• A publicity vehicle for missing people who are often neglected by the press and forgotten all too soon; and
• The most comprehensive and reliable tool for those who are investigating missing persons cases.
The Charley Project has been a primary resource for my investigation into Israel Keyes. I've found it's a significantly more reliable and detailed resource than NAMUS (The United States government's database for missing Americans). And I know I'm not alone. The majority of True Crime podcasts I know and listen to cite The Charley Project as a major source for their research. So, I was shocked to find out that this entire comprehensive website and database is managed and operated by a single good samaritan: Meaghan Good.
Meaghan launched the Charley Project in October of 2004. Her interest in cold cases didn't come from a personal experience, but rather from the personal experiences of those around her and in the media. It was her empathy for others that inspired her activism. And her friendship with Jennifer Marra - the founder of the Missing Persons Cold Case Network (MPCCN) - that cemented her work.
Meghan credits being on the autism spectrum for her ability to take on and maintain this herculean task for so long, with so few resources. The Charley Project - which is Meghan's full time job - makes, on average, less than $1000/month. Meaghan and her husband live a pretty modest life in a trailer park in Indiana, funded largely by his teaching salary.
Meaghan, a rape survivor who's challenged with bipolar disorder, has built and maintained this honored and lauded database essentially on good will and empathy alone. And this database has made huge impacts.
Multiple missing people have been found due to the Charley Project. Let's help improve the Charley Project and make this vocation a more viable career for Meaghan.
Join some of your favorite True Crime podcasters and personalities on February 20, 2021 for an all-day podcast-a-thon to help raise money for the Charley Project. But why wait until then, when you can start donating to this critical cause now?
For more information about the True Crime Cares Podcast-a-thon in support of the Charley Project, go to www.cpfundraiser.com
To learn more about Charley Project, go to www.charleyproject.org
And to read some of Charley Project's success stories, check out these links:
• One Woman is Tracking Thousands of Missing People (Autism is Her Superpower) | Digital Detectives: https://youtu.be/m4yjI3dRAgQ
• The Encyclopedia of the Missing: https://longreads.com/2018/01/11/the-encylopedia-of-the-missing/
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