Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sad YouTube: The Lost Treasures Of The Internet’s Greatest Cesspool

This story of this drag-racing accident, which happened so many decades ago, has haunted me in the year since I first read it. So I tracked Mike Mennen down.

“That was the first time I’d ever heard that song,” he told me over the phone, after I’d located him using some quick internet detective work. It was 1962, the year of the song’s release, and Mennen was then 13 years old, living in Burlington, Iowa. His mother was playing bridge at his aunt’s house when, out of boredom, he decided to go to a convenience store across the street from a bar called Joe’s Inn.

“There was a big main street called Harrison, and the kids used to drag race there,” he said. “Back then, the kids all used CB radios — they’d use them to get together and tell everybody that there were no cops or traffic around. So, they

Read more at:

Wecht gets role on cold case unit – Tribune

Wecht gets role on cold case unit

Cyril Wecht doesn’t need the extra work.

The famed Pittsburgh forensic pathologist, who has investigated suspicious and controversial deaths from John F. Kennedy to JonBenet Ramsey, has a lot on his plate. But the opportunity to work with other great forensic minds at the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases was too great to pass up.

“I’m delighted to be involved with this. It’s a contribution that I feel I can make to the overall field of forensic science, not that I need the additional work,” said Wecht, 82, the former Allegheny County coroner from Squirrel Hill.

“It’s something I can be enthusiastic about, and

Read more at: