By Jack Branson
This ebook files the heroic efforts of a few of the nation's so much prolific chilly case detectives. In collaboration the authors, those execs percentage their insights, abilities, and assets, utilizing their so much compelling chilly situations as illustrations.
The authors study how chilly case investigations vary from normal investigations and why chilly case detectives occasionally have luck the place previous investigators failed. additionally they speak about the various pitfalls of reopening long-unsolved crimes, corresponding to misplaced or compromised proof and the trouble of having actual info from witnesses who needs to depend upon fading stories.
Looking to the long run, the authors speak about new know-how that can sometime permit investigators to greatly improve surveillance video clips and create a facial reputation database as exact as DNA research and fingerprints.
Both precise crime readers and fellow legislations enforcement pros will locate the tales and specialist insights...
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Criminal investigation—United States. I. Branson, Mary Kinney. II. Title. 250973—dc22 2011004988 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper Acknowledgments Introduction: Forgotten, As a Dream Chapter 1: How Old Is Cold? Chapter 2: Why Temperatures Drop Chapter 3: Turning Up the Heat Chapter 4: New Hope for Old Cases Chapter 5: Investigation Chapter 6: Advanced Cold Case Techniques Chapter 7: Why Colder Can Be Hotter Chapter 8: How Cases Ice Over Chapter 9: Keeping Up the Heat Chapter 10: Speaking for the Victims Index Conducting an investigation is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
But the murders continued, and their frequency increased. And soon the mounting cases couldn't be attributed to simply living in high-risk neighborhoods. In spite of life's challenges and regardless of their financial circumstances, the majority of mothers in the Atlanta projects loved their children. And so, as more and more of their children went missing, the mothers cried out. And their cries were heard in Washington, and eventually around the world. Without the mothers pointing the police to the possibility of a serial child-killer, the murders might have continued longer than they did.
In a large agency like Charlotte, cases come in constantly, so workload plays a big part in cases going cold. Cases go farther down in the pile. If a case has a better chance of being solved, it's moved up. ” CASES GO COLD WHEN AN INVESTIGATOR STOPS FOLLOWING THE EVIDENCE AND STARTS FOLLOWING A THEORY. When Fred Wilkerson vanished in November 1987, his family immediately suspected his ex-girlfriend, Connie Quedens. Earlier that year, Quedens had started divorce proceedings on her husband, Fred had deeded his share of a fourteen-acre Troup County, Georgia, property to her “for love and affection,” she and Fred had built their dream house on the property she now owned, Fred had made Quedens the beneficiary of his $10,000 life-insurance policy, and they had moved in together.