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Highlights of My Life: My Job at the CIA Long Ago . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 1 September 2019

Dear Ones,

I have added some new photos to the highlights of my life … penzu.com/p/c3690bbe … Below is a recap of my job with the CIA, along with the new photos …

From 1970 to 1973 I worked at a fun and challenging job in Foreign Affairs with Joint Publication Research Services (JPRS), a unit within the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA), which is under the auspices of the Department of Commerce.

I was working at the CIA office in San Francisco, where I was an Editor on the Russian and Chinese Research Desk. Here is more on JPRS: http://www.readex.com/content/joint-publications-research-service-jprs-reports-1957-1995  ..

While I was working there, I married a nuclear submarine operator named Wilbur Monroe Mason, and my name as a member of JPRS personnel changed to ‘Alice Berry Clagett Mason’. (Bill and I were later divorced, and in recent years he passed on.)

In 1973, as a cost-cutting measure, the San Francisco branch of JPRS, CIA, closed down, and they consolidated back to their headquarters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, USA. Though this news was unexpected, I was pleased to get a good retirement settlement, and a very nice letter of recommendation from my boss, Mr. Kyuma Mano.

In addition, Mr. Mano gave me a personal gift of a pottery, a beautiful work of art by his wife, with his signature on the bottom, which I treasure to this day …

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Astral Story about Dylan Redwine’s Disappearance in Colorado . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 7 June 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is an example that I recently added to an older blog whose link I have referenced at the end of the astral tale. As a clair person, I have a concern that justice be aptly meted out, but I recognize that clair intel is often plucked without supporting evidence from the astral airs.

Thus I pen my reminiscences of the astral realm with a wry question mark in my mind: Could any of this possibly be true? Were it to be true, would there not be facts that might be unearthed to support it? … for I, the not so eager clairsentient, have no facts to offer, only the oddest of astral rumors …

Once more I shall take pen in hand to tell my readers of a wild astral story that went round regarding the 2012 murder of Dylan Redwine, near Vallecito Lake, Colorado. The astral story had to do with a woman who knew the boy in early childhood, perhaps as a babysitter or friend of the family, and was thought to have captured and tortured him over the course of a month.

On the physical plane, I heard an elderly woman friend in Pine River Senior Center, Bayfield, Colorado (where I would eat lunch and play dominoes a time or two weekly, during my summer visits to Durango during the years 2013 through 2015) once mention that she had seen the child waiting at a bus stop … I thought then that she might have meant a bus stop in Vallecito Lake … on the day of his disappearance. After hearing that story (and if she correctly recognized the child that day), then it could be, I thought, that a family friend, or person he knew, saw him at the bus stop, stopped, and offered to drive him to his destination that day, and that he never got there. This is the only physical fact I have about the event, and that, I recognize, is hearsay. Now, back to the wild astral story …

When the woman took the boy to her bedroom, in her home in a housing development near Vallecito Lake, according to the astral story, her husband wounded the boy’s lower spine in such a way as to prevent locomotion; this act also would have caused incontinence, and paralysis and lack of sensation in the lower body and legs.

Then, over the course of an excruciating month, the astral airs were full of accounts of torture sessions, in which the actors wore costumes that concealed their identities. An actor who made a one-time appearance in a subsidiary role was said to be the illegitimate son of a local law enforcement officer; and that was purported to be the reason why the sessions were not interrupted, nor the perpetrators apprehended.

Another notion put forth on the ‘astral airs’ had to do with the torture sessions being backed by wealthy local people, who conveyed the sessions through closed circuit TV to tourists at a ritzy hotel in Durango. Thus, according to the ‘astral airs’, local people were felt to be ‘in cahoots’ with the crime; or possibly feeling, in a subconscious context, deeply guilty about it.

