Websleuths: Website Spotlight

“They get on sites where missing persons are listed and they try to match them up, They solve the cold cases, and get these nameless dead identified.” — Kathy Reichs

I grew up in a “law-enforcement” family. My uncle was a police chief in a small town of 1300. My grandfather, other uncles, and various cousins were dispatchers. This fostered a strong interest in criminals. I wanted to know why a crime happened, what made a deviant ignore morality.

As a True Crime writer, I know the importance of having the facts. Before my foray into True Crime on the internet, I mainly found information on an old television program such as Unsolved Mysteries.

When I searched for a case I had seen on the TV show disappeared, the first result was a thread on Websleuths, an internet community that concerns itself with crime and missing persons. I have been a lurker ever since.

I had discovered a case that grasped my attention on there. My pet project, every sleuther I know has one, is the Evelyn Hartley abduction.

As it often happens, I left Websleuths as a lurker to broaden my horizon. I would dip my toes into other forums, only to find these do not have the quality that Websleuths has.

I keep coming back to Websleuths.

After reading those other forums, I always come back to websleuths. I think they’re layout is best, but that is not the deciding factor for me. Their victim friendly forum is one of the reasons I came back. The members cannot discuss a person until the police names a person a suspect.

Thanks to Websleuths I can read about modern and very cold cold cases. With their rules of only allowing Main Stream Media and no rumors, I know the information I am getting is accurate. I only throw out some members’ theories.


To visit Websleuths, please see their website. They also have a podcast called “Into the Case” hosted by Tricia Griffith and Levi Page.

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Larue Lydia
Lydia lives in New York with her husband, a dark fantasy novelist, as well as their daughter. They are regular contributors to several charities, including the rescue of exotic cats from abuse.

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