Websleuths is on the Brink

$10,435 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 273 people in 3 months
You know when you think to yourself “This is it. Things absolutely cannot get any worse” and then things get worse? That’s exactly what has happened.

Due to a couple of events happening at the same time, Websleuths is in dire financial straits. It's bad. Really bad. 

Thanks to the generous donations from our last Websleuths GoFundMe, we received an average of $1600 a month for six months. 

Like many small one-owner businesses, I also invest money from another job I have into the running of Webseluths. 

This part-time job has been very steady and very well paid for the past ten years. With this money, the advertising money and the money raised from the last GoFundMe, we were able to operate Websleuths.

The months of January, February and March are always the lowest months in the advertising business, however, I greatly underestimated just how low January and now February 2018 would actually be. It has left Websleuths in a very scary place.

Then came word that my wonderful 10-year job has been cut back by three fourths. Now I am making exactly one-fourth of the money I have come to depend on and money I would turn around and put into Websleuths.

Add all of these things together and what you have equals financial disaster.

It makes me sick to my stomach to have to turn to you again so soon, but I have nowhere else to go. 

The first bill paid is always the server which is $1100. 00/month. This ensures Websleuths will continue to run. 

It is Websleuths other obligations - obligations that could cause the downfall of Websleuths if not paid - that is the problem facing Websleuths now. Everything from our contractors who help run Websleuths, to business fees due, to legal fees incurred to protect Websleuths, and more.

Websleuths is my full-time job. I am balancing running the forum, trying to help victim’s and their families, and handling the business end. Websleuths takes up my life right now, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Anything you can donate would be greatly appreciated. If everyone gave $5 once, Websleuths would be in the black for a long time to come.

Funds donated will be used as outlined above and at the further discretion of management. 

Finally, let me stress, if you cannot afford to donate, please do not worry. Five dollars is a lot of money when you are broke. 

Websleuths will never charge for membership. Not as long as I am around. 

Please take a moment and look at the incredible work our sleuths have done in our Cold Cases  ,  Missing Persons  & Crimes in the News. 

Websleuths.com we are S.W.A.P!  Sleuths with a Purpose!

Thank you,
Tricia Griffith
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I just want to start out by saying thank you so much to all of you who have donated so far. In a little over 15 days, we have raised over $5,000! Doing the math, this means we could actually reach our goal of $15,000 in about 45 days.

We actually have less than 30 days to fulfill some of our obligations, so if you've already donated, please share on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Remember that each share is a potential donation. Every single dollar and share count.


This past month our members have been following a lot of fascinating cases.

The civil trial is underway in the mysterious death of Rebbeca Zahau. Was it murder or suicide? The Zahau case has more twists and turns than we have seen on Websleuths in a long time.


We have incredible members working very hard to try and identify those bodies without an identity. Websleuths members spend countless hours, days, weeks and months -- sometimes years -- trying to find out who these people are and where they came from. I admire all of these great volunteers. https://www.websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?130-The-Unidentified

Where is 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez? This little guy has captured our hearts and souls. Take a look and see how hard our members are working trying to come up with anything that might lead us to Lucas.


These cases are literally the tip of the iceberg. With over 12 million posts on Websleuths, you can find a place and case that will no doubt capture your interest.

Please add websleuths.com to your tweets and posts so others can take a look and judge for themselves how valuable our sleuths are to the true crime community. Without great sleuths and compassionate members, Websleuths would not exist - you all are valuable to me and to all the visitors that read it every day.

Finally, I would like to thank the WS volunteer moderators and Admins, whose hard work, dedication, and an enduring love of true crime are the nuts and bolts of Websleuths. I could never afford to pay them what they are worth.

We can reach our goal quickly with your help. Please remember to also take a moment or two each day to share this crowdfunding effort on your social media sites.

With all my heart and soul, thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Tricia Griffith
PS. I can't leave you with crime pictures. So here are adorable animal pictures that will make you squeal so loud over their cuteness your neighbors will wonder just what the heck you are up to tonight :)
Kitten so adorable U must squeal outloud
You ain't nothing but a hound dog cryin
Too Cute for Words
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