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January 16th, 2007

The Number of Unsolved Murders in New York City


There are now 9,082 unsolved murders in New York City going back to 1985. That figure is a moving target of course. They are adding to that number all the time. Roughly 150 – 200 or more murders go cold every year, and try as they might, they are not going back and solving that many each year (of the older, cold cases).

That picture was take at one of the Property Clerk warehouses. Those barrels contain homicide evidence.

Attention!  If you have a friend or loved one whose murder is still unsolved and you want to know what to do, please read this:

People ask repeatedly in the comments section about what to do or who to call about an unsolved murder. The answer 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, 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 please ask here, but come back to see the answer!

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  • 1 Steve Boccone // May 10, 2018 at 4:54 am

    My great grandfather was murdered in NYC back in 1919 who can I contact to get the cold case file? Can you help?

  • 2 Stacy Horn // May 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Hi Steve, I will email you.

  • 3 Guillermo Class // May 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Just hi my name is Guillermo class I am. My mother was put in a mental institution in New York when she passed away me and my sister were separated and after 40 plus years we found each other it’s been 3 months now and we had done a lot of catching up so far but she lives in Puerto Rico anyway we have a gut feeling that our mother was murdered in that mental institute I’m not going to mention the name because I don’t like to defame nobody but that mental hospital it still up and running she was pronounced dead in 1975 and in 1974 there was a report on the New York Times that that hospital was out of control and there was fear of brutality and abuse that report was done in 19 84 and investigation was done where FBI law enforcement was involved and my sister just emailed me a copy of the death certificate where it reads cause of death investigation pending all we want is answers I’ve already contacted cold cases project and they told me to do a submission the only thing is that I cannot find a picture of my mother cuz it’s been so long my sister is trying to locate some but if there is a Cold Case Investigator out there and if you read this and can help me I’m willing to go to the end of the world you can call me at 860-335-3097 I live in Hartford Connecticut I tried to reach out to Marcia Clark on FB the attorney that has her new program on A&E channel but I haven’t gotten a response my email is guillermoclass1964 it’s been too long but it’s never too late I know my mother had a blunt force trauma to the Head and a scar on her eyelid and my sister remember when she was little they used to take her to visit our mom and that mental institute she always saw bruises and split lips on her and the look is like she wanted to say something and I know it’s because of that mental institute me and my sister lost 40 years of growing up together but hey I will be on the next plane to Puerto Rico to go see her soon hopefully anyway thank you and I hope to get a response from somebody and Cold Case Squad

  • 4 Stacy Horn // May 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Guillermo, I’m very sorry about your mother. Which institution was she in and what year did she die?

  • 5 Guillermo Class // May 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Creedmore State Hospital in New York Queens and she died in 1975 well they said she died she was only 32 years old and death certificate says cause of death pending investigation and in 1974 supposedly that place was out of control with rape and abuse and in 1975 she was found dead but I just makes me think that she must have been a victim and they’ve gotten away with it for all these years but it’s not happening I already got a hold of project Cold Case and I spoke to a Patty Lloyd she told me to make you some mission but I can’t find the only picture I had of my mother so my sister is looking for some but she lives in Puerto Rico and she told me that most of our stuff got damaged due to water from Hurricane Maria

  • 6 Stacy Horn // May 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I don’t know what Project Cold Case is, nor who Patty Lloyd is. I also don’t know what you mean by “to make you some mission.” I suggest reading through the instructions in the link below, although a lot of it wouldn’t apply to your mothers case, but it’s just good for you to know in general. According to what you saw on her death certificate, your mother’s case was listed as something they called a CUPPI (Circumstances Undetermined Pending Police Investigation). That means the Medical Examiner needed more information before classifying her death as a homicide.

    You can call or email the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad: (718) 834-2777, They should be able to retrieve her case files to see where the investigation was left. None of this is dependent on your having a picture of your mother.

  • 7 Guillermo Class // May 11, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Actually what they meant was a sub mission we’re you put all the information on the deceased person and what they do is they run it through their newsletter on their website and hoping that someone know something will say something and her name is Patty lord they made it clear that they don’t investigate but they do put the info out there hoping somebody knows something and they’ll come forward but yes I am going to call the NYPD Cold Case Squad I might have to go to New York and get original birth certificate and death certificate I was told she was pretty healthy she was only put in there because she had a nervous breakdown my sister tells me she remembers when she used when they used to take her to visit her if you remember seeing her arms full of bruises and split lip but she was just a kid what could she do and as we speak everything just keeps coming back cuz we have 40 Years of catching up we were separated at her funeral at the age 10 years old

  • 8 Guillermo Class // May 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Wow thank you for your concern and your advice feels good to have somebody here you out after all these years but I will continue my research next week I am going to New York and getting death certificate birth certificate everything from vital records and visit her grave because I finally know where she’s buried after all these years my sister says she doesn’t even have a tombstone and that’s a damn shame anyway thank you and God bless

  • 9 Stacy Horn // May 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Guillermo, you don’t have to come to the city to get a copy of her death certificate. You can order one online:

    You might also call the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. That is the office which rules the cause and manner of death for all suspicious deaths in New York and the ones who classified your mother’s case as a CUPPI. As her son you are entitled to a copy of their report. Their number is 212-447-2030.

  • 10 Guillermo Class // May 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Oh my God thank you so much I deeply appreciate monday day I will be on it first thing in the morning I even printed out an article that was done or written by reporter Philip shenon New York Times 6-18 -1984 a report on Creedmoor State Hospital fear of brutality and abuse in mental ward and the pictures of that place before and after or horrific anyway thank you kindly

  • 11 Ben // Jun 12, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Name is Ben – my brother Juan Roldan from STAMFORD, CT was found with a gunshot to the head, between two large rocks, in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx in Nov of 1990. Detectives never followed up on his murder despite indicating they had several ‘strong’ leads. Never heard anything despite multitude of phone calls.

  • 12 Stacy Horn // Jun 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Ben, I’m so sorry about your brother. I’m also sorry the detectives never got back to you. I suggest reading this list of instructions I put together, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask:

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