Crime and Science Radio: The Skeleton Crew: A Conversation with Deborah Halber

12 Jul

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

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, about some of the challenges and changes in the world of the unidentified dead and those who try to name them.

BIO: Deborah Halber started out as a daily newspaper reporter, then turned to the dark side to do public relations. She worked as a writer and editor for Tufts and as a science writer for MIT, where she chronicled everything from quantum weirdness (that’s the technical term) to snail slime. A freelance journalist since 2004, 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.





Deborah Halber

NamUs: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NOKR: The Next of Kin Registry

Black and Missing Foundation

Clark County Nevada Coroner’s Office: Las Vegas Unidentified

Provincetown Site for Lady of the Dunes

Todd Matthews Tent Girl Site

Porchlight International

The DOE Network

The Charley Project

America’s Missing Adults

California State Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit

Ohio Missing Adults

WDAZ: Remains Found 31 Years Ago in Wyoming Identified as Missing Minnesota Native

People Magazine: Murdered Teen’s Remains Given to Her Family 46 Years Later

Story About The Skelton Crew by Deborah Halber in Time Magazine: How to Solve a Murder With Just Your Computer


2 responses to “Crime and Science Radio: The Skeleton Crew: A Conversation with Deborah Halber

  1. Brenda

    July 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I’ll look forward to reading this! Thanks for keeping us up on everyting, Doug!


  2. patriciaruthsusan

    July 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Anyone interested in writing stories and/or books in the Mystery, Suspense, Horror or Thriller genres will find this a helpful blog.



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