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Entries from August 2006

“The best guys are retiring.”

August 13th, 2006 · Comments Off on “The best guys are retiring.”

I heard this a lot when I was researching my book. Apparently, they are also not being replaced. “The number of detectives has dropped from 7,182 in January 2001 to 5,200 this month, a 28% decline, according to numbers provided by the Detectives’ Endowment Association,” and reported today in a Daily News piece by Alison […]

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Cold Case Quick Facts

August 11th, 2006 · Comments Off on Cold Case Quick Facts

I have a list of facts that I take with me to interviews, in case I freeze and can’t remember something. It’s many pages long, but here are some highlights. – The first Cold Case Squad was in Florida. In 1979, the Metro-Dade Police Department (now the Miami-Dade Police Department) created the first cold case […]

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Happy 10th Anniversary!

August 3rd, 2006 · Comments Off on Happy 10th Anniversary!

The NYPD’s Cold Case Squad was formed in 1996. At the time my book went to press, of the 2,136 cases they had worked on by that point, they arrested 1,332 people in connection with those crimes, successfully cleared 629 cases and got exceptional clearances on 71 more (a case can be “exceptionally” cleared when […]

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Congratulations, Det. Stradford

August 2nd, 2006 · Comments Off on Congratulations, Det. Stradford

Det. Wendell Stradford, (former Transit guy) makes an arrest [the article has since been removed]. From the piece: “Franklin praised cold-case Detective Wendell Stradford and Assistant DA Nitin Savur for hunting down Montgomery.” This was for a 1974 murder. In some ways I think the older the better. Those cases are sadder, they are the […]

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