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How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases

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).

Colorado, US children are increasingly getting trapped in child porn

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There has been a rise in child abuse cases in Northern Colorado in recent years. Here are some signs to look for and resources to help.
Chris Abshire

There’s an exploding epidemic of child pornography in Colorado and across the nation. And parents can be completely unaware their children are at risk, a Rocky Mountain PBS investigation finds.

That’s what happened to “Beth.” The horrifying revelation started the day she came home from work and found a business card from an FBI agent on her front door.

“Immediately our hearts sank,” she said. “We thought, why is the FBI contacting us?”

Beth

Read more at: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/local/colorado/2018/02/23/colorado-u-s-children-increasingly-getting-trapped-child-porn/367801002/

Mount Pleasant man arrested for child pornography

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Corpus Christi ISD band director charged with distributing child porn – Corpus Christi Caller

A CCISD band teacher has been arrested on a federal charge of distributing  child pornography. 

Parker J. Pendergraph, 28, was arrested Thursday afternoon and is expected to appear in federal court Friday in Corpus Christi, according to an U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

More: Corpus Christi ISD: Assistant band director accused of distributing child porn will be fired

Corpus Christi Independent School District spokeswoman Leanne Winkler Libby confirmed he was suspended with pay. 

She confirmed he was hired in July 2015 as an assistant band director at Carroll High School. He also taught at Browne and Grant Middle Schools, although Carroll was his primary campus.

He has been certified to teach music in Texas since 2012, according to the Texas Education

Read more at: http://www.caller.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/22/corpus-christi-band-director-charged-distributing-child-pornography-carroll-high-school/365355002/

Twin San Jose Teachers Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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.

“The employee has been released from

Read more at: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/02/23/twin-san-jose-teachers-arrested-child-porn-charges/

MISSING: Police searching Herriman for missing, endangered man …

HERRIMAN, Utah — Unified Police are searching for a missing, endangered Herriman man who has autism.

Police say 20-year-old Tanner Oblad was last seen Wednesday around 11 a.m. when he left for school at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville.

He was last seen at his home in the area of 6000 West and 13770 South.

Police say Oblad has high-functioning autism.

They say he is considered missing and endangered because he has been missing more than 24 hours and has autism.

Police said they are also concerned because he left without his wallet or cell phone, which is out of character for him.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, Oblad was last seen wearing a slate blue parka, blue jeans and black snow boots. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Oblad often travels on UTA buses and TRAX.

Neighbors say they know Oblad well.

“He’s been the best neighbor in the world, that’s the

Read more at: http://fox13now.com/2018/02/22/unified-police-seek-help-locating-missing-herriman-man/

Officials: Human remains were those of missing woman | Boston …

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.

Read more at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/02/officials_human_remains_were_those_of_missing_woman

Netflix best true crime documentaries list: Real-life murders, cold cases


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  • The true crime genre has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to shows like Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.”
  • Netflix has plenty of true crime documentaries available to stream. We picked 11 of the best ones for you.

The true crime genre was popular before Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” but the success of that show (and podcast Serial), has propelled the

Read more at: http://uk.businessinsider.com/netflix-best-true-crime-documentaries-list-real-life-murders-cold-cases-2018-2

Making a Murderer to get follow-up series on Netflix

Netflix phenomenon Making a Murderer is set to get a follow-up series that will explore a different side to the Stephen Avery case.

The first series focused on the murder of Teresa Halbach and tried to uncover whether Steven Avery, who had been convicted for the crime, was really guilty.

The follow-up series Convicting a Murderer will look at district attorney Ken Kratz and other police officers on the ‘law enforcement side of the story’.

In a statement, creator Shawn Rech said that it will ‘take a broader perspective’ on the case.

“When Making a Murderer was produced, many on the law enforcement side of the story could not, or would not, participate in the series, which resulted in a one-sided analysis of the case.

“This docu-series will examine the case and the allegations of police wrongdoing from a broader perspective.

 “It will also share with viewers the traumatic effects of

Read more at: https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/making-a-murderer-to-get-followup-series-on-netflix-a3774431.html

Innocence Project Says DOJ is Turning Dangerously Away From Ensuring that Forensic Testimony is Guided by …

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

Read more at: http://witnessla.com/innocence-project-says-doj-is-turning-dangerously-away-from-ensuring-that-forensic-testimony-is-guided-by-science-not-law-enforcement-prosecutors/

Endangered Person Advisory for missing 16-year-old out of Sikeston, MO

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) –

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

Read more at: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/37575055/endangered-person-advisory-for-missing-16-year-old-out-of-sikeston-mo