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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).

Pennsylvania man gets five years in child-porn case – Herald

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Making the Netflix crime series ‘The Keepers’ was ‘sickening’ for filmmaker Ryan White

A year ahead of “Spotlight” winning the best picture Academy Award, and months ahead of the premiere of the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” filmmaker Ryan White was hard at work in Baltimore, looking into a decades-old murder.

The 1969 killing of Sister Cathy Cesnik was the genesis of White’s “The Keepers,” a new seven-part series that just dropped on Netflix.

As White dug deeper into the nun’s still-unsolved murder over the course of three years, his documentary series shifted into a tale of pedophile priests and an apparently well-orchestrated coverup by local Roman Catholic leaders, all bound together by the heartbreaking accounts of several victims of sexual abuse.

Unlike the professional Boston Globe journalists at the center of “Spotlight,” a lot of the investigative work in “The Keepers” was performed by ordinary citizens who were compelled to bring the killer or killers of Cathy Cesnik and another local woman to justice.

Ryan White

Read more at: http://www.scpr.org/programs/the-frame/2017/05/23/56952/making-netflix-crime-series-the-keepers-ryan-white/

Harrah’s Beach Party featuring Tone Loc & Coolio


Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer in the Colorado River area and many resorts are celebrating in a big way. One of the biggest celebrations may be Harrah’s Laughlin’s Beach Party.
The party takes place on Harrah’s beach right along the river on Saturday, May 27 (8 p.m.-midnight) with special appearances by rappers Tone Loc and Coolio.
The party is for ages 21 and above and free to attend. Beverages and foods will be sold separately.
Tone Loc will perform his hit songs, “Wild Thing,” and “Funky Cold Medina,” while Coolio will perform his hip-hop anthem “Gangsta’s Paradise,” that earned him a Grammy Award and was prominently featured in the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer.
The party is sponsored by Corona.

More about Tone Loc

Read more at: http://laughlinentertainer.com/?p=5243

Child porn continually tracked back to Fargo area

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): It’s a situation Valley News Live has been following since late last week, child porn continually being tracked back to people in Fargo. We’ve obtained more search warrants since two men were charged Friday, detailing how agents dug back through cyberspace.

Videos and pictures showing girls believed to be as young as four years old and a series flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: those are files agents of Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) say are connected to specific computers used by people in the Fargo area.

It works like this: BCI searches the Internet Crimes Against Children database looking for specific IP addresses that have been seen associated with specific torrent files. Think of your IP address as your unique computer’s id online.

A torrent is a file containing other files and folders as well as usually a list of

Read more at: http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/Child-porn-continually-tracked-back-to-Fargo-area-423934744.html

Missing girl found safe as volunteers prepared to hit the streets

The family of a missing Gadsden girl got the good news Monday afternoon — Gadsden police located 15-year-old Alexus “Lexi” Richards, and she was safe.

At that time, she had been missing for a week and her family was frantic for news of her location. Even as the call came that she was safe, family, friends and community members had gathered to search with members of the Center for Search and Investigation — an organization with chapters nationally and internationally to assist in searches such as this one.

Leah Hitchcock-Davis is the state coordinator for CFSI. The organization’s goal is simple, she said: When a child is reported missing, they work to see that child is “found safe,” as the missing Gadsden girl was Monday.

CFSI has three divisions, she said. CFSI is the investigation and advocate arm of the group; Bikers Urban Response

Read more at: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20170523/missing-girl-found-safe-as-volunteers-prepared-to-hit-streets

Child porn investigation leads Moorhead police to convicted sex offender

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KFGO) – An online child pornography investigation has led police to a predatory sex offender in Moorhead.

A search warrant affidavit says investigators seized two tablets, a keyboard, cellphone and CD from the home of 33-year-old Justin Worcester-Jordan.

Court documents say Jordan was convicted of criminal sexual conduct for molesting a six-year-old girl in 1997. In 2006, he was convicted of another sex crime in Texas.

The investigation began after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Charges have not been filed.  The case is under review by the Clay County Attorney’s office.

Read more at: http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2017/may/23/child-porn-investigation-leads-moorhead-police-to-convicted-sex-offender/

Technology’s role in human trafficking cannot be ignored

Four years ago, I met a young woman, let’s call her Sarah, who was bought and sold for sex for much of her childhood. She told me about being sold to a dozen men most nights. And even though Sarah would tell some of the buyers that she was just a girl, underage and in need, none of them ever did anything to help.

The sexual exploitation of children is difficult to talk about. The idea that some would take advantage of victims so vulnerable and powerless is appalling just to consider. But what’s even harder to admit is that this abuse happens every day, right here at home, in communities all around us. Sarah isn’t from a country far away; she grew up here in the U.S.

Having met Sarah and many other victims of trafficking, most the same age as my own daughters are now, it’s

Read more at: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/lawmaker-news/334732-technologys-role-in-human-trafficking-cannot-be-ignored

State Police seek John Doe warrant in missing person case

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia State Police investigators are expected to seek a warrant for a man last seen with Kara Jeffrey, 21, of Barboursville, who has been missing since May 1 and is believed to be in danger.

Cpl. Isaac Harmon said the WVSP will seek a “John Doe warrant” for the arrest of a man going by the alias Jeff Cooper, who they believe Jeffrey is with.

“I’m going to research the legalities behind that,” he said. “We don’t do it very much, but if all we have to go off of is a positive photo and alias (we can do it).”

Jeffrey had been living in Fairmont, West Virginia, but went missing on May 1 after she traveled to Huntington to see Cooper near W.Va 75. She is described an Asian female, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 140 pounds, with an athletic build.

The search for Jeffrey has since expanded into

Read more at: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/_recent_news/state-police-seek-john-doe-warrant-in-missing-person-case/article_95062692-3fd3-11e7-a395-3b2bd88d814d.html

Police reignite search for missing woman

MIAMI COUNTY — The Piqua Police Department, with help from Troy Police and Miami County Sheriff’s Office officials, closed the search of a Troy home for evidence related to a Piqua woman missing since 2010 late afternoon on Tuesday.

Officials from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Cold Case unit assisted in the search for evidence relating to the disappearance of Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, of Piqua, who was reported missing on Oct. 1, 2010.

A few items were recovered from the excavation of the backyard of the home as well as the garage area, according to Chief Deputy Marty Grove. Grove said those items will be examined at the Montgomery County Crime Lab for analysis. It may be several months before results will be available.

“There wasn’t anything significant that was located today, but then again it wasn’t a typical day in our investigation. But this cultivated in a lot of man hours that

Read more at: http://tdn-net.com/news/23047/police-reignite-search-for-missing-woman