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Fri Sep 11, 2020, 03:34 PM

Here's an interview I did about missing persons, serial killers and my books...

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Good morning. Today we are fortunate to be joined by published author Dave Ayotte, foremost expert and authority on the link between missing persons, and the search for and capture of serial killers.

Q: Let's start at the very beginning. What piqued your interest first, serial killers or missing persons

A: I've always been interested in Serial Killers, but missing persons didn't catch my attention until I joined a Yahoo-group about Ghost. I was also very interested in the unexplained (i.e. UFOs, Bigfoot, ghost etc.) and that also included missing persons (i.e. Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa etc.), but when I joined the ghost group, I met someone there who was trying to find a missing friend.


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Q: What caused you to believe that there was a link?

A: When I started looking into my friend's missing friend, for some reason, it dawned on me that almost every (if not all) serial killer cases had at least one missing person associated with it in someway or somehow.

My friend found her missing friend, but she was dead from a bizarre accident, and unfortunately, I haven't kept in touch with her and have no idea what the status of the case is today.


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Q: Have you and your group ever personally located a missing person? Serial killer?

A: I don't have a group per se, but there is one case about three missing woman from Springfield, MO (1992), that me and a friend believe that we've solved, but unfortunately LE is reluctant to dig up the area that the bodies might be at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield_Three

My friend went to talk to one of the reporters that covered the original case, but he didn't know much more than we did, except that he did mention in passing that some buildings were being constructed across the street from him at that time.

It was a medical facility, and my first revelation was that's where they were buried, and I think my friend is the one who tipped off the police about it.

Someone actually used some ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in one of the parking garages and found three anomalies that could be bodies, but LE refuses to dig them up, because it would be too expensive, and besides, the building was constructed in 1993, a year after the disappearances.

That was a lie, because the actual construction began the year before that, according to the reporter.

A friend from another group also told me that the case would never be solved, because of things she knew about LE there. Unfortunately, she was right, because the case is still considered unsolved to this day.

Another interesting aspect was that my friend went to go talk to the sister of one of the missing, and she got royally pissed off and has been threatening him ever since. He had to stop, because of this.


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Q: How receptive has LE been to using your methods and techniques to solve both missing persons and serial killer cases?

A: As far as I know, LE doesn't know a thing about my theories.


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Q: Have they offered any resources, or do they hold their cases close to the vest, so to speak?

A: In cold cases, LE isn't as close-mouthed, but of course, like all homicides, they do keep some information secret so as to have something in which to identify the real killer. Some of them have even asked for the public's help in solving them.


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Q: Are you at liberty to discuss your current case?

A: I have no current case, except maybe the Israel Keyes case:

http://www.amystrange.org/SEK-KEYES-Israel.html

I had to stop that research because reading missing person reports was causing me emotional trauma, but that was also about the time I got my first book started and decided to use that as a way to get my theories and ideas across about Serial Killers and the missing.


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Q: What about cold cases? Have you been given access to information on cold cases, and have you solved any?

A: After my revelation about serial killers and missing persons, I joined a Yahoo-group that was actually called Cold Cases. They're associated with a group called the Doe Network and a couple other organizations that did the same thing (including Project Cold Case). They had a good relationship with law enforcement and have actually been able to identify a significant number of unidentified bodies. I had nothing to do with any of them except as a participant in some of the discussions:

The Doe Network:

http://www.doenetwork.org/

Project Cold Case:

https://www.projectcoldcase.org/

One of the founding members, Todd Matthews, actually helped solve one of those cold cases:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11593868/amateur-detectives-dleuths-solve-crimes-cold-cases-home/

Anyway, what we did was try to give names to the almost 40,000 unidentified bodies (UIDs, Un-Identified Decedents) that have been found across the country. Most of them are unsolved, because without an identity, that's almost impossible. Plus, since most of them were found in rural areas, they were so decomposed and ravished by animals, that's it's almost impossible to tell how they even died, especially if it was by strangulation.

An interesting aside is that since 1974, when the FBI started keeping track of missing persons, 74,000 missing persons have never been found.


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Q: Now, just one last question: Who is AmyStrange?

A: AmyStrange was originally my pet cat. Now, she's the talking Cat in my books, that I dedicated to her, because I lost her after going homeless one too many times.


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Thank-you Dave, for joining us.

You're welcome, and thank you for the interview.

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Response to AmyStrange (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 04:12 PM

1. Impressive

Thanks for posting.

Have you ever looked at the enormous numbers of Native American women that go missing?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 04:25 PM

2. Thank you, and...

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I am aware of a couple groups that the Doe Network is associated with that deal with that exclusively:

Sister Watch is one of them, but the second one escapes my memory:

https://vancouver.ca/police/organization/investigation/investigative-services/major-crime/sister-watch.html

It's a big deal up in Canada and a large part of the Northern Central and Western United States.
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Response to Bayard (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 04:29 PM

3. I even wrote a blog piece about it back in 2011...

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Response to Bayard (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 08:20 PM

6. Vancouver was at one time the epicenter of all that, because

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of the Pickton (Pig Farmer) Case:

10 Dark Facts About Robert Pickton, The Pig Farmer Killer

https://listverse.com/2018/10/30/10-dark-facts-about-robert-pickton-the-pig-farmer-killer/
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Response to AmyStrange (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 04:30 PM

4. AmyStrange...

Thank you for posting this. I'll be reading it this afternoon. I'm one who is fascinated with missing person cases, true crime, the psychology of how one becomes a serial killer, etc..

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Response to Upthevibe (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 04:41 PM

5. Thank you, and...

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Serial Killers ARE fascinating, although some people think I've got a very strange hobby.
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Wed Sep 23, 2020, 12:34 AM

7. Savanna's Act, a bipartisan bill to address 'tragic issue' of missing and murdered Native Americans

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Savanna's Act, a bipartisan bill to address 'tragic issue' of missing and murdered Native Americans, passes US House

A bipartisan bill aimed at addressing the "tragic issue" of missing and murdered Native Americans passed the U.S. House on Monday and is headed to the desk of President Donald Trump.

Savanna's Act, named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind of Fargo, North Dakota, a pregnant 22-year-old Spirit Lake tribal member who was killed in 2017, would establish national law enforcement guidelines between the federal government and American Indian tribes.

The bill unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in March after Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, reintroduced the bill after former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, had proposed it in 2017.

"When I first introduced this bill last Congress, I couldn't have imagined the groundswell of support we would receive and I'm encouraged that even during these partisan times, Congress came together and passed this important and needed bill," Heitkamp said in a statement to USA TODAY.

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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/savanna-s-act-a-bipartisan-bill-to-address-tragic-issue-of-missing-and-murdered-native-americans-passes-us-house/ar-BB19hf2G?ocid=msedgdhp&pfr=1
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