In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name. Local authorities undertook an exhumation last November in hopes of identifying the victim known only as “Mountain Jane Doe.” But the results were surprising.
Law enforcement agencies have let solvable cold cases languish despite forensic science advances and a federal database that includes information on 10,000 people found deceased without an identity in the United States.
Families can wait for decades without knowing what happened to their missing loved ones. Taking these steps may improve the odds of finding them.
The American satire publication The Onion has published its share of gag news stories criticizing fanatical Islamists. But the Charlie Hebdo gunmen likely would have had a tougher time carrying out a similar attack in the U.S.
Police agencies in the southeastern Virginia have created an unusual and secretive database containing details about telephone customers and the communications they exchange – without warrants.
The Center for Investigative Reporting began its probe by studying official findings from accidents and annual reports the Coast Guard issues on its safety and fatality trends. But instead of relying on the graphs and charts that officials elected to include in those reports, CIR sought the raw data behind them.
Between 2000 and 2013, the Coast Guard witnessed dramatic spikes in accidents causing death, injury and equipment damage. Data reveal lapses in judgment and missed opportunities to strengthen safety standards and protect crew members and civilians.
CIR and KQED take an inside look at the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing – and how intrusively the public is monitored by the government.
A man walks along the border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, near where a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot Mexican citizen Edgar Ortega in 2008. Authorities said Ortega was throwing rocks at agents. Guillermo Arias/Associated Press It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks […]
It’s not just the government looking at your personal information. Lawyers and law enforcement can trace our digital tracks. And it’s easier than you might think.