In the astral story, the kidnapping woman, in her subconscious mind, thought that the leader of her spiritual group was instructing her to torture the child. She and her husband, according to the astral story, called the leader and his wife, and agreed to convey him to their house for one of the torture sessions, in which the leader’s wife cut off the boy’s eyelids with a manicure scissors ‘so that they would be pretty, ‘cornflower eyes’, like her own’ …

Some time thereafter, according to the hypothetical story, the husband of the kidnapping woman took the boy’s life, in his own eyes justifying this as an act of euthanasia, to end the possibility of further torture …

The people in Vallecito, Colorado, were by all accounts, both astral and according to the news media, very upset about the long unsolved mystery of the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, and their upset may have been the incubating impetus for this astral story; it could be that everyone in Vallecito and the neighboring towns of Bayfield and Durango, Colorado, longed, during the years following the abduction or disappearance, for a simple explanation, and an end to the long agony of suspense and not knowing.

The above is a slightly altered excerpt of a recent addition to this blog … Link: “Groups and Acting Out During This Transitional Ascension Phase,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 7 March 2016; published on 14 March 2016; transcribed on 5 June 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-d2B ..

Here is more on the topic, from a clair perspective …

Link: “Amateur Sleuth: The Dylan Redwine Murder Mystery,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 20 June 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7nr ..

Link: “The Voice of a Child,” a poem by Alice B. Clagett, published on 3 March 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8rg ..

Link: “Alice’s Perilous Tales: The Nagging Wife,” by Alice B. Clagett, 31 July 2015, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5QZ ..

Link: “On Torture, and Being Tortured,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 2 February 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8hH ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Groups and Acting Out During This Transitional Ascension Phase . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 7 March 2016; published on 14 March 2016; transcribed on 5 June 2016

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Example: Astral Story about Dylan Redwine’s Disappearance in Colorado
    • Sequel: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Photos from a Flower Garden

Dear Ones,

This is a video about groups and grouping and the eight chakra bow-tie (the group glom effect). I have added as an example an astral story about the Dylan Redwine murder mystery; this example was not in the video itself.

The soothing instrumental music at the end of the below  video is “Prelude No. 20” from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0.

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

A minute ago the sunshine was dazzling, and now it is about to start raining here. That is very unusual … pretty welcome too.

I have something to explain that I have finally found out about groups and grouping and the eighth chakra bow-tie. It has been blogged before on my blogsite … see these blog categories: 08th chakra  … and …  Bow-tie knot  … so you could look under those categories for the background information.

This new information is pretty important for almost everyone on Earth right now, and it goes something like this …

You see, we are all rising to consciousness on the astral plane. This plane is that of the emotional body. Thus conversations on the astral plane, which I sometimes term ‘clair chatter’, have very little in the way of mental thoughts in it. And conversations on the physical plane … as when we chat on the phone or in person … are a mixture of mental and emotional.

So what is happening is that, as groups are expanding into Awareness of their astral bodies … which are more refined energies than the physical body … everyone is becoming clair: clairaudient, clairvoyant, and all those other clairs.

And so one of the first things that seems to happen for groups is that the followers in a group … not the leader but the followers … are the first to become clairaudient. And what they are hearing are the daydreams of their leader; the daydreams that the leader is feeling due to unresolved Soul wounding, generally.

Now the problem with groups, in the physical reality right now, at the beginning of the Great Age of Light, is that they have become accustomed to following the subliminal commands of group leaders … which may be why the advice was put out by other Ascension teachers last year, to try to steer clear of groups. As we become more clair, and before we reach the level of the integration of the physical and the astral plane … the third and fourth dimensions … as followers of groups we can be led into acting out behaviors by suggestions that are really daydreams of the leader of a group.

The below astral story illustrates the importance of not paying attention to what we presume to hear as the advice of a respected group leader, if it contravenes the mandate of law. (In fact, it was the hearing of the astral story that caused me to formulate the overarching topic of this blog.)

Example: Astral Story about Dylan Redwine’s Disappearance in Colorado

Once more I shall take pen in hand to tell my readers of a wild astral story that went round regarding the 2012 murder of Dylan Redwine, near Vallecito Lake, Colorado. The astral story had to do with a woman who knew the boy in early childhood, perhaps as a babysitter or friend of the family, and was thought to have captured and tortured him over the course of a month.

