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Entries from January 2006

A Quote I Like

January 19th, 2006 · Comments Off on A Quote I Like

“Remember, what we are trying to do in this life is to shatter time and bring back the dead.” – From A Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin. I was going to put this in the book somewhere, but I never found just the right place. It’s from a book I love (but I believe the […]

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My NPR Story about the Sodder Fire

January 15th, 2006 · Comments Off on My NPR Story about the Sodder Fire

I forgot to post a link to the story I did about the 1945 Sodder family fire for NPR’s All Things Considered. For an excellent, in-depth account of the story, there’s West Virginia Unsolved Murders by George and Melody Bragg. You can order it by calling 304-256-8400.

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Newsday Article about Unsolved Murder

January 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on Newsday Article about Unsolved Murder

A great piece about unsolved murder by Rocco Paranscandola was in Newsday on January 10th. Of course I immediately wrote a letter to the editor explaining the rate at which murders are cleared over time, and how that changes clearance rates. The police department also told Newsday that in the late 1990’s their clearance rates […]

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The Vidocq Society

January 8th, 2006 · Comments Off on The Vidocq Society

Fred Martens, the former head of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, who helped me when I was working on the Sodder story, is a member a crime solving organization called The Vidocq Society, (named for an 18th century french detective). From their website: Our Mission & Credo The Vidocq Society is dedicated to dealing with long-unsolved […]

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