January 26th, 2009

Victorian Era Expedition Job Ads?

I posted about this on my journal and a friend pointed me here. I have a particular interest for a project. Can anyone point me in the direction of ads that were published looking for porters, animal handlers, supercargoes and other jobs that might be required for a Victorian era expedition? I have a short story idea for a young man who answers such an ad.

Thank you!

Who investigates a case that crosses state lines?

Setting: United States of America (Madison County, St Louis, Nashville, Little Rock, Dallas, Roswell...)
Present Day

I am writing something that involves a criminal (wanted for robbery and a high body count spree killing) on the run from the law in America. I'm British and struggling a little to work out a few little details on how the law works. I've tried googling but the topic is so vast that I just can't get to what I need. I think it's a basic lack of understanding that's the problem. The cops pursuing this criminal are not remotely the main focal point of the book (which is fairly light/comedic in tone) but I do need cops on his tail throughout in order to propel the plot. I just don't want to have some kind of gaping hole in it that Americans will read and think "what? This isn't how it works at ALL!" - bear in mind, I'm not writing "The Wire" here but I want them to at least act a little like real cops

Basically, the criminal (who is a resident of St Louis, Missouri and has a list of prior offences there (for which he's served time)) commits the first of his crimes - a significant spree killing - in Madison County and the Sheriff there picks up the case. The criminal is on the run and soon crosses state lines - he's heading to Mexico (naturally). Other police departments are notified that he's on the run and he is stopped by a traffic cop in Tennessee. He kills again in Little Rock and moves on to Dallas and, eventually, Roswell, New Mexico.

I want the Sheriff from Madison County to be involved in this manhunt but I'm guessing he wouldn't be allowed to head this up. Would the case go Federal if it crossed state lines? If so, what are the odds of the Federal Agent letting the Sheriff stay involved?

I know I'm opening a can of worms here and maybe asking too complexed a question but just some basic guidelines on how this works would be much appreciated.
Kettle Sigil Discordia

Survivalist/trecking gear

Searched:- All manner of survivalist type terms (OMFG! Lizard People run the planet!). All manner of 'who'd buy that?' variations.

Dear Little-Details. Thank you for your help previously. However, I must call on you again. The internet is great at telling me what is cheapest and what is best. What it can't seem to do is tell me what is hopelessly over-rated. In the right way.

I have a list. What I'm looking for, for each component, is the sort of item that denotes a newby. If the item was a car it would be something flashy, expensive - and poorly engineered. The sort of thing that you only know if you're in the industry or the lifestyle and have been for a while. For my purposes the object has to have been available at the middle of 2007. It can be old if an older item would fit in the style-over-substance stakes (though I imagine for most items newer will be equated as better). The items have to work reasonably well, they have been used a number of times so they can't be the sort of thing that always falls apart.

These things are for the sort of person you would drink with in a bar because you knew he would buy all the drinks. However, if you could do him a favour by giving him an easy heads up, you wouldn't (though you wouldn't let him die.) If there is nothing then the most expensive will do just as well.

Tent. (Must be rugged enough to survive a rainforest.)
Laptop/Notebook. (As above.)
Four By Four. (Hummer is a bit much. It can be a military vehicle.)
Rebreather. (this can be known for breaking down. In fact it would be a plus.)
Two scuba rigs one circa 2006, one older by a few years.
Any lights, rigs etc. that can be added to the four by four.
A knife (machete size.)

I'm not that interested in little bits of kit you must have. More the bigger items that can be used like status symbols. Money and travel to get hold of stuff is not a problem. This person regularly travels the globe.

Thank you in advance.
  • natane

Illegal Housing

Setting: Modern America. Specifically, on the outskirts of a big city, somewhat along the lines of Chicago, but I think I'm going to make an imaginary city just because I've never been there. Don't want to mess up details.

I am looking more for personal experiences than facts; I am certain all of these things could happen, I just want to know what the experience would be like. Tell me stories, preferably with lots of details! :)

One: So you're a seventeen-year-old girl, accompanied by your 11-year-old brother. You've got... maybe $100 on you; I figure with the right hotel (seedy enough to rent to them in the first place; not seedy enough that you have to risk being raped in your sleep), that means three nights, maybe?
a. Is this a possible number? I have no clue what prices would be like.
b. How much hassling are they likely to get at the check-in? And I'm talking... a dive, not the Hilton.

Two: The same two characters. Wanting to rent an apartment.
a. How hard is it going to be to find someone who will rent totally illegally? Without expecting sexual favors, or drugdealing, or something of that sort? It's also going to have to be fairly safe (Not neccessarily in a good neighborhood; I'd prefer the opposite), and the down payment can't be more than about $500 (I'm planning on them stealing in order to get that much, so it'd be difficult).
b. What kind of person is likely to rent this? Older, younger, any specific race... I'd already decided on a woman.
c. Where would they find out about an apartment like this? Newspaper? Possibly a sign saying 'apartment for lease' in the window?

Three: Thank you :)