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  1. Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    It is Getting Urgent

    Dear Websleuths Members and Guests,

    I write this with great urgency. Never has Websleuths asked for donations. The last thing I want to do is come to you hat in hand but I am out of options.

    Really, there is nowhere else for me to go. Websleuths has grown tremendously and we have financial obligations. This is my full-time job.

    If you could see your way to donate even five dollars or one dollar I will be forever grateful.

    Go to www.paypal.com and use the address websleuthsdonations@gmail.com to send your donation.

    If it seems like I am panicking a bit it is because I am. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to keep the donation announcement up for long but that is not the case.

    To read in detail what is going on scroll down and read the announcement below this one.

    Basically, we had a large drop in revenue very suddenly (and completely out of our control) and we had to change our revenue stream which
    means it will take two to three months to see any money from our new advertisers.


    There are times where I literally did not have a dollar so I know how difficult it can be.

    Thank you. Words escape me at the moment but know how deeply grateful I am to all of you for your help and participation on Websleuths

    Tricia Griffith

  2. Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    Please Read! Websleuths Needs Your Help!!

    To Websleuths Members and Guests

    It is with great humility that I make this post.

    Websleuths will always be free. No one will ever be prevented from posting because they have to pay a fee for membership.

    To pay the bills at Websleuths we rely on advertising revenue. Websleuths has grown a great deal in the past few years and so have the operating costs. Websleuths has grown to the point that operating it has become my full-time job.

    To put it bluntly, we had a large drop in revenue beyond our control.

    We are working with other advertisers to make up the loss.

    Because of the drop in revenue we are in the process of transitioning from one revenue stream to another. During that transition, there will be a period where revenues are not coming in on the same schedule as they had been. There will be a lag in monies received as we move from one advertising partner to another. This means our budget has taken a temporary hit. Meanwhile operating costs and bills come at their usual times and in their usual amounts.

    Asking you for donations is the last option available to me.

    As a result, in order to continue to fulfill our financial obligations, Websleuths is going to do a Fundraiser.

    I want to stress do not donate if it puts even slight pressure on your bank account. Only if you truly can afford to donate then I thank you in advance for doing so.

    PayPal is the easiest way to go.

    Please go to www.paypal.com and donate to this address: websleuthsdonations@gmail.com

    Email me or PM me if you would rather not use PayPal and I can give you other options. My email is in my signature at the bottom of the page.

    Funds raised will be used at the discretion of management

    To all of you who make Websleuths great I want you to know from my heart and soul I am forever grateful

    Just by posting, you are doing something to help. I am amazed at the work you all do on a daily basis.

    Thank you for your support and your continued participation at Websleuths.

    Tricia Griffith

  3. Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    Kissimmee Police Looking for Help W/Missing Man/Might Be Unidentified Somewhere in the U.S.

    On July 3rd I received and email from Detective Corporal Charles Hess of the Kissimmee Police Department. asking specifically if we could help find missing Marvin Holderman.

    Detective Hess saw Websleuths on A Killing Season on A&E and, as he put it "Decided to give you a try".

    Background on Marvin Holderman;

    Marvin Holderman was/is a homeless man. Every month he received approximately $1000.00 a month from a trust fund in check form. In October 2008 Mr. Holderman stopped cashing his checks.

    When Marvin Holderman went missing he was 55-56-years-old. Now he would be 65.

    He is a white male with reddish hair and has a mustache and beard. Nickname "Rusty"

    Height in Inches: 70.-74
    Weight: 160 to 240

    Tattoo on right shoulder "Born to Raise Hell"
    Tattoo on right arm of a panther
    Tattoo on left arm of a peacock

    He is a Vietnam Vet who had trouble adjusting and was self-medicating. However, he wasn't on the police radar at all. Didn't cause problems for law enforcement in Kissimmee.

    It safe to say the odds are Marvin "Rusty" Holderman is deceased and died shortly sometime after he cashed his last check in Oct. 2008.

    His sister is looking for him and would like to bring him home.

    There is a good chance that Marvin Holderman is unidentified in a morgue somewhere

    While all of our missing are important Marvin Holderman is different. A member of law enforcement reached out to Websleuths and asked for help.

    I would like to thank Corporal Detective Charles Hess of the Kissimmee Police Department for contacting us.

    To email Detective Hess use: CHESS@kissimmee.org

    We will do our very best.



  4. Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    We Need a Minute of your Time Please

    Dear Websleuths Members,

    We have over 1000 cold cases on Websleuths. Some of them decades old others fairly recent.

    If you could please take a moment and look at our cold cases. CLICK ON THIS LINK to see the Cold Case Forum.

    All we ask is you look over the cases and if so inclined post a comment on one or more of the cold cases.

    By posting a simple note of encouragement to the loved ones dealing with a cold
    case you can make a difference.

    I can tell you it means the world to people who find Websleuths while looking up information about their loved one's cold case and reading a thoughtful post from a stranger.

    Most of these people feel forgotten by everyone. A simple post from you lets them know people do care and have not forgotten.

    There are 45 pages of Cold Cases on Websleuths, 25 threads to a page.

    Please take a moment and post on one of these cases. You could help a total stranger not feel so alone.

    Thank You,

    Tricia Griffith
    Owner/Websleuths.com, LLC

  5. Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    Visitors & Members/ Chrome Users/Fix for Shock Wave Crash

    I use Chrome and tried this and the problem was immediately fixed.

    Please understand I am not a technical person at all. That's why my directions for technical issues sound just like when I give directions to anyone who is lost. I don't use tech terms. I describe everything in easy to explain landmarks.

    Here goes:

    Type into your address bar: chrome://plugins

    Then scroll until you see "Adobe Flash Player".

    Make sure where it says "Adobe Flash Player" that the blue line underneath says, "Enable". This should grey out your box and disable your Adobe Flash Player. This is where the problem originates.

    If the blue line below Adobe Flash says, "Disable" then click on the word Disable and "Enable" will appear.

    The blue line below Adobe Flash must say "Enable".

    Then close out the screen.

    This took care of the whole issue for me.

    This is an Adobe Flash issue and is happening everywhere.

    If you are a visitor or member and have issues please email websleuthscomments@gmail.com

    Dave continues to work hard to see we are doing everything possible on our end to make sure the site runs smoothly and without interruption.

    Websleuths Needs Your Help!
    Donate at www.paypal.com and use the email websleuthsdonations@gmail.com
    For a more detail explanation of why Websleuths is asking for your help CLICK HERE