On the physical plane, I heard an elderly woman friend in Pine River Senior Center, Bayfield, Colorado (where I would eat lunch and play dominoes a time or two weekly, during my summer visits to Durango during the years 2013 through 2015) once mention that she had seen the child waiting at a bus stop … I thought then that she might have meant a bus stop in Vallecito Lake … on the day of his disappearance. After hearing that story (and if she correctly recognized the child that day), then it could be, I thought, that a family friend, or person he knew, saw him at the bus stop, stopped, and offered to drive him to his destination that day, and that he never got there. This is the only physical fact I have about the event, and that, I recognize, is hearsay. Now, back to the wild astral story …

When the woman took the boy to her bedroom, in her home in a housing development near Vallecito Lake, according to the astral story, her husband wounded the boy’s lower spine in such a way as to prevent locomotion; this act also would have caused incontinence, and paralysis and lack of sensation in the lower body and legs.

Then, over the course of an excruciating month, the astral airs were full of accounts of torture sessions, in which the actors wore costumes that concealed their identities. An actor who made a one-time appearance in a subsidiary role was said to be the illegitimate son of a local law enforcement officer; and that was purported to be the reason why the sessions were not interrupted, nor the perpetrators apprehended.

Another notion put forth on the ‘astral airs’ had to do with the torture sessions being backed by wealthy local people, who conveyed the sessions through closed circuit TV to tourists at a ritzy hotel in Durango. Thus, according to the ‘astral airs’, local people were felt to be ‘in cahoots’ with the crime; or possibly feeling, in a subconscious context, deeply guilty about it.

In the astral story, the kidnapping woman, in her subconscious mind, thought that the leader of her spiritual group was instructing her to torture the child. She and her husband, according to the astral story, called the leader and his wife, and agreed to convey him to their house for one of the torture sessions, in which the leader’s wife cut off the boy’s eyelids with a manicure scissors ‘so that they would be pretty, ‘cornflower eyes’, like her own’. (This part of the astral story has to do with the topic of this blog.)

Some time thereafter, according to the hypothetical story, the husband of the kidnapping woman took the boy’s life, in his own eyes justifying this as an act of euthanasia, to end the possibility of further torture. More on this wild astral story here …

Link: “Amateur Sleuth: The Dylan Redwine Murder Mystery,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 20 June 2017 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7nr ..

The people in Vallecito, Colorado, were by all accounts, both astral and according to the news media, very upset about the long unsolved mystery of the disappearance of Dylan Redwine, and their upset may have been the incubating impetus for this astral story; it could be that everyone in Vallecito and the neighboring towns of Bayfield and Durango, Colorado, longed, during the years following the abduction or disappearance, for a simple explanation, and an end to the long agony of suspense and not knowing.

[Video, continued …] From this astral story … even assuming that there is the smallest thread of truth in it, I gathered with some forcefulness how important it might be to develop a sense right away … right now … of who we are, and of making our own decisions, and not following the subliminal suggestions of group leaders; especially for groups that are used to blindly following the advice of their leaders, and for which there is not much democratic choice. It is very important to switch gears right now, and instead consult our own higher levels … our own higher energies … and find out whether or not we should act in the world in a certain way.

In the past, I have given this general rule of thumb, and that is: Just do not do anything criminal …

Link: “Criminal Minds Have Criminal Thoughts,” an affirmation by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 7 November 2015; published on 15 November 2015 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4ig ..

Do not do anything that is against the law, because the repercussions are rather severe, if a person does criminal activities and then that is found out by law enforcement. It is very important to toe the line right now. That is the first thing.

In addition, do not do anything that cannot be revoked, such as taking someone’s life, or taking one’s own life, or anything of that nature; nothing that is so final as that.

Now keeping in mind this is only a skit that is taking place, within the context of our many Higher Selves … see blog category: Physical body and subtle bodies … I mean, there are 72 dimensions … see my blog category: Dimensions … The third and fourth dimensions are getting this kind of difficult choices (but very important choices at this moment in time).

