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review 2017-04-25 23:19
A child who was loved more in death than in life...
The Boy in the Box: The Unsolved Case of America's Unknown Child - David Stout

I have to give this five stars for the excellent work that the author put in to writing this heartbreaking history. The tragedy of losing a child is made harder when the child is not reported missing or people coming forward to claim or identify a missing child.
The case of the Boy in the Box, from Fox Chase Pennsylvania, is something that consumed the careers of many police officers and left many of the brightest minds scratching their heads. Discovered in February 1957, the young boy was seen a case that would be easily solved, as someone would come forward to claim the body. The medical examiner noticed the bruising and wounds on the body. Each person who worked the case of the Boy in the Box became so involved, that the child became an silent member of each family. With the hope of a fast solve quickly becoming dashed as the days turn into weeks and then stretch into months and years.
The Boy in the Box was buried by the police department, everything being donated and contributed by the community and the homicide detectives. The case was never closed and they continued to work the case and follow any and all leads. Nothing was considered to small to follow up on, and the case moved from small files to the several boxes of notes and mementos. Today the case is still open, and the young boy who was more loved in death than he was in life, remains nameless, cared for by the policemen who take over the case and the community who have adopted him as their own..

This book was a hard read. I love true crime and the many facets of what can make a person tick, but this story... this was enough to keep me awake nights. I don't often cry while reading or watching a movie, but this book had me in tears more than once. I found myself asking questions throughout this entire read.. how could anyone do this to a child? Who could not claim the young boy and give him his full identity back. I found myself wishing that they could have done more, even though they did everything they could and then some. While this case is still open, given the length of time, its entirely possible that this case will never be solved, and that makes it even worse. As a mother, I can't imagine how any parent could not come forward and claim their little child. I hope that this case will continue and that maybe with the leaps and bounds that forensic science has taken, that this little boy will be identified. Even if the person who caused the injuries or placed him where he would be found is gone, knowing the full story and getting a conclusion to the story would help complete the thousands of hours of work that the original officers and medical examiner put into trying to find the answer. Closure will never fully happen, but a completion and explanation will go a long way to helping a community and police department close the case of the young child who became the "Boy In The Box."

 

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review 2017-01-23 00:00
Unidentified
Unidentified - Michael McBride 40 years ago, Karl and his friends saved their little town of Wray from an unknown entity that was mutilating cattle and snatching local children.

Now it’s come back and Karl and his friends must do it again. This time, they need to finish the job.

McBride knows how novellas are supposed to be done. Even in shorter formats, he skillfully develops characters and story lines that go much deeper than just the word count.

Excellent as usual. Highest Recommendation.
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review 2015-10-10 00:00
The Unidentified Redhead
The Unidentified Redhead - Alice Clayton This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

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This book was so funny.  I loved Grace.  She's a hoot.  She very rarely takes herself too seriously, and has an awesome sense of humor.  She struggles with her emotions as she begins falling for a younger guy.  I felt like her fears and concerns were real.  I'm sure many people who date younger than them have these feelings.  And can I just say how much I adore Jack.  He's hilarious, sweet, and very down to earth.


There are so many funny scenes, and you can see how well these two work together.  I like that Grace doesn't define herself as just an aspiring actress.  She works and if the role comes along, great!  Her friends are pretty amazing, and share her sense of humor.  I think that's so important in anything really.


There are lots of times of doubt, but those are quickly put away with fun and hot sexy times moments.


Even though the narrator wasn't my favorite, she did a great job of bringing the characters to life.  I just wish the difference in which character was speaking was done a little better.  Sometimes I felt like I was a little lost on who was doing the talking.
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review 2015-08-14 07:24
The Unidentified Redhead
The Redhead Revealed - Alice Clayton

This is my second book by the author, the first being Wallbanger which I loved.

I liked this one to start with. Younger man older woman romances can always be interesting and how these two got together was just that. It was cute and flirty.

I just didn't always get the humour these two shared. Maybe it's because I'm a Brit...but so was Jack, so I'm a little stumped there.

The rest of the storyline didn't grab me either. It was almost like nothing happened in the story but their budding romance, which would be fine normally but I wasn't 100% behind it.

I haven't decided if I'll continue the series but at the moment I'm hovering more over the 'not' side of things.

