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The Many, Many Dark Horses of the 2018 World Cup

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, and as such is bound to spawn an almost endless deluge of analysis from every sports journalist with a keyboard and an internet connection. Every aspect of the competition is covered from every conceivable angle, and the conversation over who will be the 'dark horse' - that is, an unfavoured team who could actually be in with a chance of winning the Cup, or at least outperforming expectations - is no exception.
No other topic inspires quite as much tedious contrarianism and guesswork disguised as insight; the nebulousness of the definition of the term 'dark horse', as well as sports fans' natural affinity for a plucky underdog and desire to see the establishment order upended, create an atmosphere where journalists can pump out take after lazy take about which teams may buck the trend. And while mainstream opinion tends to coalesce around a few teams (Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, England and Poland seem to be the conventional choices this year), in the hands of unscrupulous bloggers the term can be applied to almost anyone:
Egypt are the World Cup dark horse everyone should be talking about -
Uruguay are dark horses at the World Cup, but can Suarez contain his darker side? -
Anaylsing Iran's Chances at the Tournament - Could an in-form Iran be this year's dark horses? -
Dark horses Morocco handed dream World Cup opener -
Portugal: Perennial dark horses go again -
Spain Remain Dark Horses -
Fit again Juric says Socceroos can be a World Cup dark horse -
Every tournament has a dark horse, and Denmark check all the boxes for that criteria. -
Peru vs Denmark... Why South Americans could be the dark horses of the tournament -
Argentina will be a dark horse at the [World Cup] -
Dark Horses: Croatia are a sleeping giant but have a midfield to rival any at the World Cup -
Five dark horses who could spring a surprise in Russia: Iceland showed at Euro 2016 they have the ideal style of play to succeed at a major tournament -
Watch out for the dark horses... Nigeria could also be a dark horse in Russia 2018
“Costa Rica is the dark horse” - ESPN pundits talk up Costa Rica ahead of the World Cup -
Can Serbia be a Dark Horse in the World Cup? -
Are Switzerland the World Cup's dark horses? -
Are Mexico a dark horse at the 2018 World Cup? -
Sweden travel to Russia this summer as potential dark horses -
Beware of Belgium: The Red Devils Are Dark Horses Who Could Win The World Cup -
No longer favourites, England are potentially dark horses in Russia -
Of all the teams competing this summer at the World Cup in Russia it is perhaps Panama who are the biggest dark horses -
Tunisia eye up England for potential World Cup scalp - African side are dark horses in Russia -
Colombia Have To Improve If They Are To Live Up To Dark Horses Tag In Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: From Darkhorses Japan To Debutants Panama, Here's A Look At Teams In Pot 4 -
Poland are the true dark horse of the 2018 World Cup -
Senegal Has Dark Horse Potential For 2018 FIFA World Cup -
and finally, while nobody seems to be tipping Saudi Arabia for glory, the country does have experience with black horses of it's own.
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MeWe: A trip report

Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein.
As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations.
This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.


Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein.
Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company).
Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books.
His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.

Advisory Board

Ownership & Investment

MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016.
Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041
Crunchbase Profile.
Founded: 2012 (source)
Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014.
2016 valuation: $20m (source]
Despite the business address, the company claims to be based in Los Angeles County, California and is described by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Culver City, CA, company.



In an August 6, 2018 Twitter post, Weinstein promotes MeWe writing:
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
Highlights of these follow.


The privacy policy addresses:

Terms of Service

The ToS addresses:
Effective: November 6, 2018.


The FAQ addresses:


This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy.
Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.

Privacy Bill of Rights

A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
  1. You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
  2. You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
  3. You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
  4. Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
  5. You control who can access your content.
  6. You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
  7. Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
  8. Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
  9. Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
  10. You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.


There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.

Self-reported articles

The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.).
There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.

Other mentions

A DuckDuckGo search produces several other press mentions, including:


This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.

Mobile Web

The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.

Mobile App

There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.

Desktop Web

Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button.
The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from,,, or (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.)
The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.


The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.


Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site.
Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.


Among the touted features of MeWe are:


A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.


Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside" on Twitter.
The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members.
This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.

Active Users

MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.


MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest.
"MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ.
The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here.
A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories.
The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5.
Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.

Google+ Groups

The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.

Political Groups

It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
  1. Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
  2. The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
  3. Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
  4. Drain The Swamp (4978)
  5. Libertarians (4528)
  6. United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
  7. The Right To Self Defense (3757)
  8. Alternative Media (3711)
  9. Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
  10. Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
  11. Return of the Republic (2509)
  12. Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
  13. Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
  14. Berners for Progress (1963)
  15. Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
  16. The American Conservative (1839)
  17. I Am The NRA (1704)
  18. Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
  19. We Love Donald Trump (1611)
  20. MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
  21. Q (1396)
  22. (1384)
  23. news from the front (1337)
  24. Basket of Deplorables (1317)
  25. Payton's Park Bench (1283)
  26. Convention of States (1282)
  27. Britons For Brexit (1186)
  28. MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
  29. MeWe Free Press (1119)
  30. The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
  31. Libertarian (1097)
  34. #WalkAway Campaign (894)
  35. ALEX JONES (877)
  36. The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
  37. We Support Donald Trump! (810)
  38. The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
  40. Official Tea Party USA (749)
  41. Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
  42. Yes Scotland (697)
  44. Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
  45. Anarcho-Capitalism (658)
  46. Ted Cruz for President (650)
  47. No Lapdog Media (647)
  48. Q Chatter (647)
  49. Daily Brexit (636)
  50. Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
  51. The Trumps Storm Group (600)
  52. QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
  53. 100% American (569)
  54. Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
  55. Deep State (560)
  56. In the Name of Liberty (557)
  57. Material Planet (555)
  58. WikiUnderground (555)
  59. Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe etc (546)
  60. Magna Carta Group (520)
  61. Constitutional Conservatives (506)
  62. Question Everything (503)
  63. Conspiracy Research (500)
  64. Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
  65. Conservative Misfit's (479)
  66. Canadian politics (478)
  67. Anarchism (464)
  69. Deplorable (450)
  70. Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
  71. UK Politics (430)
  72. Bongino Fan Page (429)
  73. Radical Conservatives (429)
  75. The Deplorables (409)
  76. America's Freedom Fighters (401)
  77. Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
  79. Political satire (383)
  80. RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
  81. UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
  82. The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
  83. End The Insanity (349)
  84. Coming American Civil War! (345)
  85. Constitutional Conservatives (343)
  86. United Nations Watch (342)
  87. A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
  88. The New Libertarian (335)
  89. Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
  90. DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
  91. American Conservative Veterans (331)
  92. Anarchism/Agorism/Voluntaryism (328)
  93. America Needs Donald Trump (326)
  94. The UKIP Debating Society (321)
  95. Coalition For Trump (310)
  96. Egalitarianism (306)
  98. 2nd Amendment (287)
  99. Never Forget #SethRich (286)
  100. Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:


Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects.
Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.


