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Entries from April 2006

Oldest Unsolved Murders

April 24th, 2006 · 3 Comments

When my book went to press, 25,062 murders had been committed since 1985. Roughly a third of those murders are still unsolved. (I say roughly, because that figure is a moving target.) For better or worse, I’m curious about the oldest unsolved murders. The NYPD’s Central Records Division has a warehouse in Brooklyn where they […]

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Tags: Homicide Facts · Old Murder Cases

FBI and Civil Rights Cold Cases

April 21st, 2006 · Comments Off on FBI and Civil Rights Cold Cases

This is great news. The FBI may be establishing a Cold Case Unit to look at unsolved civil rights era murders.

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A Different Kind of Cold Case from 1946

April 17th, 2006 · Comments Off on A Different Kind of Cold Case from 1946

An unsolved lynching case is being looked at again. Roger and Dorothy Malcom, 24 and 20 years old, and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, 28 and 23, were murdered on July 25, 1946, in Monroe, Georgia, 11 days after Roger Malcom stabbed a white man who he believed was sleeping with his wife. The man […]

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Declining Clearance Rates – Part 2

April 4th, 2006 · Comments Off on Declining Clearance Rates – Part 2

The first thing to look for is an increase in the kinds of murders that are harder to solve, such as: – Murders involving firearms. When someone shoots someone they don’t necessarily get close enough to leave DNA evidence. – Murders without witnesses or uncooperative witnesses. For instance, cases involving organized crime or gangs. – […]

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