Whether we lose form or we do not lose form, is not as important as we think it is, because we exist in so many different dimensions and timelines. But nevertheless, what a waste of a wonderful physical body, to make some decisions based on the notion that the leader knows the right thing to do, and is telling us that … when, in fact, the leader may not have arisen to that awareness yet; the followers are arising to that awareness first.

So my suggestion is: If you start hearing things from your leader that sound a little odd, that do not sound as if they fall within the normal range of the leader’s perogatives, the thing to do is to sit down and talk with them on the physical plane. Find out if it was a daydream or something true. And that way I think we can get through this situation much more gracefully and easily.

It is hard for followers, very hard, because we are dealing with the feral drives, the primate and pack instincts, which have been operating through the unconscious thought cloud of the world for all these 11,000 years … to teach us many Soul lessons, of course … but right now, the thing to do is to stand back, and consider why we are taking certain actions, and to try … with our higher consciousness, our Christ consciousness … to consider what Christ would do. Or if Christ is not our leader, then perhaps follow the Ten Commandments of Moses, who, I feel, thought very hard about what is needed to get along in the civilized world, in a group; and in conjunction with other groups too, as the situation is today.

It is not like there is just one pack right now, and everybody has to toe the line. Instead, there are many, many packs, and they all have to get along pretty much together. And the way that functions is through the law … and to take it a step higher, through our own higher consciousness and our own notion of loving, Christ consciousness and Christ Awareness.

We have to find the middle ground, where we do not react to the leaders, but instead, stand back, in our own light of higher consciousness, and decide whether we should be doing something or not.

We may be determined to follow the leaders. I suggest that is not such a good idea right now because of the misunderstandings that can come up, because of the glom effect, and because it is harder to clear when we follow leaders … even family leaders or leaders of spiritual groups; any kind of leaders, right now. The thing to do is to stand back, and not do that so much as before; to realize that we have come into our own wisdom … our Soul wisdom … and that we can find that path ourselves.

It may come out, in your group, that some people act out in a very upsetting way, and that the responsibility for that lies, in a way, with the leader, because the leader has been daydreaming. But the true responsibility for each person on Earth has to do with their own Soul, and their own wisdom. We cannot really blame it on the leaders. We have to take responsibility for every act of our own, in the world.

That is the dynamic, though: The dynamic is that the suggestion is by the leader, in an unconscious or subconscious way, and that the followers … thinking that it is the right thing to do, even though it is exceedingly unusual, perhaps … are actually doing the thing.

Well, you all take care. I am glad that this has been found out. And I hope it will be easier for each succeeding group that is ascending to not act out; and to realize their own greatness, without that group glom effect.

You all take care. Love you all lots. I wish you the very highest and the very best.

Sequel: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Photos from a Flower Garden

The sequel features the soothing instrumental “Prelude No. 20” from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC BY 4.0, along with photos from a flower garden.

Image: “Flower Garden 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 5,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 6: Bird Bath,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 6: Bird Bath,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 7,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 8,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 8,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 9,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 9,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 10,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 10,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 11: Squirrel,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Flower Garden 11: Squirrel,” by Alice B. Clagett, 6 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “The ‘Power Over’ Video Series,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 24 January 2015; transcribed on 31 May 2018; revised on 28 January 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4bQ … See the section: Power Over 5: Rules of the Alpha Male: The Old Boys’ Club

A more polished rendition on the topic of this video, sans the above Dylan Redwine example, is …

There is a more polished version of the topic of the above video (but without mention of the Dylan Redwine example) … Link: “Acting Out by Followers on a Group Leader’s Subconscious Suggestion,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 14 March 2016 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-4ZP ..

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Cannibal Song: The 29-Flavor Barbecue . aka Ogreish Stew . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 2 May 2019

Dear Ones,

Here is a new poem for you, about an event that … I am pleased to convey … did not take place in the year 2016, in Red Rock Canyon State Park, Santa Clarita, California, fairly close to where I live …

CANNIBAL SONG: THE 29-FLAVOR BARBECUE … aka OGREISH STEW
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
2 May 2019

 

Where do you put a cannibal kid?
Into a pot and under a lid?

