Citizen sleuths

Citizen sleuths

: Doing a blogcast with MSNBC this morning about 10:30. Topic: BTK citizen sleuths online. Here are the links:

: has been online for ages trying to catch him. See also this home page. has a BTK page. The sleuths are enjoying this… some, perhaps too much. This reminds me of the crime magazines my grandmother used to read (in the days before supermarket tabloids). There’s an obsession with crimes, a romance even. Some are comparing this to Black Dhalia and Zodiac. Others are wondering what unsolved crimes they’re going to swarm around next; it’s almost as if a few of them are disappointed the mystery is over.

: See the Witchita Eagle message boards on the crime, where they’re buzzing about whether BTK himself actually posted there: “I knew it. I knew it!! It was here folks.”

Then again, I’ll bet that sometime soon, these citizen sleuths will solve a crime because this new medium brings together the wisdom (and evidence) of the crowds.

: See also the Revealer fretting over the church connection.

: And getaloada this: When you Google “BTK” you get an ad from something called asking “Are you dating BTK?”