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No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators by [Jackson, Steve]
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"A fascinating journey into the trenches of crime [investigation]"--Lowell Cauffiel, New York Times bestselling author of House of Secrets

A body stuffed in a car trunk swallowed by the swirling, muddy waters of the Missouri River. A hiker brutally murdered, then thrown off a cliff in a remote mountain range. A devious killer who hid his wife's body under a thick cement patio.
For investigators, the story is often the same: they know a murder took place, they may even know who did it. But without key evidence, pursuing a conviction is nearly impossible. That's when they call NecroSearch International.

Necrosearch boasts a brain trust of the nation's top scientists, specialists, and behaviourists who use the latest technology and techniques to help solve "unsolvable" crimes, no matter how decayed the corpse, no matter how cleverly the killer has hidden the victim's body.

In NO STONE UNTURNED by New York Times bestselling author Steve Jackson readers are taken on a fascinating, often-shocking journey into a realm of crime investigation of which few people are aware. Necrosearch's most challenging cases are described, step-by-step, as these modern-day Sherlock Holmes's detect bodies and evidence thought irretrievable, and testify in court to bring cold-blooded killers to justice.

Following his participation in a NecroSearch expedition to Russia looking for the remains of a Russian noble in 2013, Jackson the author of MONSTER and BOGEYMAN was voted in as a member of NecroSearch International in February 2015.

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"The book covers the group's quirky beginnings and digs into its most important cases suspensefully; Jackson's sharp eye misses nothing in the painstakingly rendered details. A must-have for true crime fans, it should also be of great interest to anyone fascinated with the practical applications of science."--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"No Stone Unturned" delves into cases that would make good novels, but they're real. Furthermore, he describes a group of uncommon people performing uncommon tasks, and he does it with respect, accuracy and genuine style."--Ron Franscell, bestselling author of The Darkest Night.

"True crime author Jackson has created a fascinating account of a group of extraordinary people who volunteer their time and expertise to locate hidden murder victims for the police and prosecutors. ... From this meeting, NecroSearch International was eventually born. Recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal

"Jackson's account of the development and crime-solving uses of forensic science may be grim, but it is also a fascinating, macabre journey sure to entrance true-crime buffs and police-procedural detective fiction fans."--Booklist


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  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 2 edition (28 April 2015)
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What a great read and interesting book. Another angle on the scientific advances of criminal investigation. A group of experts in their field came together with a mutual curiosity as to how they could locate clandestine graves and so set up the pig farm, burying pig carcasses in varying situations and measuring changes in the soil and surrunds using their unique skills and equipment.

Coming to the attention of law enforcement, their credibility grew with success in locating long lost deceased when the police could take their investigations no further. What's really impressive is this group does not get paid for their work, only their travel costs. They are dedicated to advances in research and assisting law enforcement.

