I’m driven by a need to unravel mysteries, particularly those that require some dissection of human behavior. My interest in true crime began as early as late childhood when I first heard the children’s rhyme about the Borden murders. I also raised a few eyebrows reading Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter on the bus back and forth to middle school while most of my contemporaries were more interested in boy bands.

Years later I received an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice and after a brief career conducting child abuse investigations I entered the field of education.

I channeled my passion for giving a voice to the forgotten and aptitude for finding clues in obscure places into my other two projects: The Dead Bell and Misc. Tidings of Yore. Researching the lives and deaths of the interred further ignited my passion for understanding how people are influenced by culture, genetics, society, and circumstance.

Recently I delved into databases of missing persons and was haunted, fascinated, and disturbed by the situations surrounding the various disappearances. Each photograph represents an individual started the day believing it would be the same as any other, but at some point something went horribly wrong.

Other people vanished on purpose, which only raises more questions.

I started And They Were to profile cases involving missing persons, unidentified remains, and other “cold” investigations as well as providing a means to satisfy my own curiosity.

I may also write about anything else related to true crime as the mood strikes.

Note: I am neither a private investigator nor a law enforcement agent. If you feel that you have tips on any of the cases here please contact the investigating agency. I also ask that readers refrain from requesting images or information from me available through paid subscription services.

There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” -David Eagleman from Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives

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