Category: Evidence

Case Files: Photography

Some of the most important parts of this case were from the photography we were able to capture first hand at the locations where NoirCat was sighted. During our investigation, we compiled all of our photos that we took and placed them into a classified file for future use. Now that the case is coming to a close, we can officially release them all to the public and announce that we had taken these photos based on where we visited.

Screen Shot 2015-04-19 at 11.17.10 AM These photos were taken in downtown Fredericksburg where we had found cat hair evidence which matched the DNA of NoirCat. We identified a hole in the building where she could have been staying. However, there were no signs of her.17115222566_73e72356d8_n17141168215_026a9c56b5_n16953621770_0e7da0a5c8_n

We received an anonymous tip to go to the “Cat’s Closet” in downtown Fredericksburg, when, upon arriving, we noticed multiple cats in the location. We immediately directed ourselves towards the back of the store and caught a glimpse of a black cat slinking out the back door. Edie was able to snap a picture before we lost her. Sources confirmed that the tail was NoirCat’s.


After following NoirCat’s trail through evidence, tips, and hunches. We final found the safe house she had been living in. This is also where we did our final interview to get her side of the story. We captured a photo of the house before we approached it.


These photos allowed us to document our trail on NoirCat and also provides us with hard copy evidence of our case.



NoirCat: The Interview

As previously stated, we have found NoirCat! After following her trail from the “Cat’s Closet”, we found a series of soft paws that led us directly to a house in a neighborhood of downtown Fredericksburg. We went inside and found NoirCat, alone and visibly upset, sitting by a window in the house. Julia James stayed to interview her, while the rest of the agency members left to assess the situation. Julia was connected with a feline translator through an ear bud, in order to understand NoirCat as she responded. She was able to get a lot out of the distressed cat. Check it out for yourself:

As it turns out, NoirCat faked her own disappearance, as she feels objectified by the DS106 community of which Maggie is a part. With the help of Daphne, she escaped from Maggie’s watch, in order to assess her feelings and ultimately decided that she can never return. Regrettably, we will inform Ms. Maggie Black of the situation and explain to her that, while we would love to be able to return NoirCat to her, we must see to it that she never feels objectified again. First and foremost, we are an agency that stands for the liberation of females in degrading circumstances, which includes cats. We can not ethically return this poor feline to the same community that she desires to escape so much. We will assure Ms. Black that NoirCat will be placed into a home where she is loved, healthy, happy, and appreciated for her brains as much as her beauty. This interview gave us the information that we needed to crack the case, which is now officially closed. On to Case #002…The Transfer of NoirCat.


Anonymous Tip

After much research and a tad bit of computer hacking by Julia James, we have recovered the anonymous email that was sent to our agency email account on the afternoon of Monday April 13. It had mysteriously disappeared from our Inbox thirty seconds after we received it, and we have been unable to find it until now. Julia is still unable to obtain access to the email account, as it appears to not exist anymore. Although this tip is awfully mysterious, we are certainly grateful for the person who sent it. We were unsure where to go from the lack of evidence in the abandoned building, so this tip was a lifesaver!


The contents of the email are as follows: “BWA, … Go to the Cat’s Closet now. Don’t question this email or my anonymity…just go! The address is … 819 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 … It will be worth the trip, I promise. … Anonymous”


As an agency, we want to send a heartfelt thank you to the sender of this email. It was a major piece of the case that has led us to finding NoirCat.

Anonymous Tip


Evidence #05

As we followed our leads in the search for NoirCat, we came upon an interesting trail of some tiny red plastic things that one of our agents was able to identify as “soft paws.” They are similar to nail polish for cats and can be seen below on NoirCat.

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We believe she left these as a trail for us to follow. Below is a picture of some of the soft paws found on the scene. Others were more scattered, leading us on a trail through a neighborhood in Fredericksburg.

road with soft paws

We collected 10 in total, which is accurate because as we later were told, they were only on her 10 front toes. We collected the soft paws for evidence and returned to BWA headquarters to take a further look at them. While inspecting them we immediately noticed that letters were etched into at least one side of each one. We knew the spelled something and we were being sent a message. After a short period, we were able to decode the message. Below is a picture taken of all the soft paws together just before we unscrambled.

wood table and soft paws

The unscrambling lead us to the message “Don’t Find Me.” Which leads us to ask, is someone trying to get us to stop looking for NoirCat? Are they framing her? How much trouble is she really in? Hopefully our search will be successful in getting these as well as other answers and returning NoirCat to Maggie and her DS106 family.



