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TRATWD 160 – The Lost and the Least, Chapter 18

In which Kate encounters a mysterious stranger — and Callie meets her new sysadmin.

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TRATWD 157 – The Lost and the Least, Chapter 15

In which Kate tries to fix a broken swoop, celebrates her birthday, and has some conversations that put a whole lot of puzzle pieces into place…

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TRATWD 156 – The Lost and the Least, Chapter 14

Sorry for the delay on this episode, folks. I thought I could get the editing done while we were off visiting my parents, but we ended up spending a lot more time hanging out with my family, about which I have no regrets.

In Chapter 14 we catch up with Will and Callie, who have been making some house calls to check up on missing Street Rats. Meanwhile, Silas Kenning deals with some computer problems…

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains implied references to sexual trafficking and underage prostitution. No explicit sexual acts are described or depicted.

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TRATWD 153 – The Lost and the Least, Chapter 11

Kate investigates the missing Mrs. Roberts. Meanwhile, vampire medical examiner Morgan Drauling has some one-on-one time with a Jane Doe — and makes an alarming discovery.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 36: Things Unseen, Chapter 6, Part 2

The Story: “Things Unseen,” Chapter 6, Part 2

Kate returns home to Serenity Arms for dinner, where she discusses the case with Ms. Fallon and receives an unexpected delivery.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 34: Things Unseen, Chapter 5

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The Story: “Things Unseen,” Chapter Five

Kate, David and the Lightbringers compare notes and plan their next move after the revelations of Chapter Four. Morgan uncovers a connection between the two cases. Kate and David visit SPELLS 4 U.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 32: Things Unseen, Chapter 4, Part 2

The Story: “Things Unseen,” Chapter Four, Part 2

Kate pays a visit to House Kapler in the hope of turning up some clues to Misty’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, David returns to Hunter’s Hollow with Lightbringer agents Yancy and Kelsey, where they make a surprising discovery.

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TRATWD 032: Things Unseen, Chapter Four, Part 2

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 30: Things Unseen, Chapter 3, Part 2

The Story: “Things Unseen,” Chapter Three, Part 2

Kate and David visit the home of Misty Halliway to search for clues to her disappearance — but meanwhile, something else is investigating them.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 29: Things Unseen, Chapter 3, Part 1

The Story: “Things Unseen,” Chapter Three, Part 1

Count Halliway, the Imperial Minister of Intelligence, wants Kate and David to track down his missing daughter — and he’s willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure they succeed. Meanwhile, Morgan uncovers new clues about the body in Hunters’ Hollow.

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The Lost and the Least: Unidentified and Unclaimed Persons

The Lost and the Least: Unidentified and Unclaimed Persons

This is the second post in a monthly series about the origins of the next Metamor City novel, The Lost and the Least. In this series I examine the real-life tragedies that are overlooked by the news media: the unseen suffering of the forgotten.

Jane Doe, Alsip, IL, 1980

Jane Doe, Alsip, IL, 1980

On September 23, 1980, at approximately 12:19 pm, the body of a Black female was located in the Cal-Sag Channel in Alsip, Illinois. The victim was face down in the fetal position and was naked from the waist down. The victim had six stab wounds to her back and two stab wounds to her chest. The victim’s hands were bound with an electrical cord, and a neck tie around her neck which also bound one hand to her upper legs. Her face was covered with adhesive tape. The victim was found wearing a blue wool sweater, a dark floral blouse, and a beige bra.

– From the FBI ViCAP database

In 2014, the FBI received 876 new reports of unidentified persons: recovered bodies whose identities could not be ascertained. This was actually a light year; in most years since the FBI began keeping records, the number is over 1000. In 2007 there were an astonishing 1788 new cases.

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