Is it the ego, or maybe the id?
What could be broke in the cannibal kid?

How do you figure a cannibal’s bile
Relates to the things you consider worthwhile?

What do you say to the cannibal’s guile
When the charming man says, with a toothsome smile,

“Will you drop by my place for a while?
“I make a mean meatloaf. I’ll do it in style!”

What, oh what will that ogre make you?
People tartare. or cannibal stew
Or 29-flavor barbecue?

Shall we eschew, or hie ourselves nigh
That camo cook with a cloaked banzai?

Consider what might be required of the guest
And just say no! to that wry guy’s jest.

Pasquinade
by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
2 May 2019

 

Anthropophagy Is definitely
Not this poetess’ cup of tea!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Notice that Soundtrack has been added . by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

I have added a soundtrack to the song “Desperado” in the blog linked to below …

Link: “The Dance Steps on the Parquet Floor,” by Alice B. Clagett,” Published on 1 January 2018; Filmed on 1 January 2018; soundtrack added on 1 November 2018, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8eT ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Call to Action for the FBI: Desperado Towns and Rogue Counties in the United States . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 28 December 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

Here is a Call to Action requesting FBI travel risk ratings for United States tourists in the United States. After the video is a lightly edited Summary of the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

 Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

This is a Call to Action for … I guess it is the FBI … the Secret Service in the United States.

Some years ago I noticed, online, on the “CIA Factbook” …

Link: “The World Factbook,” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/ ..

… descriptions of various countries in the world, and recommendations for United States tourists regarding the perils involved in travel to those countries. There was a rating scale regarding perilousness in travel to foreign countries. I do not know if that is still online in the CIA Factbook for tourists today, but it was a wonderful service for tourists, I feel  …

I see that similar information for tourists is now located here …

Link: “Travel Risk Ratings,” by Harvard Global Support Services, https://www.globalsupport.harvard.edu/travel-tools/risk-ratings#Afghanistan … Includes International SOS country profiles and State Department travel advisories.

… I had a notion regarding the FBI, and a similar service for United States tourists: It seems to me, from a clair perspective, that there may be a few towns in the United States  … or possibly, counties … where the rule of law and order is not what a tourist might anticipate.

And if there are such towns, it might be helpful to have a trustworthy list of places to avoid, or of activities to avoid in those places, here in the United States. And who better to do that than the FBI?

Just as background, it seems to me that there are towns, here in the United States … and elsewhere in the world … for which the local populace … the local ‘ethos’, you might say … is such that law-abidingness is less valued … especially with regard to local people’s actions towards people who are just passing through … than might be the case in other towns and locales.

Sometimes the people in a place are used to things just the way they are. They may never have traveled to other towns. They may not know about the standards of law-abidingness that are held to in even counties in the next state.  So for whatever reason,  it is not as safe to be there, if you are a stranger, as it would otherwise be.

For whatever reason …

  • whether because of the low level of the economy there (because it is hard to get by there),
  • because perhaps there is a tradition of elevating non-law-abidingness in that locale that is held to by everyone in the town …

… whatever the reason, it may be impossible … at this time, and in this space … for the people in that locale to change.

I feel that a slowdown in the income stream from tourists to these locales would be very telling. It would be more of an argument to the local people, to make that change to a more conventional law enforcement agenda, than anything else.

Money talks, and so I feel that an FBI list, advising tourists along these lines, would have short-term and long-term benefits:

  • Short-term benefits, in terms of safety for tourists,
  • And long-term benefits, in terms of greater uniformity in terms of enforcement of law codes accepted in most of the United States.