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Subreddit Stats: rollerderby top posts from 2011-09-06 to 2017-05-31 09:57 PDT

Period: 2094.13 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 8867
Rate (per day) 0.48 4.23
Unique Redditors 541 1741
Combined Score 38325 23157

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 628 points, 15 submissions: BridgetteBane
    1. None of us do, really. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (94 points, 2 comments)
    2. An Open Letter to Fresh Meat: Stop sucking. (71 points, 18 comments)
    3. Pack drills be like... [xpost /funny] (59 points, 6 comments)
    4. I may be going a bit overboard here, but I know I'm not alone... (53 points, 9 comments)
    5. Considering a full name change and figured I'd try it on first.. What do you think? (44 points, 10 comments)
    6. EXCLUSIVE Picture of WFTDA Champs Penalty Box (42 points, 5 comments)
    7. Just went to check out my local tennis courts as an outside skating option. One of the locals was particularly friendly. (41 points, 15 comments)
    8. I was invited to attend another league's 5 hour workshop tomorrow. It was cancelled because of the weather, and this is how I feel. (39 points, 0 comments)
    9. It's our travel team's first bout, and I have 40 minutes before we leave... (35 points, 0 comments)
    10. Just a video of Gotham scrimmaging. BACKWARDS. (28 points, 3 comments)
  2. 627 points, 16 submissions: warshadow
    1. If you ever get discouraged, remember, if he can do it, you can do it..(xpost from gifs) (70 points, 0 comments)
    2. Family photo, Derby Style. (63 points, 2 comments)
    3. As a ref, I often feel this way. (60 points, 14 comments)
    4. Our team had a photo shoot for fun, the photographer titled this one "Game Face". (55 points, 3 comments)
    5. Zebra photo bomb (45 points, 5 comments)
    6. Our league was denied due to "Roller Derby isn't a real sport" (44 points, 19 comments)
    7. I hung up the blades and put quads on today. (41 points, 6 comments)
    8. Only in derby will you laugh while face planting. (41 points, 7 comments)
    9. Some of the Zama Killer Katanas out of Camp Zama and Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (32 points, 1 comment)
    10. Derby girls at a skate park.... (29 points, 14 comments)
  3. 598 points, 17 submissions: WyndiMan
    1. Keanu Reeves was at the LA Derby Dolls game this past weekend (94 points, 2 comments)
    2. Derby post on /funny hits the top of /all - "So we went to the roller derby last night. Everyone else's name was like Smash-Her or Bruise-Her..." (56 points, 6 comments)
    3. Roller Derby Exhibit Opens in Austin at Texas State History Museum (43 points, 1 comment)
    4. Crazy jammer-on-jammer action to start a jam (39 points, 12 comments)
    5. Speaking of whips… (39 points, 14 comments)
    6. (ESPN) Family pictures: The mothers and daughters of the L.A. Derby Dolls (38 points, 0 comments)
    7. Demanda Riot's ankle injury (31 points, 19 comments)
    8. Yoink! (31 points, 6 comments)
    9. I love this photo. (V-Diva vs. Kola Loka) (30 points, 6 comments)
    10. The last jam of the Tri-City vs. Nidaros game (28 points, 10 comments)
  4. 542 points, 10 submissions: BeeSmirk
    1. Stephen Hawking got a roller derby name last night (xpost with /pics) (98 points, 7 comments)
    2. I.M. Pain's response to this pic that's been floating around is essential advice to those of us that are struggling with injuries. (81 points, 11 comments)
    3. Share a Coke with... (80 points, 16 comments)
    4. I saw this in the "Daria" credits (60 points, 0 comments)
    5. AW! Roller Derby Bridal Shoot-Pinky La Pain of Greensboro (52 points, 5 comments)
    6. Team USA 2013 is.....! (46 points, 11 comments)
    7. Tiger Bay Brawlers helped a 77 year old get back on skates for her bucket list. HOW SWEET! (38 points, 7 comments)
    8. Use a dog leash as a skate noose. I got mine at a dollar store. (33 points, 4 comments)
    9. Diversity in Roller Derby (30 points, 11 comments)
    10. I hereby christen lower back pain, "Track Back" (24 points, 19 comments)
  5. 455 points, 10 submissions: copywriteher
    1. Alright TX, you win. This is the best derby promo video ever. (81 points, 18 comments)
    2. Roller Derby Themed Pregnancy Photoshoot (68 points, 11 comments)
    3. Roller Derby Dr. Pepper Commercial (61 points, 6 comments)
    4. Amazing shot from ARRG vs OHRG. (51 points, 10 comments)
    5. All of the physical therapy and patience has paid off! (50 points, 2 comments)
    6. Men's Team the Capital City Hooligans did the Body by Derby Project. (35 points, 5 comments)
    7. Glammed up my NSO clipboard (30 points, 1 comment)
    8. "You're Stronger Than You Think" (27 points, 3 comments)
    9. It was my first tournament too! (27 points, 11 comments)
    10. Went to the comic book store and found this hidden behind some other books. (25 points, 3 comments)
  6. 408 points, 9 submissions: Soulstoke
    1. Your first bout... (80 points, 5 comments)
    2. The Happiest Whip by dave Idemoto (52 points, 5 comments)
    3. 10 Facts... (48 points, 7 comments)
    4. Cat Nap photo by Matt Charnitski (46 points, 1 comment)
    5. Beatdown in 3...2... (45 points, 1 comment)
    6. Squeeze Play (45 points, 4 comments)
    7. TXRD's Bendy Davis meets her hero...Wendy Davis... (37 points, 3 comments)
    8. Cheech Marin sporting a 15th Anniversary TXRD Shirt! (32 points, 0 comments)
    9. Time Lapse Bank Track Build (23 points, 12 comments)
  7. 395 points, 12 submissions: N8CCRG
    1. Do Your Bit! [stolen from /oldschoolcool] (65 points, 2 comments)
    2. NSO joys (52 points, 4 comments)
    3. The Pegassist (Rose vs Gotham at ECDX this weekend) (44 points, 8 comments)
    4. Yet another pegassist. Windy City vs B.A.D. at Star of Texas Bowl today. (33 points, 11 comments)
    5. 2015 Champs Semi-Final: Victoria vs Gotham is up on youtube (28 points, 1 comment)
    6. London Rollergirls and London Rockin' Rollers to appear in (Act 3) of the Olympic opening ceremonies (27 points, 5 comments)
    7. MRW I find out that Nashville is in a timezone an hour later than I thought it was (25 points, 2 comments)
    8. Midwest Brewhaha live now, free all weekend! (25 points, 1 comment)
