Michigan Daily: The TikTok detectives have gone too far with the Idaho murders

Michigan Daily: The TikTok detectives have gone too far with the Idaho murders . “Curiosity is natural, especially with a case as jarring and gruesome as this. There is a difference, however, between theorizing in a casual, private manner and mindlessly pointing fingers at innocent individuals on a public social media account, one that true crime content creators have utterly failed at distinguishing in the case of the Idaho murders. “

Mashable: A decades-old missing persons case and an obsessed true crime reporter puts Twitter’s newest policy to the test

Mashable: A decades-old missing persons case and an obsessed true crime reporter puts Twitter’s newest policy to the test. “Maura Murray seemingly vanished from the face of the earth after a car accident on February 9, 2004. Her disappearance, a mere days after Facebook launched, was one of the first cases to put social media sleuthing to the test as users created Facebook and MySpace pages to solve the mystery of her disappearance. She was 21 years old. Now, nearly 18 years since she was last seen, Maura Murray’s suspicious disappearance is putting social media to the test once again.”

Lifehacker: 25 of the Best True Crime Podcasts, Rated From ‘Cozy’ to ‘Disturbing’

Lifehacker: 25 of the Best True Crime Podcasts, Rated From ‘Cozy’ to ‘Disturbing’. “The genre is often seen as exploitative—is true crime cathartic, helping us to examine and thus exorcise our own fears and demons? Or is it just a way to wallow in the suffering of others from a discreet distance? That’s a question to ask of any entertainment, really, but it’s also not entirely fair: the true crime genre is broader than it gets credit for, with one of the earliest popular shows (Serial) focusing on the potential failings of the judicial system. Or they can be an education in the worlds of crime, forensics, and society. Across these popular pods, you’ll find examples of all of that and more.” Slideshow.

Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok

Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok. “TikTok user @fatalfaye delicately brushes a hot pink eyeshadow in the shade ‘Emoji’ onto their eyelid. Over the primping plays an audio clip, crackling with feedback. ‘I just killed my mom and my sister,’ a teenager confesses. The combination of the jarring 911 call and an otherwise normal makeup video may seem bizarre, but the incongruous pairing belongs to a trend of true crime makeup videos that has been growing in popularity across social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Welcome to the weird world of true crime makeup videos.”

FBI releases Phantom Killer archive | More than 1,100 pages available via internet (Texarkana Gazette)

Texarkana Gazette: FBI releases Phantom Killer archive | More than 1,100 pages available via internet. “The FBI on Thursday published an extensive archive of documents — some perhaps never before available — from the investigation of Texarkana’s infamous Phantom Killer murders of 1946.” It’s not clear if any of the information is new, but it’s been released all together in one big chunk.

National Library of New Zealand: Black sheep in the family?

National Library of New Zealand: Black sheep in the family?. “What do Agnes Vallance, Agnes Skervington, Amy Laing, Amy Bennett, Amy Cameron, Amy Shannon, Amy Chanel, and Percy Redwood all have in common? Well, they are all aliases used by confidence trickster and male impersonator Amy Bock as she romped her way through New Zealand, defrauding her employees and, most notoriously, marrying a young woman in South Otago. You can now trace Amy’s career in and out of prison by searching the New Zealand Police Gazette (1877-1945). We have just made this title, along with the Canterbury Police Gazette (1863-1877) and the Otago Police Gazette (1861-1877) available and fully text searchable on Papers Past.”

Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects

Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects. “The site, called Philly Unsolved Murders, includes a database of unsolved murder cases featuring photos and stories or descriptions about victims. The stories and photos are submitted by the victims’ families, police said.” The site is not complete; more cases will be added over time.

Michigan Live: Grand Rapids to post hundreds of historic jail mugshots on Instagram

Michigan Live: Grand Rapids to post hundreds of historic jail mugshots on Instagram. “Looking to trace the roots of your family history? If your early 20th century relatives spent some time in the Grand Rapids jail, you might be in luck. The Grand Rapids Archives is moving thousands of the city’s historical jail photos ranging from 1928-1939 into an online database, and will next month begin posting the photos on Instagram.”