Dreamed about NamUs

Last night I had a dream about NamUs. I dreamed I’d discovered a keyboard shortcut — ctrl-U — that made each entire casefile visible to me, including all the stuff that’s hidden to private citizens who aren’t law enforcement. Of course I was basically drooling over the treasure trove of information that had suddenly been revealed to me, but uncertain what to do with it all, since it was supposed to be hidden and if I posted it on Charley it would no longer be so.

In real life, ctrl-U shows you the sourcecode for pages.

14 thoughts on “Dreamed about NamUs

  1. NH February 28, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    I share your dream.

    It is just appalling that NamUs has made the choices they have — to hide information and limit the public users dashboard size. I am not sure how important privacy is when you have over worked investigators who could benefit from help from some of the obsessed public and more than enough neglected cases.

    The net result is that you have to send in more potential matches because you cannot see the dentals or the type of DNA tests that were done and the descriptions are sanitized. It is these subtleties that enable us to help efficiently.

    In addition the dashboard notifications tell you about minor often inconsequential changes — which is at least something – but they don’t tell you if a match was made or when it was made. Potentially the resolution details could inform future cases – although only on this point I can see that some families may want to keep some of this private – but why not ask. At least it could say foul play or not and perhaps generally where an how the person was found.

    There is other research in the search are rescue world that identifies behaviors pattern that are obscured here — but that could help speed resolution by all parties.

    • NH March 2, 2014 / 2:07 pm

      I don’t mean to disparage all if the good work that NamUs does it is a potentially game changing institution (as is the Charley Project) and go me it is a good catalogue to fact check for comparisons and check details.

      The point that I was hoping to make was that the conservative legal interpretation of privacy is thwarting the main purpose of NamUs – to facilitate resolution if missing person cases. It is also making it more difficult for the public to help — fostering the fading idea that only law enforcement can help.

      • Meaghan March 2, 2014 / 2:51 pm

        That second comment sums up pretty nicely my own opinion, NH.

  2. Angie February 28, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Oh, man! That must have been the worst dream to wake up from! I once had a dream that Jason Doe aka Grateful Dead Fan was identified and I was reading about it on here. I woke up so happy and then I was like “oh….:(”

    In better news, Stewart Simmons has been identified, and Margaret Ann Walden may be the Jane Doe he was found with:

    Victim of 1982 homicide identified | The Pagosa Springs SUN

    • Meaghan February 28, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      For some reason, I rarely remember my dreams right after I wake up. I wake up and go about my business, then the dream comes back to me gradually later during the day.

    • Kat March 1, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      This link did not work for me……not sure if it is just me or a broken link, but thanks for posting it anyway!

  3. Justin February 28, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    I had a fantasy (not a dream), that my laptop suddenly had access to NCIC and I could look up any missing person in their database that I wanted.

  4. T.T. March 1, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Off-topic I know, and I hate to both stray off-topic and complain about the job that NCMEC does as I find them to be a very helpful and important website/program, but seriously, WTF is up with Felipa Gonzalez’s AP? That is one of the creepiest things that I have EVER seen.

    • Claudine March 2, 2014 / 11:50 am

      Is that a NCMEC AP? I don’t see a NCMEC logo and the child isn’t listed on NCMEC’s page

      • Meaghan March 2, 2014 / 12:34 pm

        I don’t think it is. For one thing Felipa is too old to be an NCMEC case, and also the AP is hand-drawn, whereas the NCMEC ones are made by computer.

  5. Keelie March 3, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    I also think that the HIPAA rules can obstruct the search for someone. I understand privacy but they are too black and white. I have been in the medical field for many years and most of the people I work with are professional enough that they don’t violate anyone’s privacy…along came HIPAA to fix a problem that wasn’t really that huge!

    • Meaghan March 4, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      My mom (now retired) had a career in the health field and she hated the HIPAA laws.

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