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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).

Let’s play pet detective at MHS

Does a boxer really box? Is a German shepherd really from Germany? And were Boston terriers disappointed in this year’s Super Bowl loss?

The origins of dog breeds can be fun to delve into.

The boxer breed came into existence in the 1800s when a now-extinct breed called the Bullenbeisser was bred with the English bulldog. The American Kennel Club attests that the breed reached its greatest perfection in Germany during the past hundred years. The boxer springs from a line of dogs known throughout the whole of Europe since the 16th century. Prior to that time, ancestors of the breed would hardly be recognized as boxers if placed beside modern specimens.

Still, evidence points to the boxer as one of the many descendants of the old fighting dog of the high valleys of Tibet. So, maybe they are accustomed to a little sparring.

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America acknowledges that, in

Read more at: http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/family_ties/let-s-play-pet-detective-at-mhs/article_e3e96ffa-18d4-11e8-ae88-9f9c18909ddc.html

Free after 22 years: Man visits UIS to thank those who exonerated him – The State Journal

A 61-year-old man who spent more than 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit said he doesn’t see any reason to be angry.

“I’m overwhelmed. I don’t think being bitter is going to help me,” William “Bill” Amor said Friday during an interview at the University of Illinois Springfield, home of the Illinois Innocence Project.

Amor was convicted of arson and murder in connection with a Sept. 10, 1995, fire in Naperville that killed his mother-in-law. The fire occurred in an apartment that Amor and his wife shared with his wife’s mother.

Attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project say Amor gave a false confession after 15 hours of questioning.

Larry Golden, founding director of the Innocence Project, said that in the false confession, Amor said he poured vodka on newspapers and then used a cigarette to light the fire.

“At

Read more at: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180223/free-after-22-years-man-visits-uis-to-thank-those-who-exonerated-him

Mount Pleasant man arrested in child pornography investigation

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Read more at: http://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mount-pleasant-man-arrested-in-child-pornography-investigation/article_90bf1f9d-6d5e-5fdc-83a9-49a827d10b80.html

Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years …

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/23/malcolm-alexander-case-exonerated-and-released-after-38-years-he-leaves-prison-with-a-puppy/

Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years, He Leaves Prison With a Puppy

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/23/malcolm-alexander-case-exonerated-and-released-after-38-years-he-leaves-prison-with-a-puppy/

Four Suspects Wanted for Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Girl

Charles County, Maryland, authorities are searching for four men who forced a teenage girl inside an SUV, held her at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her.

The 16-year-old girl was walking on Melrose Court in Waldorf about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, when she noticed a dark-colored vehicle pass by her several times. The driver stopped and a man got out of the vehicle ans started talking to her. Another man then got out and the two suspects dragged the girl to the vehicle and forced her inside, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said.

Two more suspects were inside the vehicle. The armed men then sexually assaulted the girl, police said. About 3 a.m., they pushed her out of the vehicle and took off.

The girl told police she started walking to a convenience store for help and an elderly man helped her and drove her back to where

Read more at: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Four-Suspects-Abduct-Sexually-Assault-16-Year-Old-Girl-in-Charles-County-475007063.html

Police appeal to help trace missing person last seen in MK – CitiBlog

Police are seeking the public’s help to trace a 23-year-old woman who was last seen at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Estefania Gomez was last seen at the Hospital yesterday (22/02) at about 2.30pm. She is described as a white woman of about 5ft 7ins tall, with a slim build and light brown shoulder length hair.

When she was last seen, she was wearing a black jacket and grey jogging bottoms. She has a scorpion tattoo on the right side of her torso.

Estefania is known to frequent the Milton Keynes area and also has connections in Barking, London.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Rhianne Connor, said, “We are concerned for Estefania’s well-being and are working to locate her.

“She is vulnerable and does not have access to money, so I would ask anyone who sees her or has any information which could help us find her to please call us.

“Anyone with any details should call

Read more at: http://citiblog.co.uk/2018/02/23/police-appeal-help-trace-missing-person-last-seen-mk/

Police appeal to help trace missing person last seen in MK

Police are seeking the public’s help to trace a 23-year-old woman who was last seen at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Estefania Gomez was last seen at the Hospital yesterday (22/02) at about 2.30pm. She is described as a white woman of about 5ft 7ins tall, with a slim build and light brown shoulder length hair.

When she was last seen, she was wearing a black jacket and grey jogging bottoms. She has a scorpion tattoo on the right side of her torso.

Estefania is known to frequent the Milton Keynes area and also has connections in Barking, London.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Rhianne Connor, said, “We are concerned for Estefania’s well-being and are working to locate her.

“She is vulnerable and does not have access to money, so I would ask anyone who sees her or has any information which could help us find her to please call us.

“Anyone with any details should call

Read more at: http://citiblog.co.uk/2018/02/23/police-appeal-help-trace-missing-person-last-seen-mk/