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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).

Sheriff asks residents to sign-up to receive local alerts

Rush County 911 has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.

As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

1. Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone

2. Go to Rush County WEBSITE (www.rushcounty.in.gov) and sign up via the Nixle Widget

Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to www.nixle.com and creating a User Profile.

Nixle has been used around the country to help find missing seniors, evacuate flooded areas, and capture dangerous criminals shortly after a crime has happened. The power in the system is also its diversity of content, allowing not only those emergency alerts, but informing residents of road closures, city parades, government meetings, and other “want to know” information.

During the Rush County Fair, residents may register or

Read more at: http://www.rushvillerepublican.com/news/local_news/sheriff-asks-residents-to-sign-up-to-receive-local-alerts/article_d493c58c-8ca1-5916-9059-928a5fa00192.html

Judges: ‘Making a Murderer’ confession improperly obtained

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday.

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard. Avery was sentenced to life in a separate trial.

A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction. The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th

Read more at: http://hudsonvalley.news12.com/story/35728639/judges-making-a-murderer-confession-improperly-obtained

Camillus teens missing since Saturday found in Texas

Amarillo, Texas — Two missing 15-year-old Camillus runaways ran out of gas on a Texas interstate, were picked up by police and will be returned home to New York, Camillus police said Thursday afternoon.

Trinity Isham and Anthony P. DiCristino ran away from their homes on Saturday. Police considered Isham endangered and said she may be suicidal.

The Dodge Dart they were driving was reported as stolen and police asked for the public’s help in finding the pair.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers located the pair on Interstate 40 in the Amarillo Texas area, Camillus police said.

Camillus police looking for 15-year-old boy, girl missing since Saturday

The stolen vehicle the teens were driving had run out of gas. When a trooper stopped to investigate he determined that the car had been reported stolen and that both teens were being sought as missing persons, police said.

The teens are being held in

Read more at: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/missing_camillus_teens_found_in_texas.html

Court: Brendan Dassey, featured in case profiled in “Making a Murderer,” should be released from prison

CHICAGO (AP) – A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed that a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was coerced into confessing and should be released from prison.

Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard.

A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing.

The state Justice Department appealed the ruling to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit on Thursday affirmed the lower court and said Dassey should be freed unless the state chooses to retry him.

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‘Third-generation nudist’ pleads guilty in child-porn case

A Lancaster County man who originally claimed he was exempt from child pornography charges because he’s a “third-generation nudist” merely looking at photos of other nudists has pleaded guilty in York County Court and is expected to serve state prison time.

Donald Herbert Webb Jr., 68, of Manheim, was tracked down to a motel in Manchester Township on Feb. 13 by troopers with the state police Central Computer Crimes Unit after those troopers determined he was viewing and sharing pornographic images of children, court documents state.

Webb told troopers he would look at the images on social media and “pass them along,” documents state. Police said he shared child porn on

Read more at: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/crime/2017/06/22/third-generation-nudist-pleads-guilty-child-porn-case/420917001/

Police release video of suspected serial killer who once lived in southeast Idaho

Crime Watch

0  Updated at 2:19 pm, June 22nd, 2017 By: Idaho State Journal staff

We Matched

PRESTON — Authorities in New Hampshire recently released new video footage of a quadruple homicide suspect who once lived in Preston.

The video depicts the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California interviewing Robert “Bob” Evans during the investigation into the 2002 disappearance of his wife, Eunsoon Jun. At the time, he was living under the alias Larry Vanner.

Evans later pleaded guilty to Jun’s murder after her body was found in the crawlspace of their home. He died in prison in 2010.

The New Hampshire State Police released the 2002 video, and the law enforcement agency is looking for anybody who recognizes Evans, particularly through the mannerisms and choice of words he exhibited during the police interview.


Read more at: https://www.eastidahonews.com/2017/06/police-release-video-suspected-serial-killer-lived-southeast-idaho/

Critical Missing Person: Deborah Mahoney From DC – Washington …

WASHINGTON, DC — The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 57-year-old woman.

Deborah Mahoney was last seen in the 2000 block of Connecticut Ave., NW., on Wednesday, police said.

Police describe Mahoney as a black female, with a medium brown complexion, 5’2” in height, 145-150 pounds, with brown eyes, and salt and pepper hair combed back. She was last seen wearing a blue jacket, red and blue pants, and pink and gray shoes, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Deborah Mahoney is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.

Photo: DC Police

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Read more at: https://patch.com/district-columbia/washingtondc/critical-missing-person-deborah-mahoney-dc

Motorcyclist Kicks A Moving Car And Starts A Shitshow Of Epic Proportions

Photo: Octavio Fernandez/Facebook (screengrabs)

A motorcyclist kicked the side of what looks like a Nissan Sentra on a major highway in southern California, starting a chain reaction that ended with a truck on its roof and the Sentra in a mangled, leaky mess.

The ridiculous crash happened near Santa Clarita just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, NBC Los Angeles reports. The news site says a passenger in a trailing car started shooting video after the gray sedan “inadvertently” cut off the biker.

From there, the passenger told the site, “words went back and forth,” after which the motorcyclist decided—for a reason I cannot possibly understand—to kick the moving car. Chaos ensued:

After the kick, the sedan swerved towards the bike, nearly sending it into the divider. Then the car’s driver over-corrected and impacted

Read more at: http://jalopnik.com/motorcyclist-kicks-a-moving-car-and-starts-a-shitshow-o-1796334722