I have been using Google search to look up articles on crimes of some of my pen-pals. My results have not been great. On one, I found a small article on his short lived escape from prison, but not an article on the murder he committed. Some of you seem to be doing a better job than me in finding info. Give me some hints on search engines to use, and etc.
bigdog I use google and yahoo.. however some of the articles you see posted can only be accessed through pay sites. Law Dog and alot of the legal members of the boards can usually find more through methods only allowed by persons of the legal field I think....
Google is about the best search engine out there for finding what is available to the public and, most importantly, for free. Finding this stuff definitely isn't rocket science (a phrase that's been used around here a lot recently, I know), but it does take some experience in research in general and legal research specifically. I'd also recommend going to www.findlaw.net, but you'll have limited access there and it can also be confusing if you don't understand legal jargon, the structure of the court system, etc. As you've seen, those with experience and/or password access to pay sites can come up with accurate stuff pretty quickly. Speaking for myself and I'm sure for the others here with experience, feel free to ask away!
Thanks Dupin, I just sent Connie an email with the prisoners names. If she can't find the info I will re-post for help. Using the Google search I have been able to trace my family tree back to 476 A.D., but I can't find something that happened in 1982. Anyway, thanks again....
I know what you mean about finding cavemen ancestors on the web. That's actually one of the clues about what is available. That stuff is there because it was PUT there. The archival news sources aren't nearly as complete. I've found it difficult to find news stories from even 1992, because this was right before just about everything went digital. What's really strange is that I was looking for access to the old Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle newspaper. You can't get 1901-1955 online, but you get 1899-1900! The WWW in imperfect source of info to be sure. The good old library is still the most efficient means to find something.