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3 Hacks to Boost Your Google Search

3 Hacks to Boost Your Google Search

We've written in the past about the basics for searching in Google when doing case research. While these tips and tricks aren't Google-specific, but an old-school Boolean search. The same formula applies: using AND, OR, NOT with a word or term will bring back a ton...

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The DNA Doe Project: Nameless No More

The DNA Doe Project: Nameless No More

We come into this world nameless until someone names us. And by the power of some natural or divine set of rules, we leave it in pretty much the same fashion. A birth certificate welcomes us in. A death certificate bids us farewell like a byline to the life we just...

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8 Tips for Capturing Clues in True Crime Photos

8 Tips for Capturing Clues in True Crime Photos

Truth be told, the second I finish any compelling true crime documentary or podcast, I head straight to “Google images” and start feverishly dissecting all the blurry photos and/or grainy surveillance footage associated with the case. Admittedly the odds are not great...

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Data is the New Magnifying Glass

Data is the New Magnifying Glass

By far, the best tool a Citizen Detective has is the internet and all the publicly available data at your fingertips. From social media platforms to message boards to public archives, so much information exists that can be used to connect dots. The best place to start...

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Giving Victims Back Their Names

Giving Victims Back Their Names

America’s most prolific serial killer is dead, but the victims of Samuel Little still need their names back. You can help. In the last days of 2020, at the age of 80, Samuel Little died while serving consecutive life sentences for the murder of three in California in...

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Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 1

Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 1

Part one in a three-part series covering investigating and prosecuting homicide cases without the victim's body from Michelle Kaszuba an NYC prosecutor, advocate for unsolved cases, and board member for PI for the Missing and the American Investigative Society of Cold...

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Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 3

Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 3

Part two in a three-part series covering investigating and prosecuting homicide cases without the victim's body from Michelle Kaszuba an NYC prosecutor, advocate for unsolved cases, and board member for PI for the Missing and the American Investigative Society of Cold...

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Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 2

Investigating & Prosecuting No Body Cases, Part 2

Part two in a three-part series covering investigating and prosecuting homicide cases without the victim's body from Michelle Kaszuba an NYC prosecutor, advocate for unsolved cases, and board member for PI for the Missing and the American Investigative Society of Cold...

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Four Terms That Designate a Case’s Chronology

Four Terms That Designate a Case’s Chronology

Knowing the lingo is part of the process for finding overlooked details that are paramount in cold cases. Many factors determine a timeline in a case, but body temperature is the most well-known. Here are a few key terms that will be fundamental in indicating the time...

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Mapping Cold Cases

Mapping Cold Cases

Satellite imagery has never been as prevalent or accessible. Not only can it be extremely helpful in gaining a better understanding of the location of a cold case, but satellite tools can help identify past environments, changes in the landscape, or variations over...

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