The first part of the book is about how the group came to be. Then there are several cases with great personal background into the victim, the police investigation and prosecution and then how Necrosearch came to be involved and the outcome of the case. I would recommend as it ticks many boxes for a true crime buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Michele Wallace Cold Case was Solved by NecroSearch! 7 June 2016
By Beth Mason in NC - Published on Amazon.com
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The first Season of Cold Case Files covered the Michele Wallace case (Episode 18: Portrait of a Killer) and described the work of NecroSearch. I had no idea there was a book about the work of this organization until I saw the same case covered on Forensic Files (Season 9, Episode 18) and found out that Steve Jackson had written this book about solving the Michele Wallace case 20 years after her murder. It's a fascinating description and explanation of how forensic investigators were able to find the remains of several long-dead murder victims and solve long cold cases. Jackson's writing is accessible and captivating.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No stone unturned. True Story with an insite into Necrosearch International, Inc. 10 April 2016
By katrig - Published on Amazon.com
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No Stone Unturned
No stone unturned is a very heart wrenching book about how the tiniest little bit of evidence can bring justice to a family whose loved one has been missing for decades. Necrosearch is an organisation that has the top scientists, behaviourists and specialists who use the latest technology and work as a team in their special fields of expertise to painstakingly sift through dirt, climb down cliffs and in the most remote areas to follow animals that have scavenged body parts and no matter how clever the criminal thinks he is by disposing of his victims in such remote locations Necrosearch puts the tiny bits of bones, hair teeth back together like a jigsaw puzzle. Their original name was the Pig People.
One story that really touches any true crime reader would have to be the murder of Michele Wallace by the murderous Roy Melanson. Michele Wallace was a 25-year-old freelance photographer who came to Gunnison, Colo., in the summer of 1974 to photograph the Rocky Mountains. In late August, she told her parents she was going on a backpacking trip with her dog, Oakie, in the mountains.
On her way back to her car on Aug. 30, 1974, two men drove by, stopping to ask her if she wanted a ride. she found the two men with their car broken down further ahead. Noting that her car was down the road, she offered them a ride to Gunnison, about 35 miles away. Melanson, who introduced himself as “Roy,” sat in the front. His travel companion, Chuck Matthews, sat in back with Oakie. Wallace dropped Matthews off at a bar in Gunnison. Melanson hesitated, instead asking Wallace to take him to his vehicle. Roy Melanson did not have a car and this sealed Michele fate.
on July 26, 1979, a hiker came across a head of hair in two long brown braids. Wallace was known to wear her hair in two braids. The discovery sparked another search, this time in the area where the hair was found, but searchers found nothing. Kathy Young, had just started in investigations at the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 when she was assigned to the Wallace case. She investigated it over several years, piecing the evidence back together and tracking down witnesses. 18 YEARS LATER Necrosearch where approached by Kathy Young after reading about them she had nothing to lose and wanted to solve this case.
Cecilia Travis, one of the Necrosearch team members, wandered downhill off the road to use the bathroom. She was on her way back up to the team when she spotted a glint of light from an object on the ground. When she got closer, she realized it was a gold tooth in what appeared to be a human skull, the team then painstakingly worked days until they found parts of Michelle and eventually Kathy got her day in court and was able to prosecute Roy Melanson. The sheer amount of circumstantial evidence and the magnificent job of tying such a complex case together gives you nothing but the highest regard for Kathy and the team.
Sadly, Michele mother committed suicide just after hearing her daughter was presumed murdered years earlier and had left a suicide note telling her husband to bury their daughter with her if she was ever found. George her father found love a second time and remarried but was never the same man as he grieved for both his wife and daughter. It was good to see he got to promise his wife’s wishes and buried his daughter, but sadly his second wife died and he had two lots of ashes to pick up on the same day.
The other stories are just as intriguing as Necrosearch finds more cold case bodies and meet the police who just could not let the case close even after years of toil it may take on their families and their health. The book is well written and holds the reader’s attention from page to page. A must read book for all true crime readers up there with Ann Rule, Kathryn Casey, M.W.Philps
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5.0 out of 5 stars Closure brings peace of mind 12 March 2017
By Judy A. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Grief never ends, but closure brings peace of mind. Interesting read on the development of forensic science as an evolving art. No Stone Unturned gives insight into this sciences and lends particular importance in finding bodies of murdered victims and solving murders. Necrosearchs dedication to scientific facts and equipment have evolved over time with sophistication to bring help closure to so many families seeking answers to finding their lost and murdered loved ones and to the law enforcement professionals seeking justice for their victims, placing murderes behind bars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's great to know that there are persistent detectives out there ... 21 February 2017
By masha - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this mostly for the story about Christine Elkins and Tony Emery. It's great to know that there are persistent detectives out there who are determined to get some justice for victims and their families.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme dedication to finding truth 7 February 2016
By Margo Ruschmann - Published on Amazon.com
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I read mystery novels. This real life search for clues to missing and murdered people left me with a deep appreciation for the work required in finding out "who done it". Sometimes many years pass with no closure for families left to cope with a missing loved one. The author shows us the steps taken by the people, the search dogs, and the equipment needed to bring each case to a finish.
If you like to be inspired to believe that there are heroes in law enforcement and forensics beyond what you see in television shows such as Bones, folks this is the real deal.
There is so much detail in this book that I had to read it in sections and put it down and come back later. What kept me coming back was the human side of the researchers and the closure for the families.