Scenes and Leads

We now feel an appropriate amount of time has passed from our investigation at the abandoned building that we can share photos of the site. Below are some different views of the building. We believe NoirCat may have spent one if not a few nights here during her first few days away from Maggie. But we have yet to figure out who was keeping her here.





After receiving an anonymous tip, we visited the store “Cat’s Closet” on Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Here we spoke to the store attendant and began to interview one of the cat’s before hearing a strange noise. We followed the noise to find NoirCat escaping out the Employees Only exit. Our pursuit was futile– we quickly lost her despite having been just on her tail. We then reconvened our interview with the cat but he would not give up anything. We will be bringing in a cat-body language interpreter to help give us clues based on his physical responses to our questions. We will share the video of this interview at a later time. However, we can now share the photo we were able to obtain of her fleeing the “Cat’s Closet.”


Meowdred can be seen just leaving through the kitty-door. Shortly after this photo was taken, we lost her.

 Stay tuned for our next update.





Evidence #04

After leaving Groom and Daphne’s place of residence, we spotted a shiny pink polka dotted name tag on the corner of College Avenue as we were heading towards William Street. The tag read the name: NoirCat. Here are some pictures of the scene:

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This last piece of evidenced encouraged us to keep pursuing further into the case so we made the turn down William Street and followed that until something caught Sylvia’s eye, it was a bright pink collar without a tag in the yard of an abandoned building. The collar had some stitching of a pets name, Meowdred Pierce, and who to return the pet to if it were lost. The owner’s name, Maggie Black, was marked out. This brought up many more questions for the investigation. Take a look for yourself:

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Evidence #03

Upon further investigation in the home of Groom and Daphne, we came across a small, suspicious black box that rested among old gaming equipment. It was cracked open and inside it was a large computer chip and a magnet. It wouldn’t have seemed suspicious without the animal fur that was visible around it. We believe this could have been used to deactivate NoirCat’s microchip. Edie photographed the box where it was found to document it as evidence. The box can be seen in the photo below, inside the red circle. After we confirm the box was used on the microchip, we will add it to the suspect board. It currently ties back to both Groom and Daphne. 

opened box w/ chip and magnet in




Evidence #02

We have uncovered a new piece of evidence! Upon further examination of the scene of the disappearance, we decided that is was smart to interview Daphne. We know what you all are thinking…why would they interview a dog? Well, we actually hired a canine translator to help us. As Julia James conducted the interview, our translator kept feeding her Daphne’s answers through an ear bud. Although she was a bit short and rude to Julia, we have reason to believe that her answers are all truthful. Below is the interview transcript:



Julia: Well, hello Daphne. I’m Julia James.

Daphne: *Growls

Julia: I want to ask you a few questions about NoirCat. So, I’ll start by saying, I know you’re a dog and she’s a cat, and things can get pretty heated there. But I’m going to try to keep an open mind. So I’m going to ask you, once for the record, what’s your relationship with NoirCat?

Daphne: We are friends! Actually, we are best friends!

Julia: Oh friends, huh? I’m not sure I buy it! But anyway, why did we find the ransom note at your house?

Daphne: Because I ate it! I was hungry, okay?!

Julia: Okay then? Well, I guess my next question is…what do you know about Maggie Black and her relationship with NoirCat?

Daphne: She doesn’t hate Maggie! But she does hate some community she’s a part of…I think it’s called DS106.

Julia: We will be sure to look into that. But with the little that you gave us to go on, how do you expect us to find your friend?

Daphne: Trust me, you shouldn’t find her. That’s all I’m saying.


Evidence #01

We have our first breakthrough in the case of “The Disappearance of Meowdred Pierce”! Upon looking at the evidence provided by Maggie Black and Jim Groom, our agency decided that looking for the ransom note that Groom accused his dog, Daphne, of eating, was our first step. Outside of the address that one of our informants provided us for Groom, we searched the premises for remnants of the note. After hours of searching, we found three scraps of paper. Based on this piece of evidence, we can conclude that NoirCat has definitely been catnapped. She is not just hiding from Maggie like our first suspicions concluded. Below are the scraps that we put together in logical order:


"We have you cat. If you ever want 2 see ur cat again, meet @ the pie..."

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


Obviously, the rest of the note is missing, so we do not know where the catnappers desire to meet. We do know that the first three letters are “Pie…” The construction of the note is very unorthodox, typical of a criminal or someone who struggles using the computer. It’s not much, but it’s something.




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