If you'd like to start a thread but aren't sure how, here's a little tutorial:

Please note: Crimes - Spotlight on Children is only for crimes against minors, but a case that involves both adult and minor victims should go in Crimes in the News.

1. It begins with information from an official source, such as a news article or a release issued by law enforcement.

2. Use the Search box to make sure we don't already have a thread on that case.

3. If you wish to use images supplied by law enforcement or news media in your post, upload them to an image host.

4. Go to the Crimes - Spotlight on Children forum and click Post New Thread (to the left of the forum header).

5. Add a title. There is an approved format for for all Crimes titles, including an indication of what happened to the victim(s). We prefer to honor deceased victims rather than give perps publicity and so we use victims' names in titles whenever possible:

(State or Country Prefix - Victim's First & Last Name, Age, What Happened, Last Known Alive Location, Date)

For example: WI - Crystal Jones, 4, found strangled, Milwaukee, 16 April 2017

However, if the victim(s) survived, privacy may be an issue and we would then use the perp's name instead. For example:

WI - John Jones charged with child molestation, Milwaukee, 16 April 2017

6. Add your source link(s) and text in the text box.

7. Preview and proofread your post by clicking the Preview Post button.

8. Once you're satisfied that your post is accurate and complete, click the Submit New Thread button.

Any questions? Ask away!