    9. Charm City Roller Girls and B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls issue a bet for the Superbowl (24 points, 6 comments)
    10. No pack router? [stolen from /pareidolia] (24 points, 1 comment)
  8. 289 points, 10 submissions: 123Bones
    1. Do you like apex jump photos? Who doesn't? I FINALLY caught one this weekend at MRDWC!! (52 points, 7 comments)
    2. They said I could be anything... Wait, what?!?! (44 points, 6 comments)
    3. Has anyone thought of how cool it would be to do a harlem shake video, but with roller derby people in it?? Oh, wait.. (29 points, 15 comments)
    4. I took a photo this weekend, I like how it turned out. #doitfor57 (29 points, 7 comments)
    5. WTFDA championship viewing idea. (25 points, 24 comments)
    6. Men's Roller derby world cup announces live stream pricing at $15 for FOUR DAYS! (23 points, 8 comments)
    7. Message regarding photography sent to Penn Jersey skaters - copied here for your consideration - please share. (23 points, 3 comments)
    8. I'm Team Canada's official photographer, I'll be shooting all weekend at the MRDWC. I hope to keep my flickr feed full of amazing shots! Requests? (22 points, 33 comments)
    9. MRDWC - Wedding proposal - awwww (21 points, 4 comments)
    10. Second photo of the apex jump from MRDWC - I hadn't realised but I actually caught TWO people in the air in my photo!! (21 points, 8 comments)
  9. 279 points, 6 submissions: susypow
    1. I got this amazeballs gift at my bridal shower (86 points, 7 comments)
    2. I've Got a Brand New Pair of Rollerskates (56 points, 19 comments)
    3. Whoa! This is rad...Rose City Rollers launches lending program with Nike grant to make skating affordable for teens (video, photos) (42 points, 2 comments)
    4. In Australia, sometimes the cops have nothing better to do.. (37 points, 13 comments)
    5. Journalists miss the real ($50M) roller derby story. Every time. (34 points, 18 comments)
    6. Team USA Roller Derby Coaches & Skaters (24 points, 4 comments)
  10. 275 points, 9 submissions: xrobau
    1. How's this for an apex jump? (Jambi, SSRG, QLD Australia) (49 points, 15 comments)
    2. Everyone's said that searching TwoEvils is annoying, and hard. How's this, then? (38 points, 22 comments)
    3. miss nomer has resigned from WFTDA. (37 points, 21 comments)
    4. Here's my wife - the blocker - having a bit of a jam. I thought she did well 8) (28 points, 9 comments)
    5. Friend of mine made some HIGH HEELED Skates. They're hilarious. (27 points, 5 comments)
    6. One of our Zeebs was skating a bit too fast. (I'm the one looking at him going WTF?) (27 points, 3 comments)
    7. Awesome 'Roller Derby Girls' pic (xpost from /pics) (24 points, 15 comments)
    8. Our local paper had an article dismissive of Roller Derby. Here's my response. (24 points, 15 comments)
    9. Try it, see what happens. (21 points, 14 comments)
  11. 267 points, 5 submissions: theflyingb
    1. This happened last night. I can assume this is how they felt. (70 points, 17 comments)
    2. Everyday. (57 points, 7 comments)
    3. When a newer skaters gets a destruction call, I feel like they think I'm saying this. (56 points, 3 comments)
    4. As a coach, my favorite guy at the after party. (52 points, 15 comments)
    5. At least everyone got a show (32 points, 11 comments)
  12. 265 points, 7 submissions: ahotw
    1. I couldn't have lined up this shot better if I tried (56 points, 7 comments)
    2. Keeping your jammer inbounds (48 points, 4 comments)
    3. WFTDA Releases 2013 Rules of Flat Track Roller Derby (47 points, 35 comments)
    4. Mike Rowe - Roller derby and the art of falling down (Today (Sunday) 10pm ET/ 7pm PT) (42 points, 5 comments)
    5. WFTDA Welcomes 22 New Member Leauges, Including First Full Member Leagues in Asia and South America (25 points, 18 comments)
    6. Roller Derby Circa 1949: New Jersey Vs Philadelphia (24 points, 1 comment)
    7. WFTDA Accepts 9 New Members (23 points, 0 comments)
  13. 261 points, 8 submissions: RespectWindyMan
    1. Local sports blogger says WFTDA power jams "utterly ridiculous," stops going to games (39 points, 47 comments)
    2. "We want to play derby here. Would you mind moving the fighter planes to the side? Thanks." (37 points, 5 comments)
    3. (Real!) Wedding Proposal at Rollercon (35 points, 6 comments)
    4. Flat track roller derby...20 years ago (35 points, 10 comments)
    5. Roller derby to be in international Olympic-style event for roller sports, starting 2017 (34 points, 17 comments)
    6. Roller Derby Team USA … 20 years ago (31 points, 9 comments)
    7. Team Study: Gotham vs BAD vs Texas - GIFs of defensive walls (26 points, 8 comments)
    8. Pass the star more often. Here's the best way to do it. (24 points, 5 comments)
  14. 256 points, 6 submissions: free_shrugs
    1. I'm kind of in love with our latest bout promo image (52 points, 6 comments)
    2. Roller Derby/Football infographic (52 points, 8 comments)
    3. Quote from the roller derby exhibit at the Tx state history museum (44 points, 1 comment)
    4. We accidentally recreated a classic derby moment at our championship (42 points, 15 comments)
    5. Derby-owned skate shop wins best new local business! (40 points, 11 comments)
    6. Say hi to Holly Peño. She's been playing derby for 10 straight years now (26 points, 3 comments)
  15. 240 points, 3 submissions: adamstyle01
    1. I'm pretty sure this is how roller derby got invented (170 points, 0 comments)
    2. Not very original, but this was all I could think of after a hard practice with my local derby team. (39 points, 5 comments)
    3. My reaction when someone says in a snarky voice, "Oh, you're one of those roller derby people?" (31 points, 3 comments)
  16. 236 points, 5 submissions: Pezandchucks
    1. Gotta love Professional NSOs (62 points, 11 comments)
    2. As a rookie skater on scrimmage nights (49 points, 9 comments)
    3. As a rookie skater used to skating with the b team, this was huge deal for me. (49 points, 2 comments)
    4. So my teammates and I have taken up crappy photoshop. I titled this one "Jammin'" (46 points, 4 comments)
    5. My team won our home season Championship bout this past weekend. Here's our beautiful new trophy! (30 points, 2 comments)
  17. 229 points, 4 submissions: PaHoua
