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July 24th, 2013

NYPD Continues to Work on the Baby Hope Case

I wrote about the Baby Hope case in my book The Restless Sleep because a friend of mine who works at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told me the case haunted him. The details of her brief life and her death are grim.

It may be a long shot, but it’s good to read that the Cold Case Squad is still out there, doing what they can.

The picture below comes from a Daily Mail piece about the case.

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June 19th, 2013

Getting Help on a Cold Case

People often ask in the comments section about what to do or who to call about an unsolved murder. The answers to those questions are on the left under the heading: Getting Help – Contacting a Cold Case Squad.

First read the document titled Before You Contact a Cold Case Squad. Then look up the number in the document Cold Case Squad and Other Organizations.

If you can’t find a number for your city or town on my list, call your local police department and ask them if they have a cold case squad or a person in their homicide squad who specializes in cold cases. If they don’t then ask to speak to someone in their homicide squad. If you don’t get what you believe is a decent response, then go to the document on the left titled, Escalating Your Case.

If you have specific questions after reading through these instructions, or as you go along, please ask here, but come back to see the answer!

NOTE: If you don’t have the information you need to give to the police, you might try going to the library first before contacting them. I give instructions for that here.

As you gather information, please keep in mind the amazing story of Joselyn Martinez. Ms. Martinez really did her homework and as a result, the killer of her father was found and brought to justice. There are so many resources available on the internet now.

If you are asking for information about a murder victim who is unrelated to you (a murder you read about or that happened near you, or perhaps someone you knew a little) and you’ve always been curious to know what happened, you should also begin online and at the library.

This is an old picture of Police Laboratory equipment.

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June 12th, 2013

Joselyn Martinez Shows How It’s Done

The Daily News story of a daughter who tracked down her father’s killer is a must read. An earlier article from June 10th in the same paper gives more details. The picture below is of Joselyn Martinez and her father a year before he was murdered.

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May 2nd, 2013

The Horrible Ambiguity of Missing Persons Cases

Someone just emailed me about a missing persons case which relatives feel is actually a homicide. That is what people usually believe and they are often right, but in so many cases, there is so little police can do.


So this brief piece caught my eye. Police are asking the public to help identify a man whose body was pulled from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania in 1998. It’s such a distinctive face and shape of head, maybe someone will recognize him.

And then there is the story of a, coincidentally, Pennsylvania woman who went missing in 2002 and just returned. I feel for everyone in this case.

I have some links to missing persons organizations, but relatively few as the focus of this site is homicide investigation. If there are any particularly great links I should have, please let me know.

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