June 1, 2014

The Skeleton Crew

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How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases
Deborah Halber

Long before the popularity of forensic crime shows like CSI, amateur sleuths began using the Internet to gather clues and connect with one another to help identify the unidentified remains of missing persons—tens of thousands across the United States alone. Using a number of regional unsolved crimes as a framework, including Kentucky’s “Tent Girl” and Provincetown’s “Lady of the Dunes,” Halber draws on interviews with medical examiners, police investigators, coroners, and the web sleuths themselves for an intriguing look at this crime-fighting society.