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

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  1. Vail

    Vail Justice for Emily Anne

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    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-the-man-who-draws-dead-bodies/
     
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  3. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    Congrats Carl! Your work is amazing.
     
  4. kdblaisdell

    kdblaisdell New Member

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    Ditto!
     
  5. waltzingmatilda

    waltzingmatilda Verified Insider-Roy Moore

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    Way to go CarlK! You make us proud!
     
  6. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Active Member

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

    coeurfragile Member

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


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  8. GA_Peach

    GA_Peach Member

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    Amazing work!
     
  9. SweetT

    SweetT Active Member

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

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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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!
     
  11. SieSie

    SieSie New Member

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    Congratulations, CarlK!! What great work you do - you are very talented!!
     
  12. meanmaryjean

    meanmaryjean Verified RN (Pediatrics Specialty)

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    I have always been in awe of your work- thank you!
     
  13. webweaved

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    Carl, you are absolutely amazing. You are truly and angel for what you do for the lost. :tyou::yourock:
     
  14. Ray_of_hope

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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    bumping for all to see
     
  15. SCHMAE

    SCHMAE Active Member

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    Way to go !
     
  16. carbuff

    carbuff There but for the grace of God go I

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