compilation How Sad, How Lovely.
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Michigan State Police