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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).

Buda Police Seeks Help Locating Missing Person

Buda Police Department is asking for the community’s help in locating a missing person, who was last seen Monday, Jan. 15.

DATE LAST SEEN – Jan. 15, 2018

LOCATION LAST SEEN – 1380 Cabela’s Drive, Buda, TX

On Jan 15, 2018, Buda Police Department took a report for a missing person. David Paul Dvorchak (07/10/1948) was last seen at his residence, leaving for an appointment at 2500 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX. Dvorchak has severe medical issues, and must be located immediately.

Dvorchak (Pictured Left) is described as a 69 year-old, white male, approximately 6’02” and 270 lbs., a full head of graying brown hair, hazel eyes, large torso and small legs.

Dvorchak was last

Read more at: https://smcorridornews.com/buda-police-seeks-help-locating-missing-person/

Officials believe missing Tennessee sisters may be in Kentucky

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating two missing children.

Kayla, 17, and her sister Brooke, 14, went missing from Springfield, Tennessee, last Friday.

Kayla has brown hair and blue eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 134 pounds.

Brooke has red hair and hazel eyes, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 128 pounds.

No description of the clothing they were last seen wearing was given.

Authorities believe the children may be in Kentucky or Missouri.

Anyone with information is asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or the Robertson County Sheriff Office at 615-384-4911.

Read more at: http://www.wlky.com/article/officials-believe-missing-tennessee-sisters-may-be-in-kentucky/15336643

Jim Carrey’s Best Ever Film, As Voted By You, Is ‘Bruce Almighty’

Jim Carrey, the man who could probably make a funeral director laugh with his intense slapstick comedy, is no doubt gurning with glee right now as he celebrates his 56th birthday today.

CHECK OUT JIM IN BRUCE ALMIGHTY BELOW:

Credit: Buena Vista International

In honour of Jim’s birthday we set up a poll tournament – similar to the World Cup of Crisps – to find out your favourite Jim Carrey movie. The results came as something of a shock as 12,907 of you plumped for… Bruce Almighty.

Yep, the 2003 ‘what if a normal dude became God?’ comedy film beat out 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as your top pick, winning by 53 percent to Carrey’s goofball breakthrough comedy in our final Twitter poll. Alllllrighty then.

The film controversially knocked out big-hitters like Dumb and Dumber and The Mask on the way to claiming the crown, making it the Jim Carrey equivalent of Greece.

Read more at: http://www.ladbible.com/entertainment/film-and-tv-jim-carreys-best-ever-film-as-voted-by-you-is-bruce-almighty-20180117

Dayton Police need help locating suspicious missing person


The story of racist basketball jerseys that drew national media attention continues to shake up the Kings school community with Tuesday’s resignation of a school board member, setting up a scenario for a new member joining the district’s governing board.


MORE: Racist basketball jerseys and teacher’s ‘lynching’ remark have Kings, Mason schools in controversy

Former Kings Board of Education Vice President Kerry McKiernan did not attend the final public meeting of his term where fellow members voted 4-0 to accept his resignation.

McKiernan had earlier cited his own failure in

Read more at: http://www.whio.com/news/local/dayton-police-need-help-locating-suspicious-missing-person/B8AyPKvqV2GBqYAafzWOwO/

15 Things You Never Knew About David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’

Underappreciated when it came out a decade ago, “Zodiac” is now widely considered David Fincher‘s best film.

The 2007 drama, which chronicles the notorious San Francisco slayings of the late 1960s, is more than just another serial killer thriller from the director of “Seven” — it’s a meditation on the pursuit of truth, a quest that sometimes goes frustratingly unfulfilled. “Zodiac” also marked a career highlight for its trio of sleuths, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, a cast that would be difficult to assemble today without a truckload of cash and some superhero costumes.

Even for longtime Fincher fans who’ve seen “Zodiac” multiple times, the film itself offers some still-ambiguous mysteries. Perhaps we can put some of them to rest in the items below.
1. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt had been fascinated with the Zodiac case

Read more at: https://www.moviefone.com/2018/01/17/zodiac-david-fincher-movie-trivia/

Llama sculpture destroyed at Northern Virginia private school

A sculpture of three llamas that has become a symbol and emblem of the private Potomac School in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC has been severely damaged in an apparent act of vandalism, according to authorities.

In an announcement made on Tuesday, the Fairfax County police said the McLean-based school is offering a $5000 reward for the arrest and prosecution of whoever destroyed the sculpture. In addition to the school’s reward, as much as $1,000 may be available from the Crime Solvers program, according to police.

The heads were broken off each of the three llamas depicted in the sculpture, the police said. One of the heads is presumed stolen, the police said. Two others were apparently located on the school grounds.

According to the police, the vandalism occurred at the school in the 1300 block of Potomac School Road between the evening of December 21 and the

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/cherished-llama-sculpture-destroyed-at-northern-virginia-private-school/2018/01/17/1751bf42-fb4c-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html

On this day: January 17 – KYMA

2011: Music publisher, promoter and producer Don Kirshner, known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” for his success with bands such as The Monkees, Kansas and The Archies, dies of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kirshner, seen here with Dionne Warwick, Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John in 1974, was also influential in starting off the careers of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Carole King. In April 14, 2012, he was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Read more at: http://www.kyma.com/news/on-this-day-january-17/687027097

On this day: January 17

2011: Music publisher, promoter and producer Don Kirshner, known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” for his success with bands such as The Monkees, Kansas and The Archies, dies of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kirshner, seen here with Dionne Warwick, Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John in 1974, was also influential in starting off the careers of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Carole King. In April 14, 2012, he was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Read more at: http://www.kyma.com/news/on-this-day-january-17/687027097

Celebrity Birthdays – January 17: Comedic genius Jim Carrey turns 56

• James Eugene Carrey (56)

Best known as Jim Carrey, is one of the biggest movie stars of all time. He grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada with three older siblings and was brought up in a Roman Catholic home.

The Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter and producer first became known in the public eye in 1990 when he got a role in a comedy TV series called In Living Color.

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He then got his lead roles in bigger productions such as in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and  Batman Forever (1995).

Read more at: https://southcoastherald.co.za/259930/celebrity-birthdays-january-17-comedic-genius-jim-carrey-turns-56/