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How to Write an Effective Advocacy Letter

How to Write an Effective Advocacy Letter

Throughout my career, I have had to write marketing copy, social media ads, press releases, and the like. Whether I was promoting a new product, requesting donations, or announcing a promotion. I've used that skill now to develop a letter template that can be used to...

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Five Sites to Bookmark Now for Cold Case Research

Five Sites to Bookmark Now for Cold Case Research

If you’re like us, you likely have multiple tabs open at one time. One to stream your favorite pod, another three dozen to do your own research on a case. Who can relate? All of those open tabs are likely full of just as many bookmarked pages and sites. Maybe it has...

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An Event Just for Citizen Detectives

An Event Just for Citizen Detectives

At Uncovered, we're building a community around collective impact on cold cases. That includes supporting further education to develop citizen detective skills. Beyond the resources, we're cultivating, we're announcing an event series to introduce you to other citizen...

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

May 5, marks the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This sobering event is a reminder that indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average. What's...

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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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