And That’s a Wrap!

Week two of our case, The Disappearance of Meowdred Pierce, is complete and resolved!  After finding a lot of the evidence last week but not too many answers, we were bound and determined to finish up the case this week and find NoirCat! This determination led us to success. I tracked a lot of this success in my personal updates this week on Wednesday and earlier today, Sunday. I was also a very busy tweeter this week, as I had to make sure that the followers of our case were kept abreast with daily updates. Check out some of my tweets from this week below:

The anonymous email that you can see above was sent to us early on in the week (Monday, April 13), but we were unable to recover it, after it disappeared thirty seconds post receiving it. I did some makeshift computer hacking and have been working recovering the email since Monday. I was finally able to find the email, but was unable to track the email account. It has essentially gone into nonexistence. I desperately wanted to find the sender, because BWA would really like to give thanks for the helpful and very accurate tip! If the sender is reading this now, THANKS!

Anonymous Tip

As you can see from one of our tweets, we got the team together on Thursday, so we could assess the case and finalize our plan of attack, if you will. As of that point, we had not approached NoirCat, so we had no clue that she faked her own disappearance. We had planned for the worst case scenario: that we would come across a disgruntled and angry catnapper. However, it ended up that all we faced was a melancholy and dejected cat. I interviewed NoirCat, thinking that she was going to open up about her catnapper. As a surprise to me and my team, she confessed to faking it, in order to escape the degradation that she faced from the DS106 community. I relayed the information that I received from NoirCat to the agency and made a video with captions of her responses, which a feline translator fed me during the interview.

With this last detail, I was able to finalize the suspect board, which I have been working on throughout this entire case. Before viewing the finalized board, however, please check out the first update of this week. It includes Daphne’s interview claims, NoirCat’s tag and collar and the abandoned building that they led to, and the anonymous tip that led to the “Cat’s Closet” with a photo of NoirCat leaving out of the kitty door. Enjoy:

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The next and final update includes all of the evidence that leads directly back to NoirCat as the victim and catnapper in this case! It includes the series of soft paws leading to the house that NoirCat was found in, her interview that I conducted, and the confessions that she made in that interview. Check it out:

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As stated previously, NoirCat has been devastated by her treatment from the DS106 community and does not desire to return. After closing the case of “The Disappearance of Meowdred Pierce”, we moved onto Case #002, “The Transfer of NoirCat”. We could not let her face such objectification again! Therefore, we came up with a plan to send her to Japan with a new identity. In order for this to happen, however, we first had to obtain a “PussPort” for her travel. I assumed this responsibility and designed the perfect “PussPort”. I  changed NoirCat’s appearance by dying her hair partially white and giving her a Japanese disguise. NoirCat will now forever be known as Ivanna Befree. Check it out below:

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I perused through some work completed by my fellow ds106’ers and was very impressed with their progress on each of their cases. I found some really tell-all evidence. I commented on Dalina’s post,  Sebastian’s post, Brenda’s post, Lawrence’s post, Edie’s post, John’s post, Jota’s post, Jeffrey’s post, Victoire’s post, and Brian’s post.

I am so satisfied with the results of this case, as we could not have helped a smarter or more beautiful woman than Ivanna Befree. She is so happy now and that makes me happy. Although it is not my usual type of case, it is definitely one that will leave a lasting impression on me. :)

Jewel out.

Update: The Finale

Since Wednesday’s update, I have been painstakingly working to recover the anonymous email that we received at the beginning of the week, which led us to the “Cat’s Closet”. Since it disappeared thirty seconds after we received it, I have been trying to track down the actual email and sender. Unfortunately, the email account no longer exists to help us discover who sent it, but I was able to do a little bit of computer hacking and finally found the email itself. Even though we will not be able to thank the anonymous tipper, we will have all pieces of evidence for the case.

Anonymous Tip

During our visit to the “Cat’s Closet”, we spied a cat leaving through the kitty door and went outside to see if it was NoirCat.  The cat was nowhere to be found, but we followed a trail of soft paws to an empty house in a neighborhood in downtown Fredericksburg. There NoirCat was, at last, looking very distressed and sitting by a window! I approached her calmly, in order to get an interview, while the rest of the agency members left to take a little pressure off of her. My fellow team members linked me up with a feline translator, so that I could understand NoirCat as we conversed. In the video below, which I made for the followers of this case, I added subtitles for translation purposes:

As you can see, NoirCat confessed to staging her own catnapping. This poor female has faced so much objectification, and as a woman who has witnessed many cases like this one, I could not stand the idea of returning her to the DS106 community. She couldn’t either! After conducting this interview, I got together with Edie, Sylvia, and Grandma, and we decided to take NoirCat on as a new client. Unfortunately, we cannot allow conflict of interest, so we had to discontinue our business relationship with Maggie.

