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10 Alternatives to Using Google

10 Alternatives to Using Google

Have you ever thought about cutting the strings with Google? Maybe you haven't gone full into OSINT, but there’s no doubt that Google is powerful; and, depending upon how you look at it, that can be a good thing or a bad thing.  Admittedly, there’s a of conveniences...

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Three Data Tools to Make Sense of Your Case Research

Three Data Tools to Make Sense of Your Case Research

Every citizen detective can tell you that their favorite cold case investigation movie or true crime TV show has at least one of these scenes: 1.  The leading detective is deep in thought, staring at a wall or corkboard of a case of a missing or murdered person. 2.  A...

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How to Make a Public Record Request for an Unsolved Case

How to Make a Public Record Request for an Unsolved Case

You don’t have to be an investigative journalist to gain access to the millions of documents, emails, computer files, photographs, audiotapes, films that are considered public records under the law. It’s undeniable that news teams and advocacy groups have unveiled...

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What Information Can I Access at My Public Library?

What Information Can I Access at My Public Library?

When was the last time you headed to your public library? Or logged in to access its massive amounts of resources via an online search? Maybe it’s been a while. Or perhaps it’s only been a week or two. But chances are you have no idea how much public information you...

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An Introduction to OSINT

An Introduction to OSINT

While it’s been getting an increasing amount of attention in recent years, OSINT—which stands for open source intelligence— is nothing new.  It has its roots in the military, which primarily used OSINT decades ago to gather publicly available material, including...

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How OCR Can Help in Reading Large Case Files

How OCR Can Help in Reading Large Case Files

If you’re heavy into research it won’t take long before you’re compiling pages and pages of documents, including case files, police records, interview records, witness testimony, autopsy reports, court evidence, and tons more as part of your research.  And if your...

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State Resources for Missing Persons

State Resources for Missing Persons

Sometimes a child suddenly vanishes from the bus stop or the local park or even from their own yard or bedroom. Or a teenager doesn’t return home after a walk to the neighborhood grocery store or a bike ride or a party with friends. Other times, an adult is...

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A Checklist For How to Fill Out a FOIA Request

A Checklist For How to Fill Out a FOIA Request

Don’t underestimate the power of your right to get government records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But what does that mean for a citizen detective? Where are the resources, and how do you get started?FOIA at work in recent years Without the FOIA,...

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What’s it Like to Have That Job: Forensic Genealogist

What’s it Like to Have That Job: Forensic Genealogist

With criminal investigators increasingly relying on DNA to solve crimes—including cold cases like the Golden State Killer and Le Grêlé, two infamous serial rapists and murderers who went undetected for decades, the demand for the skills of forensic genealogists has...

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