I was interviewed by Marli Kaufmann for The Scold, a small online magazine directed at women. Marli is an old friend of mine whom I met while we were both attending Hendrix College in Arkansas. She interviewed me by email in February. Initially she was going to write a regular article about the Charley Project, but she liked my interview answers so much that she decided to just post the whole thing as-is.
So check it out: Meet the Woman Who Catalogs the Missing, published on March 8.
Although Ed Dentzel released the podcast on I think Tuesday, I didn’t mention it on my blog till today cause I wanted to listen to the whole thing. (Why that was, I don’t know; I’d heard the whole thing already, when I gave the interview in the first place.) Well, Michael and his parents and I listened to it all this afternoon and it turned out great. I wish I hadn’t talked so fast though. My apologies if people have trouble understanding me.
The entire podcast — the introduction, interview and after-interview statement — is 1 hour and 12 minutes long. And I would recommend you guys turn up your volumes a bit.
It’s on Podomatic and on Stitcher and on iTunes.
The guy who does the “UnFound” podcasts has just released three more. (My links for the MPs’ names direct you to their Charley Project casefiles; click on the “UnFound” link above to see the podcasts.) There’s:
The podcaster, Ed Dentzel, interviewed me by phone on September 21. We talked for about an hour, and afterwards, at his request, I emailed him a bunch of stuff. The September call was actually what they call a pre-interview. The real, public interview will be next week. In the meantime, Ed is going to send me an outline of how he’d like the interview to go, what questions he plans to ask me, etc., for me to examine and suggest possible changes if needs be.
I had mentioned that a guy who does podcasts about missing people was going to interview me this past Friday. Well, we did talk for an hour and he seemed absolutely fascinated by me and asked all sorts of questions and I wound up telling him all sorts of stuff about the inner workings on the Charley Project. And then I sent him some emails with more stuff, some links to some of the cases I’d mentioned him, info about the social media, etc.
The talk I had with him was actually a “pre-interview”, though. I’ve done those before. Basically it’s a rehearsal for the actual interview: the interviewer and interviewee talk and together they basically figure out a general plan for how the interview will go and what questions will be asked and so on.
Pre-interviews can be very important, especially if the actual interview is live. I was once interviewed on Skype by a TV station in Colombia. The interviewer spoke English, but her accent was so pronounced that several times I had to say “I didn’t understand that, can you repeat it? And maybe say it more slowly?” This was in the pre-interview, thank goodness, because in a live interview that would have been a big mess. But I learned what she was saying and during the actual interview there were no misunderstandings of that kind.
So my actual Charley Project interview on this person’s podcast won’t be done for another few weeks — I sent him a lot of material to look over and he wants to do it right, and this isn’t going to be like a two-minute sound bite type thing. But here’s his podcast on iTunes. They’re all free. He just put out four new episodes. He did mention that all the shows together total 6 1/2 hours in length, so listen at your own risk.
A guy named Ed Dentzel emailed asking if I could do an interview for a missing persons podcast her does. He wrote saying,
“Part of the format is I do interviews for the show. I’ve done interviews with writers, mothers of the disappeared, friends of the missing, and some bloggers. I’d love to have you on the show some time to tell everyone what goes on behind the scenes at the Charley Project. As you know, it is probably THE website for missing persons and my listeners would like to hear how it all works.”
That is extremely kind. I wrote back saying yes of course, and we exchanged phone numbers. He says probably it will be Friday. I’m available all day Friday except between roughly 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
So you can hear me all then!
I was just looking at FBI’s VICAP missing persons page and noticed they have a new one on there, Johnathan Thrasher. I have him listed on Charley as John Thrasher.
Do these pictures look familiar to you?
This is the article I got quoted in: Parents indicted in cold case murder of Hawaiian boy by Malia Zimmerman.
“It was just absolutely horrifying the torture this child was subjected to,” said Meaghan Good, founder and editor of The Charley Project, a website that is tracking 9,500 unsolved murder cases including that of Peter Boy Jr. “I read all 2,000 pages about the case released by the Department of Human Services in 2005, and it very obvious what happened to Peter Boy Jr.”