    1. Showing off my new custom Antiks (73 points, 8 comments)
    2. Apex jump that ends in hug :) (60 points, 8 comments)
    3. So this exists. A roller derby board game. (56 points, 12 comments)
    4. Hmong-themed roller derby poster! (40 points, 0 comments)
  18. 219 points, 3 submissions: wildsoda
    1. A little girl came up after the bout and gave me a hug and told me how much she loved it. I asked her if she wanted to play roller derby when she got bigger and she cried, "yeah!", so I gave her a fist bump. One of my most favourite derby moments ever, and one of my most favourite derby photos ever. (110 points, 8 comments)
    2. One for all you Parks & Rec fans out there... (83 points, 1 comment)
    3. Was visiting Portland, so asked Rose City if I could train with them. They said come along to their scrimmage. They didn't say I'd be skating against their All-Stars (eg Scald Eagle and Mercy). This is what happened when I tried to jam – pretty much this, repeatedly, for two minutes... (26 points, 8 comments)
  19. 218 points, 6 submissions: jaxxly
    1. MRW scrimmaging last night after being out for a while (52 points, 3 comments)
    2. I know it's cold but I really wanted to skate. (37 points, 8 comments)
    3. Knee Pads, Helmets, and other Protective Gear (37 points, 25 comments)
    4. HO-LY SHIT! I'm so proud of myself. (34 points, 4 comments)
    5. Anytime I see an attractive new face on the track. (29 points, 5 comments)
    6. I'm lucky my ankles do scary things without injury. (29 points, 5 comments)
  20. 217 points, 4 submissions: Slanderpanic
    1. I announced five bouts in a row today. I caught myself saying this on the mic during one of them. (81 points, 14 comments)
    2. When I'm the visiting announcer. (59 points, 2 comments)
    3. Victoria Takes Top Spot in WFTDA Rankings (44 points, 5 comments)
    4. While announcing a bout, I mentioned that someone had my favorite derby name of all time. She told a girl on my league that she felt creeped out. (33 points, 8 comments)
  21. 214 points, 4 submissions: rageagainsthevagene
    1. Stop the abuse! Officials are people too. (Link inside) (98 points, 63 comments)
    2. These cool kids came on the heels of a visiting ref. As a former ref, I am 100% for this movement. (59 points, 17 comments)
    3. Any NSOs in the house? (35 points, 9 comments)
    4. EFF THIS!!!! (22 points, 9 comments)
  22. 213 points, 7 submissions: dr_nikkee
    1. I found a photo of my reaction when I blocked Bonnie Thunders out of bounds at the WC (I actually squealed when it happened) (50 points, 8 comments)
    2. Riedell just posted a photo of my custom 495s. I was so surprised to see them sitting in my newsfeed, and they were so amazing, that I actually cried. Bitches be crazy. (39 points, 10 comments)
    3. The Great Knee Pad Debate (30 points, 29 comments)
    4. In Defense of Falling Down (26 points, 4 comments)
    5. Sun State Roller Girls, #2 in Australia and WFTDA #20, are selling t-shirts to get to playoffs for the first time. Please spread the word! (24 points, 15 comments)
    6. Derby Blog (23 points, 10 comments)
    7. Team Australia is pulling out all stops for World Cup fundraising...this weekend I MC'd a Star Wars trivia night dressed as roller skating Princess Leia and it was kind of amazing. (21 points, 3 comments)
  23. 207 points, 7 submissions: DoctorSnape
    1. Lola Salines of La Boucherie de Paris Roller Derby confirmed among the dead (49 points, 6 comments)
    2. K-Lethal of Cincinnati spins through the inside line. (31 points, 35 comments)
    3. 10 Things I've learned in a decade of roller derby (29 points, 7 comments)
    4. Photographer to be aware of. NSFW (28 points, 17 comments)
    5. A roller derby Public Service Announcement (27 points, 9 comments)
    6. Very cool re-creation of iconic ballet poster by the Cincinnati Rollergirls (22 points, 4 comments)
    7. As a community we should stop using the phrase "Suicide Seating" (21 points, 16 comments)
  24. 200 points, 4 submissions: justgwyn
    1. Captain Hindsight Meets Derby Captain, or, What I'll be Repeating all Week (75 points, 8 comments)
    2. First away bout of the season. I am not a smart woman. Thank goodness for Target! (55 points, 1 comment)
    3. The moment when I realized I was the only jammer on the track. (47 points, 6 comments)
    4. My feelings after my first interleague (NEO - Glass City) scrimmage with the new rule set. (23 points, 4 comments)
  25. 198 points, 4 submissions: willargueforfood
    1. A better role model than Barbie... (81 points, 10 comments)
    2. U Mad? (xpost from pics) (46 points, 5 comments)
    3. If you are gonna ride my ass... (36 points, 1 comment)
    4. Don't tell THEM it's not a sport (35 points, 3 comments)
  26. 197 points, 6 submissions: ghostoftonyscott
    1. after a hard day's political argument doncha just wanna say "ahh, fuckit, i'm buying new wheels"? (48 points, 7 comments)
    2. The training committee's FW we're between having practice requirements (44 points, 10 comments)
    3. Mad-Eye Martini's apex jump @ TC Terrors' home opener (37 points, 24 comments)
    4. PSA: Bronson bearings are Not Worthy of Derby (26 points, 0 comments)
    5. oh ya know just new wheels day (24 points, 9 comments)
    6. fresh meat got swagger at travel team try-outs (18 points, 1 comment)
  27. 183 points, 4 submissions: itsrandom
    1. The Prosecutor (82 points, 17 comments)
    2. Second half of Texas vs Denver (41 points, 6 comments)
    3. Shoulder-to-Shoulder Blocking is Useless (32 points, 0 comments)
    4. 2 minutes in the eyes of your jam ref. (28 points, 6 comments)
  28. 180 points, 4 submissions: ShoelessHooligan
    1. Best gif from the WFTDA Playoffs this past weekend, IMO. Scald Eagle fans should appreciate this. (79 points, 13 comments)
    2. When you think you've finally come up with a name that strikes fear into the hearts of anyone that hears it... (53 points, 1 comment)
    3. Dear Derby, the honeymoon is over. Now what? (25 points, 16 comments)
    4. Suzy Hotrod announces she will not be playing this season on the Gotham Girls All Star Team (23 points, 15 comments)
  29. 180 points, 3 submissions: teenytiny212
    1. My roller derby/Shakespeare inspired tattoo. I'm 5'2" and 105lbs (on a good day) and I jam. (105 points, 7 comments)
