The Skeleton Crew: A Conversation with Deborah Halber on the Amateurs Who Are Finding the Missing and Solving Cold Cases

Deborah Halber
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For decades, all across the United States, tens of thousands of missing persons cases have grown cold. At the same time, a mounting number of unidentified remains have been discovered and have been stored in coroner’s offices or buried in potter’s fields. But the Internet has been changing all of that. We talk to Deborah Halber, author of The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America’s Coldest Cases, about some of the challenges and changes in the world of the unidentified dead and those who try to name them.

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ABOUT DEBORAH HALBER

Deborah Halber has worked as a newspaper reporter and in public relations. She worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and a science writer for MIT, where she “chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that’s the technical term) to snail slime.” She has spent the last decade as a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Inked, Technology Review, and Symbolia. Her narrative nonfiction book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America’s Coldest Cases, is just out from Simon & Schuster. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the National Association of Science Writers, she lives near Boston in a house with a lot of former pets buried out back.

 

LINKS:

Deborah Halber http://deborahhalber.mit.edu/

Deborah Halber on Twitter: @DeborahHalber

NamUs: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System http://namus.gov

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com/home

NOKR: The Next of Kin Registry http://www.nokr.org

Black and Missing Foundation http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad

Clark County Nevada Coroner’s Office: Las Vegas Unidentified  http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/coroner/unidentified/Pages/default.aspx

Provincetown Site for Lady of the Dunes http://www.provincetown-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=618

Todd Matthews Tent Girl Site http://www.angelfire.com/tn3/masterdetective2/

The DOE Network http://www.doenetwork.org

Porchlight International http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobedoe/index.php?showforum=41

The Charley Project http://www.charleyproject.org

America’s Missing Adults http://americasmissingadults.com/

California State Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit http://oag.ca.gov/missing

Ohio Missing Adults http://www.ohiomissingadults.com/

WDAZ: Remains Found 31 Years Ago in Wyoming Identified as Missing Minnesota Native http://www.wdaz.com/content/remains-found-31-years-ago-wyoming-identified-missing-minnesota-native-0

People Magazine:

Murdered Teen’s Remains Given to Her Family 46 Years Later http://www.people.com/article/philadelphia-missing-girls-jane-doe-identified-family

Story About The Skelton Crew by Deborah Halber in Time Magazine:

How to Solve a Murder With Just Your Computer http://time.com/2973705/how-to-solve-murder-with-computer/

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