Discussion in 'Welcome To Websleuths' started by Laura Mountford, May 30, 2018.
Not at all, I'll look into this ASAP.
Hello all, I am the lonewanderer (which I briefly considered using loanwanderer if the username was taken).
Anyhow, over the last year or so, I have really started taking an interest in true crime, mysteries, and seeking answers to unknown things.
Cases that really intrigue me include (but are not limited to) Ricky McCormick, Mostly Harmless/Denim/Ben Bilemy, Missy Bevers, and many more.
I am unsure about a few things within these forums. For instance, I have seen some information on Reddit that may or may not be useful, but as a long time lurker I have seen Reddit shunned on Webslueths. I have read over the rules and many other areas, but I cannot see if it is allowed, unallowed, or allowed on case-by-case basis. In short, please advise me on the usage of Reddit.
Welcome to Ws lonewanderer!
Maybe someone else might chime in on the r question, but generally it is avoided, imo.
MO - MO - Ricky McCormick, 41, St Louis, 30 June 1999
Dotr, thank you! I have lurked for a good 6 months or so, and finally took the plunge.
For the "r" word, it relates to the Mostly Harmless/Denim/Ben Bilemy case. In it, I noticed that in two entirely different forums, and two different posters, both claimed that the deceased man was a firefighter for the Baton Rogue FD. One of them said a name without a last name, and the other said a first and last name (though the first names are not the same). Both stories say the man stepped down from being a firefighter roughly 8 years ago (I have verified the name with first and last as a firefighter for that parish who was not on the payroll anymore as of 2013). Either ways, I thought it was an interesting lead, but I certainly understand if Reddit is frowned upon here.
Looks like the thread here has been pretty busy..
FL - FL - Big Cypress National Preserve, Male hiker, "Denim" and "Mostly Harmless", 23 July 2018 #3
I've been posting for a few weeks and didn't realize there was a welcome wagon thread! I, too, discovered Websleuths after watching The Killing Season recently. I had already encountered the Reddit threads and a few true crime websites as a result of reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark, but it wasn't until I discovered Websleuths that I realized this is the place for me. The intellectual and research-focused discussion is exactly what I have been looking for. I've been interested in true crime since I was a young teen. I don't think anything really sparked it other than I enjoyed mystery/thriller films and came to learn more about serial killers because of The Silence of the Lambs. I think after reading more about the types of "famous" figures I became more intrigued by humanity's ability to be total animals to each other. Initially Son of Sam, Bundy, and Zodiac were the ones I read about the most. Zodiac really sucked me in with the obsession since it's unsolved, and the film remains one of the best of the genre. My Favorite Murder was also a window unto a new world. Murder is definitely an epidemic in the United States and I firmly believe it's overlooked as a public health issue and a socioeconomic issue.
Over time I've been adjacent to some true crime events in the areas where I lived and it's definitely motivated me to take a more active approach to reading news about my area. In one instance I knew someone whose mother was killed by his father; there had been evidence with the person I knew that something wasn't right with him for a while but nobody could be sure it was a home life situation or something else. After the fact, it felt like we had all missed something and should have done more, but it wasn't clear what could have been done to solve that situation. Then, two years later, I was living in Chicago during the "Duck Walk Killer" shootings, which were a dozen blocks north of where I lived.
As a result of those experiences and other aspects of my personal life I am actually pursuing the possibility of law school and studying for the LSAT at this time. It has been eye-opening to see the threads here dedicated to missing persons and unidentified persons and I hope my research skills will be valuable to those looking for assistance with investigations.
Hey all! I'm from the Emerald Triangle - I found this place through a mention in one of our local facebook crime watch groups. I've always loved true crime and old school web forums, so I figured I'd sign up. I see we have a whole section dedicated to our little corner of the world, so I don't need to explain what got me interested in the subject! A lot goes on and not all that many folks live here, so everybody either knows somebody or knows somebody who knows somebody connected with missing and murdered cases in some way. The ongoing case of greatest personal interest to me is that of Karen Mitchell, who disappeared in '97.
Anyway thanks for having me, I'll keep my eyes and ears open and post if I feel like I have something to contribute. Stay safe out there.
Welcome to Ws pandy fackler!
Ca - Karen Marie Mitchell, 16, Eureka, 25 Nov 1997