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Amateur detective catches alleged package thief

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
September 20, 2017 6:07 pm

A Bangor man says he decided to play detective after his home security camera recorded someone stealing packages from his Essex Street front porch on Sunday.

“They sat right down on my porch and put the packages into their backpack,” Tom Pasternack said.

“Me and a bunch of friends went looking for the person but with no luck,” he said.

Pasternack then decided to set up alerts with his surveillance camera so that he would be notified on his cellphone if anyone stepped onto the porch.

“Monday morning

Read more at: https://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/20/news/bangor/amateur-detective-catches-alleged-package-thief/

Amateur Sleuths Close In on Suspect in Case of a Stolen Rabbit

On June 28, the police of the 23rd Precinct wrote on Facebook that they expected “an imminent arrest” of Sunny’s captor.


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Nothing happened.

The rabbit volunteers kicked into high gear. They put up a $1,000 reward. Mr. Allieri, a publicist, had 200 fliers printed. He received a tip that the thief lived on West 172nd Street in Washington Heights. He put up fliers and asked passers-by if they had seen Sunny.

Pieces started falling into place. Many people told Mr. Allieri that they had seen a man carrying around a gray rabbit. They mentioned his name.

Mr. Allieri found someone with that name on Facebook who resembled the man on the shelter’s surveillance video.

The suspect’s name is being withheld from this article because the police have not confirmed it to The New York Times.

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/nyregion/rabbit-sunny-theft-shelter.html

The Keepers: A murdered nun, amateur detectives, and our fascination with true crime

In November of 1969, a young nun who taught at a prestigious Baltimore school went missing. Sister Cathy Cesnik, 29, was a great favourite of all the students at the Keough school; they were devastated when they got the news. The police launched an investigation, but no leads were forthcoming. Sister Cathy had driven down to a nearby mall to buy an engagement present for a family member at around 8.30 pm. When she didn’t return home even after several hours, her worried roommate — a Sister Russell Phillips — called a priest Cathy was friends with, and after still more time, the police.

Sister Cathy’s car was found, illegally parked about a block from her apartment building. Of Sister Cathy, there was no sign.

A still from The Keepers

A still from The Keepers

Then, two month later, her body was found in a spot that

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/the-keepers-a-murdered-nun-amateur-detectives-and-our-fascination-with-true-crime-3488753.html

Amateur detective claims wild LEOPARDS are stalking the suburbs in Australia – after finding a huge paw print in …

  • John Geragotellis, 44, spotted a 8cm cat-like imprint in northern Wollongong
  • He said the imprint belongs to a female leopard, based on his research 
  • The man claims there have been numerous big-cat sightings in New South Wales 

Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia

Surfboard company owners turn amateur sleuth after $17k scam

Two amateur detective businessmen from Queensland have sniffed out what appears to be an elaborate network of Estonian scammers after being defrauded more than $17,000.

Tim Beban and Andrew Meagher run a Gold Coast surfboard business allegedly targeted by Klaara Kodu and her brazen crime racket.

Mr Meagher said it all started with a notice from the bank saying some of their stock had been purchased online using stolen credit cards.

“A day later we had another one, then another one and then over a week period, we’d accumulated about $7,500 worth of charge backs of fraudulent credit cards,” he said.

Andrew Meagher (right) and Tim Beban (left) had $17,000 worth of surfboards fraudulently purchased off them before they turned amateur detective


Read more at: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/04/05/19/41/surfboard-company-owners-turn-amateur-sleuth-after-17k-scam

Spokane County has identified one missing person using amateur sleuth’s help – The Spokesman

When Donald Nyden’s body turned up in the Spokane River last summer, it didn’t take long to figure out who he was.

That’s largely because the medical examiner’s office asked for help from an unlikely source: Carl Koppelman, a former accountant from Southern California who’s something of a guru in the art of drawing the dead.

Nyden was 68 when someone found his body caught in some waterlogged branches near Browne’s Addition on June 4. He’d been a drifter, apparently spending time at homeless camps along the river.

Authorities thought he had been in the water for several days. They didn’t know his name.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office sent Koppelman a few photos of the autopsy. A day later he returned a portrait, having restored a sense of life to Nyden’s features – from the wrinkles under his eyes to the texture of his beard.

It was an image fit for

Read more at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/05/spokane-county-has-identified-one-missing-person-u/

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).

Why the Internet’s Amateur Detectives Love True Crime


If you haven’t yet watched Making a Murderer, the ten-part Netflix documentary that examines in detail the muddy and possibly fabricated murder case against Steven Avery, a notoriously wrongly imprisoned Wisconsin man, you’ve probably seen one of the many blog posts written about the series. Or maybe you’ve come across a heated discussion on Facebook about Avery’s guilt or innocence. Or maybe you’ve glanced at one of the many Reddit threads devoted to untangling some of the trial’s more complicated pieces of evidence. Or maybe you just know about it because the parody account devoted to Avery’s defense lawyers was retweeted into your feed.

The internet has taken to Making a Murderer just as it took to the This American Life podcast Serial and HBO’s documentary The

Read more at: http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/01/making-a-making-a-murderer-memer.html

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain’s …

  • DNA evidence on a shawl found at Ripper murder scene nails killer
  • By testing descendants of victim and suspect, identifications were made
  • Jack the Ripper has been identified as Polish-born Aaron Kosminski
  • Kosminski was a suspect when the Ripper murders took place in 1888
  • Hairdresser Kosminski lived in Whitechapel and was later put in an asylum

Russell Edwards For Mail On Sunday

The Searchers: Amateur Web Sleuths Are Teaming Up to Solve Cold Cases Online

(Photo: imagineerinx/Shutterstock)

(Photo: imagineerinx/Shutterstock)

In the fall of 1987, a high school senior named Todd Matthews became obsessed with his first mystery corpse. The dead woman had been found in 1968, in Georgetown, Kentucky, wrapped in a tarp. People called her Tent Girl. Matthews felt a force urging him to piece together Tent Girl’s identity, and for years he scrutinized every detail the police and journalists might have missed. He dreamed about Tent Girl appearing in his living room. He consulted a psychic. He spent so much time and money looking for Tent Girl that his wife threatened to leave him. Then, one night in 1998, up past midnight on his Compaq Presario, he found a matching missing-persons report. When a DNA test identified Tent Girl as Barbara Taylor, Matthews was in the courthouse conference room. “It was such an emotional moment for us

Read more at: https://psmag.com/social-justice/detective-cold-case-the-searchers-85215