Mary Roach meets C.S.I. in this “lively study that’s part whodunit, part sociological study…The result is eminently entertaining and will be devoured by armchair detectives” (Publishers Weekly).
Currently, upwards of forty thousand people in America are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It’s DIY CSI, solving cold cases from the comfort of your living room…
In an “absorbing look at a very odd corner of our world” (The Seattle Times), The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes–wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement—and one another—at matching missing persons with unidentified remains. These web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies.
There is “no better guide for navigating this multifaceted world than Deborah Halber’s book” (Psychology Today), and The Skeleton Crew probes the macabre underside of the Internet and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth. “Engaging and artful” (Los Angeles Times Review of Books), this witty and insightful look at the fleeting nature of identity is “brilliant” (The Wall Street Journal).
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Just days after his twin brother was arrested, a track coach at San Jose’s Oak Grove High School has been detained on similar child pornography charges, authorities said.
San Jose police said 47-year-old Clinton Pappadakis has been booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of possession of child pornography. His twin brother, Clifford, was arrested on Feb. 14 for possessing child pornography.
San Jose Police officer Gina Tepoorten said the arrests came from separate investigations and the first arrest didn’t lead to the other.
“One was a tip that came through NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children), and the other came from parents,” Tepoorten said.
The East Side Union High School District released a statement saying Clinton Pappadakis had been relieved of his duties as a track coach at Oak Grove High School.
WALTHAM, Mass. — Authorities say human remains found in Waltham are believed to be those of a 73-year-old woman who went missing last year.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that a preliminary investigation identified the woman as Sara LaRoche, who was reported missing in May. Officials say there were no signs of foul play.
LaRoche may have suffered from dementia, only spoke Haitian-Creole and had recently moved to Waltham from Florida, according to the National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Several state and local agencies searched for LaRoche after she was reported missing.
The remains were found Wednesday in a remote wooded area.
The medical examiner’s office will try to determine the cause of death and confirm the identity of the remains.
Fifty-five-year-old Jimmy Genrich of Grand Junction, Colorado, has been in prison for nearly 25 years for series of bombings he has long said he did not commit. His conviction for the bombings that terrified residents of Grand Junction was based primarily on something called explosives toolmark analysis, a pattern-matching process akin to the controversial art of bite mark analysis, which provided the only physical evidence connecting Genrich to the crimes.
In a deeply-researched longread for the The Nation, Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth wrote about Genrich’s case, which has been taken up by the Innocence Project. In the course of their research, the reporters examined thousands of pages of trial transcripts, and interviewed dozens of prosecutors, defense attorneys, and scientists, which let them to conclude there was “a startling lack of scientific support for forensic pattern-matching techniques such as toolmark analysis,” that our legal system “has failed to
An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by the Sikeston Department of Public Safety for a missing 16-year-old female.
According to police, Reilidid Mendoza-Salinas went missing from Pine Street in Sikeston, Missouri at 3 p.m. on February 22.
She is a Hispanic female, age 16, 5 feet, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, olive complexion, wearing a rose gold shirt, silk pants, and gray tennis shoes.
She is believed to be with Ignacio V. Carmona, age 18-19. He is a Hispanic male with black hair, brown eyes, olive complexion.
Police said they may be driving a burnt orange Dodge Charger bearing an unknown registration from an unknown state.
Mendoza-Salinas was last seen around 3 p.m. on February 22. Carmona reportedly called the mother of Mendoza-Salinas and stated she was with him and they would not see her again. Mendoza-Salinas has not been seen