Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest CasesThe Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-fiction/True Crime

Author Deborah Halber brings to the page tales of the volunteers that spend their lives hoping to give names to the thousands of unidentified dead that go unclaimed in the United States each year. These volunteers go over missing persons information and information complied by the medical examiners across the country looking for any clue that will help to match an unidentified body to that of a missing person case.

Halber interviews a few citizen volunteers that take this what seems to be macabre type hobby and shows you that these volunteers mean business and this is not some weird fascination with death but something that is important in the struggle to identify the unidentified and to help bring closure to those who have a missing family member that has yet to be identified waiting to be found and given their name back so that them may go home.

There are not tons and tons of success stories because the information given to these volunteers is of course limited and even when they do contact law enforcement they are often not taken seriously but the fact that there has been any success at all with such limited information really shows what these volunteers are made of. Using the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, which is run by the U.S. Department of Justice and through web groups such as the Doe Network these volunteers have done what not many are willing to do.

I found this book interesting and even though it tackled a tough subject I didn't find the information contained in the book to be overly frightening, which translates to "I didn't have to sleep with my light on!"

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