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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).

Naples man accused of child pornography receives $359K bond

Missing cat’s owners tell of joy as ‘Ireland’s own Ace Ventura’ joins …

Ireland’s very own Ace Ventura, who strayed from his accountancy studies to pursue his unusual career, has rescued almost 4,500 missing pets throughout Europe, Asia, South Africa and the USA.

In his highest profile case he came to the aide of Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock after her beloved pooch disappeared from its plush Los Angeles kennel.

Read more at: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/missing-cats-owners-tell-of-joy-as-irelands-own-ace-ventura-joins-the-search-36413738.html

Exclusive: New Steven Avery Video Proves He Was Framed, ‘Making a Murderer’ Defense Attorney Says

A never-before-seen video shows that evidence against the subject of the hit documentary Making a Murderer must have been planted or fabricated, defense attorney Kathleen Zellner tells Newsweek.

The video is one of multiple experiments Zellner conducted to show faults in key evidence used to convict Steven Avery of murder in his 2007 trial. Zellner described the videos in court papers she filed this summer as part of his appeal, and she filed the actual videos with the court on Friday.

One of the videos shows an experiment where Zellner tried to re-create the chain of events police and prosecutors said led them to find a key belonging to Avery’s victim near a bookshelf in his bedroom after they had searched the room multiple times. Another of the videos shows a blood spatter experiment, during which Zellner and her team dripped blood on and inside a car to disprove a central prosecutorial theory.

Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/steven-avery-making-murderer-appeal-wrongful-conviction-police-prosecutor-key-750323

Missing cat’s owners tell of joy at support by the public

The disappearance of Spencer the cat has left his owners Michael McGrath and Marta Larkin distraughtThe disappearance of Spencer the cat has left his owners Michael McGrath and Marta Larkin distraught

The disappearance of Spencer the cat has left his owners Michael McGrath and Marta Larkin distraught

By Brett Campbell

December 16 2017

The west Belfast “family” of missing cat Spencer have been inundated with support following their £1,000 search for their beloved pet.

Michael McGrath (47) and his fiancee Marta Larkin (36) launched the desperate appeal after Spencer vanished nearly a month ago.

“We have been overwhelmed by the

Read more at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/missing-cats-owners-tell-of-joy-at-support-by-the-public-36412562.html

Late-night helicopter over Plymouth was helping with missing …

A police helicopter flying low over Plymouth late at night was helping with a missing person search.

Readers got in touch to report the aircraft hovering over various parts of the city on Friday night.

And the reason for its presence has since been explained by a PCSO.

PCSO Adam Bell tweeted to tell followers the police helicopter was in the area as part of the mission to find Edith Harrison , who had been last seen in William Prance Road at about 2.45pm on Friday.

It is not clear whether Edith has been found, or if the search continues on Saturday morning.

PCSO Bell said: “The helicopter is assisting with an area search for Edith Harrison, last seen on William Prance Road at 2.45pm.

“She is a white female, 5ft 5ins tall, approximately 10 stone, very light blonde hair, black lace-up shoes, pale clue knitted jumper, black trousers and black coat.”

Anyone with

Read more at: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/late-night-helicopter-over-plymouth-935434

Editorial: Tis the season to be jolly … jolly frazzled

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is upon us.

It is upon us like a giant tsunami of gift-hunting; food-bingeing; crowd-negotiating, party-hopping, advert-blaring, charity-supporting festivity.

You can’t escape it, even if you put on your “Bah humbug” T-shirt. It’s over-sized, over-excited, over-the-top and over here, there and everywhere.

Tis the season to be jolly … jolly frazzled for many of us.

So as we hunker down into survival mode, it’s a case of trying to enjoy it, trying to meet the expectations of those around us (always trying to remember those less fortunate) and trying not to get too stressed.

And each year, Christmas produces some new quirk to test those survival skills.

This year it is Christmas Car Park Rage, which has been identified by those who study these things as a new and

Read more at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/shopping/news/article.cfm?c_id=318&objectid=11960663

Mt. Juliet man indicted in child pornography case

If you headed out to see the lights at Jellystone Park in years past, you might remember a long wait in traffic. Since last year, a zoning issue caused the lights to move one county over. Is this new spot getting a break from that congestion? The key might be when you go.

Read more at: http://www.wsmv.com/story/37080510/mt-juliet-man-indicted-in-child-pornography-case

Victim dragged during Petersburg carjacking remains unconscious …

PETERSBURG, Va. – Authorities are asking for the public’s help as a Petersburg cajacking victims remains hospitalized.

The incident happened when a suspect stole the victim’s pickup truck in the 1700 block of Boydton Plank Road reportedly around 9:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Emanuel Chambliss with Petersburg Police said Friday evening that the victim remains unconscious, but is in stable condition at an area hospital.

Chambliss said the victim’s injuries were likely sustained when they were dragged holding onto the pickup.

Petersburg Police and Virginia State Police are conducting a joint investigation.

“We are still asking that anyone that may have witnessed the incident to contact either agency,” Chambliss said.

Sources said the vehicle stolen was a 2016 Dodge pickup truck, white in color, VA Registration VXZ3294.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/12/15/i-85-boydton-plank-road-carjacking/

Remains Found In a Box Left In a Shed Linked to Missing Brothers …

Michigan police are investigating whether the partial remains of three children found in the shed of a rental home in Missoula, Montana, could belong to brothers missing for almost decade.

Authorities are attempting to determine if the remains, which included fragments of bones and teeth, are those of three brothers who went missing in Michigan in 2010: Alexander, 9, Andrew, 7, and Tanner Skelton, 5.

Michigan State Police confirmed Thursday that they are investigating whether the bones that were found in September belong to the siblings.

“MSP investigators are working with Missoula police to determine if there is any connection to Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton who were reported missing from Morenci in Lenawee County the day after Thanksgiving in 2010, the state police said Thursday. “There has been nothing previously reported to police linking the brothers to Montana, and it is not known at this time if the remains are from related

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/police-investigating-possible-connections-between-human-remains-three-missing-brothers/