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    Websleuths mod featured on Vocativ: Meet the man who draws dead bodies

    Forgive me if this was posted somewhere else but I wanted to share this wonderful story about one of our mods Carl Koppelman who has been featured in Vocativ mag for his work on artist reconstruction.



    Carl Koppelman has a morbid hobby—with a noble aim

    “Everybody likes a good mystery,” Koppelman says. “I’ve been kind of always been intrigued by mysteries. Unsolved mysteries and crime stories and that sort of thing.”

    Koppelman is an accountant by trade but had recently been laid off and was taking care of his ill mother in 2009. He’d become interested in amateur crime-solving websites around this time (he’s a moderator at WebSleuths, one of the largest of such communities), specifically the forums that try to match unidentified bodies to missing persons, not without some success. It’s easier than ever to do this with the internet, and publicly accessible databases that list both missing persons and unidentified people, like NamUs, have helped them give names to bodies found decades ago.

    At least one of Koppelman’s drawings has led to the identification of a body, he says. Kenneth Ecker fell or jumped off a Brooklyn apartment building in September 2011, but was still unidentified two months later despite being a height and weight (6’8″ and about 550 pounds) that would make it hard to disappear in a crowd. Koppelman drew an image and posted it in Websleuths, including a photo of a Spider-Man beanie Ecker had been wearing when he was found. One of this friends came across Koppelman’s post on Websleuths by Googling for large men wearing Spider-Man caps and recognized Ecker from Koppelman’s drawing.

    http://www.vocativ.com/328851/meet-t...s-dead-bodies/

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    Congrats Carl! Your work is amazing.
    ~JMO~

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    Long Lost Love - Discovery ID - Disappeared - Bob Harrod Case

    You can now purchase Mr. Harrod's Disappeared episode through Amazon, iTunes or YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    Congrats Carl! Your work is amazing.
    Ditto!

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    Way to go CarlK! You make us proud!
    ...and be sure your sin will find you out.

    Numbers,32:23

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    Good job.....thanks for all you do!

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    I saw this and was so proud! I said "hey, I 'know' this guy!!"


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    The Skelton boys brought me to Websleuths
    I'm not leaving until they are found!

    - My pet cases -

    Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton - Aliayah Lunsford - Jhessye Shockley - Travis Alexander - Jonathan Foster - Sky Metalwala - Alivia Kail - Bethany Decker - Sherry Leighty - Caylee Anthony - Jennifer Daugherty

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    Amazing work!

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    Yea I agree GREAT WORK! I've always been impressed with how good he is. Way to go Carl!

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    Congratulations, Carl!!! Amazing work helping loved ones find their lost. What a wonderful gift you have and thank you for using it for something so worth while. What a blessing you are!
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    Congratulations, CarlK!! What great work you do - you are very talented!!
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    I have always been in awe of your work- thank you!
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...annon+sherrill

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    Carl, you are absolutely amazing. You are truly and angel for what you do for the lost.
    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive” - Sir Walter Scott
    *This post is my constitutionally-protected opinion. Please do not copy or take it anywhere else.*

    Sleuthing for Little Miss Christmas (JonBenét Ramsey)
    Sleuthing for Bella Nevaeh Bond (MA Baby Doe)
    Where is William Tyrrell and Deorr Kunz?! Still missing!

    Sleuthing for ALL victims. Be the voice. Keep their stories alive--esp the missing!
    Long live Websleuths.

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    bumping for all to see
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    Way to go !

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    woot!
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