As always, you can count on me to keep the suspect board up-to-date, so I finalized it with the last pieces of evidence and culprit: NoirCat, herself! I am very pleased with the way this board organized our case, and am glad I thought of it.  It really helped when we had to look back at what we had found to see where to go next. Keeping our followers abreast of our progress throughout the two weeks of this case has been important as well.  Check out the final board below:

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NoirCat is no longer a part of DS106. She is living a life free of objectification, under her new identity as Ivanna Befree, in Japan. I have a friend who works at the local “PussPort Agency”, who was able to help me make Ivanna’s new “PussPort”. She has been given contact information for each BWA member, so she may get in touch with us if she needs further help. It has been a pleasure to help such a wonderful woman!

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I also continued my tweeting since Wednesday, as we worked through the end of this case. I decided that I love Twitter, because it allows me to share agency news immediately with those following BWA. Individually, I have been very productive, and feel like I contributed greatly to our agency’s success. On to the next case!

Jewel out.


The Evidence Is In…

Check-in #3…check! Ladies and gents, I am proud to say we are right on NoirCat’s tail. Since my last update on Sunday, we have found all the evidence we need to lead us to her location. Since Sunday, the puzzle pieces are really starting to fit together. Upon leaving Groom’s location, we discovered NoirCat’s tag and collar leading to an abandoned building in downtown Fredericksburg. After extensive searching and study of the feline feces, we concluded that NoirCat had been there, but had left just hours before we arrived. Luckily, the agency received an anonymous tip via email that led to a search of the “Cat’s Closet” store on Caroline Street. I was getting ready to tell the ladies to pack it up and come back another day, when we heard a loud noise from the back of the store. Just as we rounded the corner, we saw NoirCat going through the kitty door. There is no evidence of human DNA that coincides with her tracks, but we are still searching. Edie was able to capture a photo of the scene.



We followed NoirCat’s trails as far as we could, and we found a very interesting and quite disturbing piece of evidence. A series of “soft paws” (no, I didn’t know what they were at first, either. But I Googled it, and it turns out that they are essentially cat nail polish covers.) leads to a house in a neighborhood of Fredericksburg. At first, we didn’t think anything of it, but I was examining them for DNA when I found tiny letters etched into each one. Grandma (or Margaret as you all know her) did some descrambling and came up with the phrase “Don’t Find Me” spelled out. This particular piece of evidence raised some very important questions of how much danger she is really in and if someone is trying to threaten us to stop looking. I mean, its like the catnappers are trying to frame her for her own disappearance. That’s not plausible….is it? Oh I tell you, this case has really gotten to me. I’m starting to question some of my own initial theories. Well, as our Twitter account runner, you can count on me for day-to-day updates with what we find. I have also updated the suspect board with all of the new evidence. These connections lead somewhere and I will find out where!

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We Are Off and Running!

At my last check-in, BWA had just begun its case. We had found one piece of evidence (the ransom note) and began a suspect board. Since that time, Wednesday 4-8-15, we have discovered even more evidence in the disappearance of NoirCat. Personally, I took a trip to Groom’s location in order to interview Daphne, his dog. After figuring out that she had devoured a section of the ransom note, I decided that we had to see if she knew any more about the case of NoirCat, in general. Since I don’t speak “dog” on the regular (I know…shocking!), the agency hired a canine translator who fed me Daphne’s answers as I went through the interview. Unfortunately I was unable to get a lot out of her. She was very short with me. Check out the interview here.

