Cold Case Protocols

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The Foundations of Cold Case Murder Investigation

The key factor that determines the course of cold case investigations has always been, and always will be time. The negative side of this is that time works against the authorities if the perpetrator is not captured after the first few days. On the other hands, years have passed and it can now work to our benefit. The original protocols included three simple concepts: Continue reading

Predicting If the Cold Case Can Be Solved

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What Are the Chances of Success When Renewing a Murder Investigation

When we combined the data from three homicide samples (Washington, Dallas and Baltimore), we tried to determine if it was possible to predict which cases were more likely to be resolved. The information about the crime context, victim, motivation, evidence, basis for opening the cold case murder investigation, and the actions taken from the people who were investigating them was in the core of the analysis which targeted the variables associated with the probability of solving the case. Continue reading

Apart from Police Work, How Else Can One Solve Murders?

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How to Solve Murder Investigations Using Only Forensics?

A forensic investigation is establishing evidence and facts which are presented in a court of law. This phrase is used for almost all murder investigations. When people think of forensics, they automatically think of crime scene investigation, where physical evidence will be gathered. There are other types of forensic investigation, though, ranging from the likes of computer forensics to sub-fields which focus on insects and dentistry, plus crime scenes. Continue reading

Organizing and Funding Unsolved Murder Investigation

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Key Findings from the National Law Enforcement Cold Case Survey

A survey created by law enforcement agents revealed interesting information about the way of organizing and funding cold case investigations. A significant find was the fact that most of the cases are opportunistic. Only a small part of agencies who responded have indicated that they had a governing protocol that determined the initiation of opening an unsolved case. Only one in ten respondents admit that they have worked for agencies that had dedicated investigators, and only 7% of them had a special unit responsible for such investigations. Continue reading