Real Name: Madeline Strauss
Case: Lost Teacher
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Details: Forty-five-year-old Deloris Brooks is searching for her beloved music teacher, Madeline Strauss, who helped change her life. Deloris was just a teenager when she moved to Brooklyn from North Carolina in 1962. She was shy and scared of living in a big city. She also had problems at home and was afraid of being in a new school.
On her first day at Decatur Junior High, however, she met Madeline. She was different from any teacher that Deloris had before. She introduced Deloris to a new world of music that she had never experienced before. The two became close friends; on several occasions, Madeline invited Deloris to the apartment that she shared with her father. She even took Deloris to a symphony and helped her buy new clothes for the event.
The care that Madeline gave to Deloris helped to increase her self-image and self-esteem. However, the two were forced to say goodbye in June of 1964, when Deloris graduated from junior high. Without the positive influence in her life, Deloris life turned for the worse. Family problems led her to run away from home. She dropped out of school and eventually became a ward of the court.
In 1966, Deloris became affected by a disease that she believes was Reye's syndrome. She spent nearly a month in the hospital, with most of that time being in a coma. She recovered, but was left with partial amnesia. In the summer of 1967, she was stopped on the street by Madeline. However, due to her affliction, she could not remember her former teacher. The two saw each other a few more times after that, but Deloris could still not remember her.
Deloris went on to complete her education and later became a nurse. In 1982, she was working at a Chicago hospital when she mentioned living in Brooklyn. A doctor stopped her and said that he had also lived there. The two soon realized that they were former classmates. He mentioned Madeline, and at that point, Deloris's memories of her former teacher returned to her. Now, she is now looking for Madeline to thank her for changing her life.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 20, 1993 episode.