Well, that is it for tonight. God bless you all, and may your travels through these great United States be all that you hope they might be.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Amateur Sleuth: On Matching Up Mugshots . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 29 April 2018

  • My ‘Criminology’ Background: Co-Author of a Crime Avoidance ‘How To’ Book Some Years Ago
  • Thoughts from an Amateur Sleuth
  • Mugshots: Matching Head Size and Then Analyzing Each Facial Feature
  • Mugshots: Taking Age DIfferences into Consideration
  • Mugshots: Differences Caused by Head Tilt
  • Mugshots: Width or Fullness of the Face Due to Weight Gain, Steroids, Botox, or Addictions
  • ‘Crime Clusters’ on Background Alert: Criminal Obfuscation or Cyber Crime?
  • Conclusion

Dear Ones,

My ‘Criminology’ Background: Co-Author of a Crime Avoidance ‘How To’ Book Some Years Ago

As you may know, some long years ago, using the pen name Cricket Clagett, I co-authored a book, now out of print, entitled “1001 Ways to Avoid Getting Mugged, Murdered, Robbed, Raped, and Ripped Off” …

Link: “1001 Ways to Avoid Getting Mugged, Murdered, Robbed, Raped, or Ripped Off,” by Vivo Bennett and Alice Clagett, https://www.amazon.com/dp/0884054063/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me= .. out of print

It looks like there’s a reprint being ‘ripped off’ now … go figure! ..

Thoughts from an Amateur Sleuth

Since then, I have had a casual, ‘amateur sleuth’ interest in criminology. Lately, I’ve been interested in ‘crime makeovers’ (you can search that phrase on my blog for what I’ve come up with).

From time to time, I will see two mugshots (facial photos), and ask my family and friends: Do you think these are the same person? And I’ve noticed, they say, “No! They’re two different people.”

I find this interesting, and I wonder why they arrive at these conclusions. For myself, when I analyze two mugshots, I notice that I also make snap judgments, such as:

Gosh, do these two people look different!

Then I think: Well, but they somehow feel like the same person. This is the intuitive in me speaking I guess. What they call, in the detective novels, a ‘hunch’ (as opposed to a ‘lead’ … which I figure must be more substantial).

I know there are all kinds of ways to alter facial features and body statistics so as to avoid detection by camera at a crime scene, and also to avoid criminal database matchups. I have put a little about this in another blog, which I feel might be an interesting read …

Link: “Crime Makeovers 1,” … by Alice B. Clagett, revised 17 April 2017 and 15 April 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-76J ..

Mugshots: Matching Head Size and Then Analyzing Each Facial Feature

So then, I came up with the notion of sizing the bottom of the chin and top of the head (as opposed to the top of the hair) on each mugshot the same. And then going facial feature by facial feature. For instance, observing first the nose, then the eyes, then the eyebrows, then the pattern of the facial hair, then the ears, and so on. And then making a tally of likely matched features. And then deciding the likelihood of a match (even though date of birth, weight, social security number, and even height might vary).

Mugshots: Taking Age Differences into Consideration

Age can also make it challenging to match mugshots. The age disparity does make these mugshots look different, but, I feel, not too different …

Mugshots: Differences Caused by Head Tilt

I have also found that when a person looks slightly down or up, when a photo is taken, then the photos look very different, and a matchup becomes more challenging because of that. The middle vertical row of faces in these artistic sketches clearly illustrate the differences that head tilt causes …

Link: Artist renditions of head tilt, https://drawingartistic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/drawing-a-face-looking-down-draw-a-face-diy.jpg ..

Some of the most notable of these are the length of the forehead, the nose, and the chin. The eyebrows, eyes, mouth, and ears also look very different, do you not think?

Mugshots: Width or Fullness of the Face Due to Weight Gain, Steroids, Botox, or Addictions

I have also noticed that a change in width or fullness of the face can make it look very different.

‘Crime Clusters’ on Background Alert: Criminal Obfuscation or Cyber Crime?

As a casual user of Background Alert, I might discount this ‘crime cluster’ … had I not run across it several times elsewhere; this makes me wonder if the middle names and other police report statistics might have been misrepresented in some way, possibly by the suspects, or maybe through cyber crime?

Conclusion

Well, dear reader, it is up to you to figure out this puzzle. And puzzle it is! For there is nothing that an outlaw likes to do more, than to elude a posse! I wish you the best of luck in your own amateur sleuth endeavors!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Video: “Pancho and Lefty,” by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 3 April 2016,  by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbZ3VdYb90o ..

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