A long day. I spent something like five and a half hours at the Archives today. I managed to find some good information about some very cold cases, including quite a bit of information about a couple murders from the late 1960's. One of them may have been solved, but in order to find out, I will likely have to go back to the Archives and follow up some more.
A woman and her son were at the next microfilm reader. She asked me help her rewind the cartridge, and I showed her. We got to talking. I told her why I was there and she expressed interest. I asked her where she was from and she told me. I recognized that part of the province as being the location for a cold case murder and mentioned the name of the young man who had been murdered out that way. She told me that she works with the victim's sister!
I have been searching high and low for a family member in this case. I could find no obituary for him. The articles in the papers would always quote "the father", without giving the man's name. I'd all but given up. Now, today, I sit next to a woman who works with the victim's sister. Very small world. The woman promised to speak to this sister on Monday. She has a blog business card, so we will see if she reads this post and that jogs her memory.
As they were leaving to rejoin other family members, her son looked at me and asked if I was an investigative reporter. I replied that I suppose I was. His face lit up and he said, "Cool!" and joined his mother.
We will see what comes of today's interaction.
I found some information about a 1999 murder in Dartmouth, including what appears to be the world's shortest obituary. Six lines or something. But even that that provided information like the names of the deceased's siblings and parents. Have already contacted the man's brother. We will see happens.
Got home shortly after 5. Cooked dinner. We watched some television this evening, before I washed the dishes.
It is pushing midnight. I think I will turn in. House cleaning tomorrow.
See you then.