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June 25th, 2016

How Many Unsolved Murders Updated

As of January 16, 2007 there were 9,082 unsolved murders in New York since 1985. Using the most optimistic clearance rates for the murders that occurred between 2007 and 2015 (33% left unsolved) the current number of unsolved murders since 1985 would be around 10,393.

The NYPD’s Cold Case Squad last year.

New York Police Department Cold Case Squad

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May 13th, 2016

Fundme Campaign for Christopher O’Connor

Chris O'Connor
“His name was Christopher O’Connor; he was 22 when he was murdered. The murder took place on April 11, 1987, outside L’Amour east nightclub, in Queens, New York. His body was discovered near a garbage dumpster in the early mornings hours.”

His case remains unsolved and his godfather has started a gofundme campaign in order to hire a private investigator.

If you have any information on Christopher’s demise, please send an email to

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November 17th, 2015

NYPD’s Cold Case Squad is the Largest in the Country

They were down to eleven, and for a while the next largest squad, the LAPD’s Cold Case Homicide Unit, had overtaken them. But the NYPD’s Cold Case Unit now has twenty detectives, one lieutenant, and two sergeants (the LAPD has ten detectives and one lieutenant).

This must be due in part to Police Commissioner William Bratton, and the squad’s current commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander James West. I’m not saying one squad is better than the other, but New York City is larger, and with over 10,000 unsolved homicides going back to 1985, increasing the strength of the squad is a good move.

A picture of the original Cold Case Squad, taken shortly after the squad was formed in 1996.


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October 15th, 2015

No Body Homicide Investigation

No Body Homicide Investigation
Det. Wendell Stradford of the NYPD pointed me to this blog specializing in no body cases. It’s run by former DC Assistant United States Attorney Thomas A. DiBiase.

DiBiase is also the author of No-Body Homicide Cases: A Practical Guide to Investigating, Prosecuting and Winning Cases When the Victim is Missing, which came out last year. DiBiase has consulted on many no body cases, including Etan Patz.

Stradford has been working a couple of no body cases, one of which recently resulted in a conviction.

These cases have got to be some of the most difficult to investigate and prosecute, and for the families, the most heart-breaking. So good work Detective Stradford and Brooklyn ADA Melissa Carvajal.

Update: Louis Perez was just sentenced to 25 years to life for the 2006 murder of Bruce Blackwood.

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