Attention: After more than ten years, I’ve decided to retire this blog. I will no longer be adding posts, except on special occasions. I’m leaving it up because the information and advice in the links and posts are still useful. The most useful links are over on the left, under: GETTING HELP – CONTACTING A COLD CASE SQUAD. I will still answer questions in the comment sections if I can help. From time to time I will also update the links, and my list of cold case squads.
October 24th, 2016
June 25th, 2016
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.
May 13th, 2016
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 17th, 2015
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.