    2. Rob Lobster of Rose City Rollers has passed away (49 points, 9 comments)
    3. Reddit, meet BabyDoll, my roller derby league's mascot with MS (26 points, 3 comments)
  30. 178 points, 5 submissions: pollyatomic
    1. My team has never passed fourth place in the history of our league. Saturday night, we won the championship bout! Here is one of the many beautiful moments of the evening: my teammate, the superhero. (58 points, 13 comments)
    2. He thought I'd be mad when he had this shirt made...I love it. (43 points, 5 comments)
    3. You guys. I live in Dallas and I'm crazy excited about World Cup. (28 points, 10 comments)
    4. AUSTRALIA, YOU ARE AMAZING. (27 points, 8 comments)
    5. My captain, Old Dirty Basher, with Suzy Hotrod at Nationals. She was so starstruck! (22 points, 3 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. BridgetteBane (506 points, 136 comments)
  2. N8CCRG (268 points, 57 comments)
  3. Slanderpanic (241 points, 101 comments)
  4. robotshoelaces (238 points, 68 comments)
  5. PennyTrait (198 points, 90 comments)
  6. WyndiMan (190 points, 60 comments)
  7. mariesoleil (183 points, 65 comments)
  8. Rhode (179 points, 39 comments)
  9. jaxxly (152 points, 55 comments)
  10. ShockerKhan2N1 (132 points, 47 comments)
  11. RespectWindyMan (126 points, 45 comments)
  12. MassiveBlowout (125 points, 35 comments)
  13. queenfool (119 points, 47 comments)
  14. warshadow (117 points, 51 comments)
  15. enderak (111 points, 36 comments)
  16. recoil669 (108 points, 38 comments)
  17. in_flagrante_delicto (103 points, 30 comments)
  18. ahotw (102 points, 35 comments)
  19. Mijakai (102 points, 30 comments)
  20. adiaaida (102 points, 25 comments)
  21. 123Bones (101 points, 53 comments)
  22. naudsie (100 points, 29 comments)
  23. rageagainsthevagene (98 points, 28 comments)
  24. Wyldnfryd (96 points, 35 comments)
  25. susypow (94 points, 38 comments)
  26. Ria_ (94 points, 33 comments)
  27. free_shrugs (89 points, 28 comments)
  28. MissTeaMaven (89 points, 20 comments)
  29. lizardisanerd (87 points, 35 comments)
  30. killabee_z (85 points, 28 comments)
  31. alicewisdom (84 points, 22 comments)
  32. Pezandchucks (82 points, 20 comments)
  33. imsarahokay (81 points, 26 comments)
  34. jimjaz (79 points, 18 comments)
  35. Kicktoria (78 points, 28 comments)
  36. dr_nikkee (77 points, 41 comments)
  37. dedtired (77 points, 21 comments)
  38. nipuL (76 points, 24 comments)
  39. SugarPixel (73 points, 15 comments)
  40. Astonia78 (72 points, 27 comments)
  41. explodar (72 points, 22 comments)
  42. VanessaL3000 (71 points, 44 comments)
  43. ignoramus012 (71 points, 25 comments)
  44. Deetoria (70 points, 37 comments)
  45. LunarAssultVehicle (70 points, 19 comments)
  46. emdash8212 (70 points, 12 comments)
  47. poiro (69 points, 28 comments)
  48. twinkling_star (69 points, 26 comments)
  49. BeeSmirk (69 points, 20 comments)
  50. aoanla (68 points, 27 comments)
  51. Antaka (67 points, 27 comments)
  52. Cagra (67 points, 22 comments)
  53. MoronLessOff (67 points, 22 comments)
  54. waitressinthesky (66 points, 27 comments)
  55. navi555 (66 points, 25 comments)
  56. pajamazon (66 points, 24 comments)
  57. cocodeez (66 points, 22 comments)
  58. technically_nina (66 points, 17 comments)
  59. amen_break_fast (65 points, 15 comments)
  60. travisdoesmath (65 points, 11 comments)
  61. pluginleah (64 points, 34 comments)
  62. edsobo (63 points, 28 comments)
  63. OmegaCydonia (62 points, 25 comments)
  64. beverlycrushher (62 points, 21 comments)
  65. JeddHampton (61 points, 23 comments)
  66. pollyatomic (61 points, 21 comments)
  67. xrobau (60 points, 29 comments)
  68. oh_whattodo (60 points, 12 comments)
  69. autovonbismarck (59 points, 34 comments)
  70. melligator (59 points, 28 comments)
  71. greivier (58 points, 27 comments)
  72. wildsoda (57 points, 21 comments)
  73. Jowitness (57 points, 18 comments)
  74. stackhat47 (57 points, 12 comments)
  75. rmcmahan (56 points, 21 comments)
  76. anirbas (56 points, 20 comments)
  77. nemotastic (56 points, 15 comments)
  78. Diffie-Hellman (55 points, 24 comments)
  79. traumaprotocol (55 points, 19 comments)
  80. Athena_Latina (54 points, 19 comments)
  81. chuckish (54 points, 19 comments)
  82. Kamarandi (53 points, 22 comments)
  83. QuarterBore (52 points, 21 comments)
  84. neko_loliighoul (51 points, 25 comments)
  85. RedHillian (51 points, 19 comments)
  86. woahzelda (51 points, 14 comments)
  87. ShimmerGeek (50 points, 24 comments)
  88. copywriteher (50 points, 24 comments)
  89. LuluBoo12 (50 points, 15 comments)
  90. hanneeplanee (50 points, 15 comments)
  91. vixxn845 (50 points, 14 comments)
  92. QuadsNotBlades (49 points, 23 comments)
  93. helenonfire (49 points, 17 comments)
  94. bmovie (49 points, 7 comments)
  95. apsampson (48 points, 15 comments)
  96. StuntRocker (48 points, 11 comments)
  97. crecebaum (47 points, 19 comments)
  98. ghostoftonyscott (47 points, 15 comments)
  99. DrizzX (47 points, 2 comments)
  100. Xystance (46 points, 15 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. I'm pretty sure this is how roller derby got invented by adamstyle01 (170 points, 0 comments)
  2. We did album covers for our bout posters! by tstrr90 (146 points, 11 comments)
  3. This. Is. Genius. by Bombingofdresden (113 points, 27 comments)
  4. A little girl came up after the bout and gave me a hug and told me how much she loved it. I asked her if she wanted to play roller derby when she got bigger and she cried, "yeah!", so I gave her a fist bump. One of my most favourite derby moments ever, and one of my most favourite derby photos ever. by wildsoda (110 points, 8 comments)
  5. I custom painted my wife's roller derby helmet by VodkerAndToast (108 points, 23 comments)
  6. My first ever proper derby picture! by Ecka6 (107 points, 7 comments)
  7. My roller derby/Shakespeare inspired tattoo. I'm 5'2" and 105lbs (on a good day) and I jam. by teenytiny212 (105 points, 7 comments)
  8. My new Wonder Woman skates by mlehar (102 points, 11 comments)
  9. THEY DID IT! ROSE CITY OVER GOTHAM! by navi555 (101 points, 22 comments)
  10. Something I threw together for my league's home teams. by LacksMass (100 points, 15 comments)