While I was conducting this interview, my colleague, Edie, designed a “Lost” poster to try and get any leads from the people walking the streets. We haven’t received any hits yet. Therefore, if you are reading this and have any clues, feel free to contact the agency, or me personally. Upon interviewing Daphne, we searched the premises for more clues. On top of the entertainment center, Edie spotted a cracked box, surrounded by cat fur. Inside of the box, there was a magnetic strip that was used to disable NoirCat’s microchip. It is clear that whoever catnapped her, knew about the chip beforehand. We began looking for clues that could lead us to NoirCat’s location. We headed towards William Street and Sylvia spotted NoirCat’s tag. Considering that there is no tag without a collar, we continued down William Street until Sylvia spotted her matching pink collar. Mysteriously enough, the stitching that read “If lost return to Maggie Black” was partially illegible. The words “Maggie Black” appeared to be scratched out. The collar was found right outside of an abandoned building. It is clear that NoirCat was taken there first, after leaving from Groom’s location. We will check out the premises today and try to find any clues that will lead us to where she was taken next. With all of this new evidence, I was able to update the suspect board since my last check-in. I added the information about the cat tracker and disabler, and tied it back to Joan Crawford (the doctor who input the microchip into NoirCat). Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 10.27.12 AM

We are hot on the trail of whoever took NoirCat, and we won’t rest until we find her. As the case develops even more, I will make another update. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for NoirCat.

Jewel out.

And So It Begins…

Well…my agency’s case has been delivered, and we are are beyond excited to take on a case that doesn’t involve a woman being degraded by a man. Or at least we don’t think it does, yet. Maggie Black has filed a Missing Cat Report with Black Widow Agency (BWA) for NoirCat, a.k.a. Meowdred Pierce. NoirCat has disappeared with only trace evidence left behind. She has not only disappeared from Maggie’s life, she has even disappeared from everything online, most prominently are the birthday cards that Maggie received and the Week 3 video that she first appeared in. We have also been given the clue that Maggie’s Cat Tracker app does not work and neither does the microchip that she had installed in NoirCat. In addition, Groom is awfully suspicious of his dog, Daphne. My colleagues and I think this may be too good to be true. Come on, I mean cat versus dog? That is a bit cliché if I do say so myself. However, it is certainly worth looking into and that is exactly why Daphne is one of our suspects. Speaking of suspects, I have been proactive in the solving of this case, as I am bound and determined to figure out what happened to NoirCat. While some of my fellow Black Widows are making “Lost” posters, I have started a suspect board on a cork board that is in our agency headquarters. Throughout the case, I shall be building the web of suspects and evidence more and more until I find one connection that sticks. This early on in the case, I have included the most logical suspects, as we have yet to find much evidence that would incriminate anyone else. These suspects include Daphne, Maggie (Sorry, Maggie, you just have a certain connection to NoirCat that we couldn’t overlook), Joan Crawford (the doctor that installed NoirCat’s microchip– it is a bit suspicious that it suddenly stopped working), and Groom. One might question our decision about including Groom, but he seemed a bit too anxious to blame Daphne. Plus, he interacted with one of our BWA tweets, begging for discretion in aspects of the case that may relate to him. This is very suspicious if you ask me. And since I run our Twitter account and witnessed his jumpiness firsthand, I was able to convince the rest of the women to include him on the board. Although we have not found evidence that points in any other person’s direction, we have found most of the scraps of the ransom note that Daphne was allegedly eating. This one piece of evidence is also included on the suspect board because it has to lead somewhere!  Check out the note:

"We have your cat. If you every want 2 see ur cat again, meet @ the Pie..."
“We have your cat. If you every want 2 see ur cat again, meet @ the pie…”

Unfortunately, the rest of the note is missing (or currently being pooped out by Daphne), so we are unable to make out where the catnappers want to meet. Hopefully there will be more on this in the future.

Below is what we have on our suspect board so far. This is a medium through which we shall organize the case, and we will keep adding to it with every piece of evidence found and every person uncovered.

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I have my personal suspicions about what happened to NoirCat, but a hunch is not enough to go on, yet. You better believe that I will follow it, though, until I can rule out any probable situations. With as many cases as I have seen over the years, I can easily say that anything is possible! Just remember, things are not always what they seem. I will gather as much evidence as possible and update you all soon with my findings. BWA will get to the bottom of this!

Jewel out.


The Decision Heard Around the (DS106) World

For the final unit of this course, I have decided to reunite with Sylvia Stone, Edie Waz, and Margaret Pinault; my best friend, cousin, and grandmother, respectively.  Together, we are the “MaNOIRpulators”. After meeting up at Edie’s bar a few weeks ago, we just knew we had to reconnect. The world would be lost without us. Let’s face it, this agency will be one that DS106 will never forget. Whatever the task, I have faith that these powerful women and I will complete it with class and ease.


Jewel out.