By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Last month, in Switzerland, a couple was found seventy-five years after they disappeared. They were headed up the mountain to milk the cows and ended up staying there until the Tsanfleuron glacier near a ski lift above Les Diablerets resort at an altitude of 8,600 ft began receding seventy-five years after the search parties had given up.
Because their 1942 clothing and backpacks were so well preserved it was clear to local Swiss police that something was unusual. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin were 37 and 40 at the time they went missing. According to Time Magazine, Udry-Dumoulin, who is now 79, and became an orphan when she was four, said she and her six siblings spent their "whole lives" looking for their parents, "without stopping." She told Le Matin that they hoped to give them "the funeral they deserved one day" thereby finally achieving closure, once the DNA results verified the identities.
The Independent ran a story about the funeral that enabled to two surviving children of the couple to finally get closure. Marcelene who was four the day her parents went missing said she had climbed that glacier three times after her parents had vanished and the nieces said they were "now happy they were finally able to mourn."
Sometimes closure never occurs, despite DNA results and other forms of objective evidence. Bay Area private investigator, Michael Spencer just published a book about his own private investigator experiences and the animated book trailer (which includes a voice over intro by Pursuit Mag, Editor-in-Chief, Hal Humphreys) tells the story of a blind and wealthy guy who meets with a private investigator to pursue the answers to unresolved questions he has about his wife's fidelity however none of the evidence Spencer provides can appease the man and finally Spencer has to tell him that it's time to close the case.
It is an unexpected and refreshing twist on the 1st person detective genre and registers as something like a mashup of Sam Spade and of NPR's StoryCorps. Hopefully more animated shorts from Spencer will follow.
Meanwhile you can preorder the book the story comes from on Amazon and it will be available in September.
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