Top Comments

  1. 40 points: DrizzX's comment in Can plus size girls join too?
  2. 35 points: emdash8212's comment in While announcing a bout, I mentioned that someone had my favorite derby name of all time. She told a girl on my league that she felt creeped out.
  3. 34 points: SminkyBazzA's comment in What are some shitty Derby LifeProTips?
  4. 34 points: adiaaida's comment in Roller Derby? Is it safe for a heterosexual like me?
  5. 32 points: StuntRocker's comment in While announcing a bout, I mentioned that someone had my favorite derby name of all time. She told a girl on my league that she felt creeped out.
  6. 31 points: deleted's comment in THEY DID IT! ROSE CITY OVER GOTHAM!
  7. 27 points: nemotastic's comment in Point of No Return
  8. 26 points: SISURita's comment in Finally, derby featured in a sports apparel ad!
  9. 26 points: jomofo's comment in The guy I thought I was going to marry dumped me and cited derby as a major reason.
  10. 25 points: BridgetteBane's comment in What are some shitty Derby LifeProTips?
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Ep. 11: The Disappearance of Sherri Vanessa Holland

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Editor's Note

This episode contains some experiments. I was so focused on research and writing for this episode that I forgot to mention any of the following on the recording. Please let me know via the post comments, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook or VOICEMAIL (another experiment I'll announce in an upcoming episode) at 724-24-CRIME.
  1. The title: I've been trying to put as many victims' names in the title as I can but at some point it just becomes too long. This time I'm focusing the title on the featured cold case. This partially to prevent crazy-long titles and partially to bring extra attention to the featured cold case because most if not all of the other crimes discussed are either under active investigation or have been solved and are awaiting prosecution.
  2. I read the intro this week instead of using the creepy augmented voice I've used previously.
  3. I've added bumpers between main segments of the show. It's a few notes of melancholy, mysterious-sounding strings taken from Ofelia's Dream by Benjamin Tissot.
  4. No background music in this episode.


Welcome to True Crime Review, an unflinching gaze into the depths of human depravity.
The podcast covers current crime news, updates on cold cases and resources for research and investigation.
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Update on Chris Zahl, covered in Ep. 4

Someone named Rich Laue posted the following comment on the YouTube video of episode 4:
As a friend of Chris Zahl I can add a little more. He had found an out of the way field in a Monmouth County Park off of Red Hill Road about 2 miles from the farm, to grow his weed.. He contended this was for medical research, but spent time in jail. The PI, hired by Friends of Chris, feels his disappearance is related to the pot growing, considering that all they found was the items you mentioned, almost ones costly felt it was murder. The car had been sanitized, no dirt, hair or fingerprints could be found to identify who he might have been with or where the vehicle might have gone. . His brother is not a suspect, the farm was thoroughly searched, including the pond. The mother who our lives there husband's has since sold the farm and lives in Red Bank. Texas also was brought into the investagation, but I'm not sure why.
Go have a listen to Episode 4 for more info and while you're there you can read the info I included in the original story I did on Chris Zahl.