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review 2015-06-10 19:29
One of my Top 5 of 2015
Speaking in Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan) - Kathy Reichs

“Lost. Murdered. Dumped. Unclaimed. This country’s overflowing with the forgotten dead. And somewhere someone’s wondering about each and every one of those souls.” -- Hazel “Lucky” Strike, Websleuth, Speaking in Bones, Kathy Reichs

 

UIDs. That is what they are called in the US. Unidentified Remains. The remains of a human being, a collection of bones, sometimes a whole skeleton, sometimes only bits and pieces. They collect in storage rooms, stuffed into cardboard boxes, lonely and forgotten. They are planted in pauper’s graves, sometimes cremated, sometimes misidentified as deer or bear bones and left where they lie. That is, if they are found at all.

 

Overburdened and underfunded police and labs can’t prioritize them, and even when they try, the forms utilized by the FBI are, literally, 30-pages long. Not something a police officer asks family members to  work through when reporting a missing person, so even if remains are found, finding the right name is a shot in the dark by a blind, drunken shooter. It simply doesn’t happen. Something had to be done – and Speaking In Bones tells the tale of what normal, everyday people are willing to do to find the links – to identify UIDs and return them to where they belong.

 

The woman sitting in Temperance Brennan's office chair plays a horrifying soundtrack. Two male voices, one female. And the female is begging, literally, for the torture to stop.

 

“Please don’t kill me.

 

“Please don’t kill me.

 

“Please.

 

“Kill me.”

 

Hazel “Lucky” Strike is an odd, and possibly dangerous, new being to Tempe. A “Websleuth”, one of a growing group of everyday people who spend their time and efforts researching missing persons and unidentified remains, attempting to find a match, to bring the remains home. Simplistically, they match bodies to people ‘gone missing’. And while Tempe immediately jumps in with “That is the task of law enforcement in conjunction with coroners and medical examiners” she soon must admit that the situation truly isn’t handled by any of the above. Not really. Even though NCIC (National Criminal Information Center) recently NCIC MP and UID Data, eighty percent of coroners and MEs rarely or never even try to match MPs and UIDs. The bones simply go in a box and get stuck on a shelf, forgotten once again. And while Tempe comes across quite sanctimonious and holier-than-thou at first, she soon is intrigued by Lucky's idea. The woman thinks she has identified a UID. A UID Tempe has in a box on her own shelf. Digging further, Tempe gets another shock. At any one time, there are 90,000 missing persons in the United States. In the past fifty years, the cases of unidentified remains, most never identified at all, runs upwards of 40,000. Forty thousand human beings whose families will never know what happened to their loved ones.

 

Tempe can’t resist a mystery, and this one crawls in and settles under her skin. And what happens becomes a horrifying story of obsession, zealotry, and twisted murder that had me alternately reading compulsively and hitting the web to research websleuthing and the people who spend their time and money trying to bring the lost home.

 

Reichs does her normal outstanding job of not only brilliant research, but bringing her writing to life, giving it personality and a life of its own. The story is gripping, her characters compelling, and her grasp of the issues ‘behind the scenes’ kept me reading well past ‘dumb o’clock’. She layers the reality of websleuthing with a shocking modern day tale of religion, obsession, murder, psychology and bigotry that left me sitting here well after I had finished the book, shocked into meditative silence as I tried to absorb all that I read.

 

There is, of course, the issue of her relationship with Andrew Ryan, lieutenant-detective, Service des enquêtes sur les crimes contre la personne, Sûreté du Québec. In other words, a Detective Lieutenant with the Quebec Provincial Police and Tempe's on-again-off-again lover and general pain in the backside. Things are just as volatile, and frustrating, there as they always have been. Enough said, other than to say that the roller coaster seems to be on the upswing now. Whether that will last is another question.

 

This book bounded to my “Top Five Reads of 2015” with a bullet with shocking ease. I encourage you to read it – it truly is the best of Reichs books that I can remember reading. It isn’t perfect, but it is perfectly stunning.

 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.

 

PUBLISHING JULY 21, 2015

 

For further information on Websleuthing, MPs and UDIs, here are a few sites. One thing that is pointed out in the book, and was further noted during my own research, is that people are people. There are some whacko, vitriolic head cases out there posting on the sites. There are, however, many more people who are honest, caring, normal human beings who simply want to help.

 

“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.” -- ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

 

The following are only a few of the sites Ms. Reichs recommends in her book.

 

http://namus.gov/
http://untfsu.com/
http://www.doenetwork.org/
http://www.websleuths.com/

Source: soireadthisbooktoday.com
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