The skeleton crew : how amateur sleuths are solving America's coldest cases (Book, 2014) [WorldCat.org]
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The skeleton crew : how amateur sleuths are solving America's coldest cases

Author: Deborah Halber
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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In America today, upwards of forty thousand people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It's DIY CSI. The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Halber
ISBN: 9781451657586 1451657587 9781451657593 1451657595
OCLC Number: 857370318
Description: 285 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The well driller --
The ultimate identity crisis --
You can disappear here --
It's the ethernet, my dear Watson --
Ghost girls --
Bring out your dead --
Inside Reefer 2 --
The perks of being ornery --
Seekers of lost souls --
How to make a John Doe --
Finding Bobbie Ann --
Quackie is dead --
The head in the bucket --
The hippie and the lawman --
The oldest unsolved case in Massachusetts --
Relief, sadness, success --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Deborah Halber.

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In America today, upwards of forty thousand people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by the bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It's DIY CSI. The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions (a sort of Facebook for the dead) and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth.

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"A lively study that's part whodunit, part sociological study. . . . The result is eminently entertaining and will be devoured by armchair detectives." * Publishers Weekly * "Brilliant . . . Ms. Read more...

 
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