Podcast Recommendation

This time the podcast recommendation is Crime in Sports by comedians James Pietragallo & Jimmie Whisman. While I was born and raised in a football household (Go Eagles!) and played baseball and basketball for years (very poorly), I'm not that into sports. (Sorry Dad). BUT when you combine sports with true crime you have my attention. Pietragallo and Whisman always bring serious research to the table and manage to be funny without disrespecting the victims. So, even if you're not a fan of sportsball, give Crime in Sports a try. It's a great listen and because of the show's premise it's likely to cover a lot of crimes you've never heard about on the broader true crime podcast circuit.
Find Crime in Sports on AudioBoom, Podbean, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter.


Human Garbage of the Week

Anthony Showers of Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside in the United Kingdom, was sentenced to life in prison, with a 29-year-minimum. On June 12, 2016 he broke into the home of mother and daughter Karen and Jade Hales, 53 and 28 years old respectively, by breaking a rear bedroom window. Showers had dated Jade on and off but was banned from her home by a court order following a domestic abuse incident. He began by killing their dog with a hammer.
Showers then took the hammer to Jade, hitting her in the head 12 times and then, either while she was dying or very soon after she was dead, Showers raped her. Afterward, he found Karen downstairs. The mother was a stroke survivor who used a walker and depended on Jade for day-to-day care. He beat her to death with the same hammer he had used on her daughter.
Jade's 21-year-old sister Amanda told the court:
The day she met Anthony saw Jade change from a fun-loving young woman to a scared, frail person. I watched him take every last piece of her until there was no more to take.
Anthony Showers is the worthless stinking rancid putrid Human Garbage of the Week. My heart breaks for Jade, Karen, Amanda and all of the other people Showers hurt.


This episode's resource is an app called Safety Central by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Available on both iOS and Android, the app is a simple but potentially powerful all parents should take a look at. Here's a quote from the app's iTunes description:
Developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the leading nonprofit in the fight to keep children safe, Safety Central is designed to make sure that parents have the tools they need to help them protect their families and act quickly should their children go missing.
At the core of Safety Central is a digital Child ID Kit. One of the most important tools for law enforcement when searching for a missing child is an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information. A Child ID kit is a simple yet effective way to keep those tools right at your fingertips. The app, which does not share any of your personal information, reminds you when it's time to update your photos and allows you to store potentially life-saving information about your children in an easily accessible location.
Get Safety Central free for iOS or Android and visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at

Cold Case: Sherri Vanessa Holland

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We discussed the murder of Sherri Holland by Steven Spears in Episode 9, but as one blogger notesthe disappearance of Sherri Vanessa Holland involved a different woman altogether. So we're going to cover that in this episode.
Please note that while I have rewritten what follows and added and subtracted elements of the story, most of the info comes from the Charley Project and the tireless work of Meaghan Good.


According to the Charley Project, Sherri Vanessa Holland was born on May 9, 1962 and was 34 years old when she was reported missing on August 16, 1996. She is a white woman with blonde hair, blue eyes, weighed 115 pounds and was 5 feet 5 inches tall when she disappeared. She has a scar on her left arm and pierced ears. Holland had cosmetic facial surgery in 1995. Some agencies may refer to her as Vanessa Sherri Holland.
Sherri was in Flager Beach, Florida where she owned a vacation property, preparing to return home to Atlanta, Georgia when she was last seen between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Her sisters reported her missing when she didn't arrive in Atlanta. Her vehicle, a gold- or champagne-colored 1987 BMW 325i with Georgia plate BKT664, was discovered on August 24 (according to the GBI) or 25, 1996 near exit 76 between Macon and Atlanta Georgia. It was found on I-75 northbound in Morrow, Georgia. It had a flat as a result of a nail in the front right tire.
An Atlanta-Journal Constitution article dated August 20, 2001 says Sherri's car was a 1985 model year BMW so it's not clear which year is correct. It's worth noting the same article states Sherri was last heard from on August 16, 1995 even though GBI records and all other sources state that the year was 1996. Bottom line is it seems like the AJC article wasn't fact-checked very carefully, so keep that in mind.
Two miles from the car, in Riverdale, Georgia near the Stratford Arms apartments, her dogs were found in a field. Sadly one of them had died after being hit by traffic, but one of them was rescued and went to live with twin Sherri's sister Terri. A resident of the Stratford Arms told police the surviving dog, named Gracie, had tried to get him to follow her into a wooded area across the street from the Stratford Arms. However, further investigation revealed no evidence about Sherri.
There must have been other search sites though. According to that dubious AJC article, as many as "seven searches of woods, ponds and a vacant warehouse, some with cadaver dogs, within a three-mile radius of Holland's car turned up nothing."
An anonymous tipster told investigators Sherri was seen near her car loading luggage into a white pickup truck on the day she vanished. Further investigation revealed no additional evidence and police could not corroborate the tip.
Sherri was apparently operating an escort service called Atlanta Super Models out of her house the year she disappeared and her business partner told investigators during interview that they had been in business since 1992 and he believed her murder was related to their work. The business partner spoke of her in the past tense. He claimed she had set up video surveillance around the escort service's property and caught both employees and clients on video, later blackmailing them. The business partner claimed he had many people discuss killing Sherri.
Sherri had started dating a married man in 1989.
The man and his wife separated briefly in 1990 but eventually got back together. Sherri and the boyfriend had planned to marry in December 1996 but the boyfriend got cold feet and stayed with his wife. Apparently, at least according to the boyfriend, his wife never knew about his affair with Sherri.
He told police he and Sherri had argued about their relationship before she left for her vacation home in Florida. Having parted ways without resolving the argument, Sherri paged him around 11:30 AM and when he called her back she told him she would call when she got back to Atlanta. That was the last time he ever spoke to her.
Several people told investigators Sherri was depressed about things with her boyfriend and wanted out of the escort business. She had apparently mentioned Europe as an escape destination. Someone later gave authorities a recording phone call from September 1996 in which one of Sherri's sisters says to an unidentified second person that it's possible Sherri staged her own disappearance and escaped to Europe or elsewhere to start over.
A user going by the name anewday and claiming to have been an employee of Sherri's posted on the missing persons forum Porchlight and suspects Sherri's business partner, whom Anewday calls Jim:
I remember Sherri very well. She was beautiful, sweet and had a very sophisticated aire. I love this picture of her and Gracie (when she was a puppy). I worked for her for four years, but mostly knew her through her "business partner." The whole time I worked there, she had very little to do with the business and was out of town a lot of the time.
I told the GBI everything that I knew about her and her disappearance, including the fact that Jim had acted extremely nervous and sketchy during the days following her disappearance. I don't believe for one second that she was using video to blackmail her employees or their clients. If anyone did that, it was Jim. He had a whole suspicious backstory of who he was and where he came from. I'm fairly sure his name wasn't Jim, either.
When he told me about her disappearance, he said she probably just wanted to leave town to get away from her life, and also, to make her boyfriend worry about her. It was well known that she was devastated about their relationship problems.
I never trusted anything about Jim. He would say terrible things about her, but at the same time, pretty much lived on her dime and the business she had started. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he finally decided to "take" the business all for himself. It was very profitable, and being that it was all under the table, he probably figured no one would take much notice.
I look online year after year to see if anything has come of the case. She was (hopefully IS) such a vibrant person. She positively radiated with life. I hope she IS living in Europe and is finally happy. God bless you Sherri.
Anewday created their forum account on the same day that they posted this message and never posted anything else at Porchlight, so this info should probably be taken with a whole shaker of salt.


Now we'll discuss all of the motives I found in my research or came up with myself to make Sherri disappear. This section should probably be called "suspects" but I'm not in a position to suggest anyone is guilty of anything so I'm reluctant to call it that.
These next two motives are weak but I'm including them for the sake of being thorough:

My Theory

I wish I had a good theory on this one but first I'll tell you what I think did not happen. I don't think Sherri ran away to Europe or was murdered by Gary Michael Hilton. I also don't see her boyfriend or his wife getting involved in a disappearance or murder without drawing significant attention from investigators and I couldn't find anything that named them as suspects or made more than a brief mention about them. It's hard for me to believe a couple who could barely keep their marriage in tact managed to commit the perfect murder and haven't been suspected of it during the twenty year since.
Now, as for the two possibilities that look most likely to me:
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Cold Case Sources

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'Let's do this' I think to myself after I arrive home from work as I sit down in my chair, 'time for the day's dosage of YouTube.' On the front page, I see a video titled "Rikk Wilde Has A Tough Time With His Lines While Presenting The MLB MVP Trophy". 'Eh, it has a million views in one day, that might be humorous,' I consider. So I click the link and get a message that baffled me.
"This video is not available in your country. Sorry about that."
'Whaddayou mean a video about the freakin' MLB isn't available in Americ..oooooh wait, it's about this guy Rikk Wilde isn't it??' I got excited and wanted to see the video. To my right I see other uploads with the same title and thumbnail, so I click one.
It was a clip of some political speech. Who the hell is that anyway? Is the real Mr. Wilde so adamant about removing clips of his fumbled (or whatever you would say in baseball when someone drops the ball) speech that he's consulting hackers to upload the first random boring video they know no one will sue them over in place of his speech? Hmmm... How about this one? It has the exact same title and thumbnail. Of course, it's not quite right.
That's just a guy shakily recording a different YouTube video on his phone or something. He never shows the video's title. Then I noticed that this video's title changed. What the hell is "galatasaray-B.dortmund"? Well according to they're 2 soccer teams. Whatever. I click the next similarly titled video and found that Mr. Wilde has at least one troll in his hacker army who posted 40 seconds of silence.
That link in the video goes to a Blogspot blog called "The Best" with the orignal embedded video. It still says it's not available in my country. The blog, however has something weird about it...
'Haha, copylefted!' I shout to myself. I hover over the Arabic text and decide to take the link to It looks like this blogger's actual site, with links to his other work and interests etc. And he's in a ninja costume, he must be pretty awesome. I Google translated what was written where copyleft should have been to "Localization and development of the Code of convergence © 2014 - 2010 convergence," learning in the process that Arabic is read from right to left. Wait, I was looking for that clip of that Wilde guy! Focus! I copied and pasted the abnormally long video title into Google and finally I found a BuzzFeed article with four short clips: Sweet! They're already playing too so I know they work! Let's unmute the sound.
Huh. This round corporate executive is speaking like he thinks the Illuminati is watching his every move. He sounds like a confused, possibly drugged up stranger to this planet and it's customs of "formality" and "awkward as shit" moments. He pulls out his tiny, presumably note-filled flashcard about the brand that he is representing. Oh yeah! Chevrolet! And the car, a 2015 Chevy Colorado featuring the latest "technology and stuff," is sure to make a nice gift for Major League Baseball player Madison Bumgarner who is eager to accept the keys from Mr. Wilde's moist, shaky hand. Not because he is excited to drive away in his new toy, but because he wants to escape the awkward vacuum that is starting to make an ulcer form within him. This was not only not funny, it was a little sad. This man is trying to promote his company by making it look good but he instead made it look like he's afraid of what this car can REALLY do to you! Perhaps Mr. Wilde attended this event ill-prepared for some reason, or perhaps he has a history of stage/camera fright. I don't care to look that up right now. All I want to do is watch the cutest, funniest cat video I can find and share it to the poor soul's Facebook.
Aaaah. That's better. Now let's see what GM says, since the hashtags #ChevyGuy and #technologyandstuff have been trending: "GM had lined up Wilde, a lifelong Royals fan, for the postgame presentation..." but the Giants won the game. Now, imagine being forced to forfeit your raise to the person you despise the most at your workplace because they outperformed you. That's probably how the #ChevyGuy felt. Hell, this could all just be a front, but Chevy's top spokesperson Michael Albano says the company is rolling with the punches. They're even using #technologyandstuff on Twitter, isn't that cute?! I bet someone above him is raging right now. Otherwise, why didn't YouTube actually delete/remove it rather than put such an odd message that made me want to find out more about this typically dumb, quick video that I wouldn't have researched otherwise? Is this video available in any country?? Perhaps the world will never know... unless they do.
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