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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:

  • 13 Johnny Orellana // Jun 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm


    Im a captain with the NYPD and would like to help on a case someone comment on. Please send him my info or send me his to help on this case. This is what he wrote:

    Angel Maldonado // Jan 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    posted was there yesterday and now it seems to be gone for some reason…… So I’m trying to find some help and guidance for my situation. My sister Linda Maldonado was killed in New York On Atlantic Avenue .it’s been 28 years and no answers. My dad has opened up publicly on facebook about it. And it hurts me to know that he is pain. I was only 10 years old when it happened so didn’t know much details until now. From what I understand is that NYPD told my father that they were close to having someone in custody And still nothing. My father has a lot of information on this case so I I’m trying to help him find someone that can help us. Find Justice for Linda Maldonado whom was only 17 at the time. Please let me know who I can contact or call. My dad seems to believe that the NYPD was protecting a family that owned the van that killed my sister .please email me asap thank you.

  • 14 Stacy Horn // Jun 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Hello Captain, I will email you.

  • 15 Chiko // Aug 29, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    This is a message for Javier Garcia who wants more info on the deaths of Lorenzo (Kuriaki) Soto and Gabriel (Buck 4) Marcano. I have been in contact with family members and might be able to help you. Leave your contact info and I will contact you.

  • 16 Darrius Boyd // Oct 14, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I need information on a murder that happened in queens ny may 26th 1990 fatal shooting.The victims name is Sean C. Rucker age 22

  • 17 Damaris L. // Oct 28, 2018 at 8:35 am

    This is a long shot but my favorite aunt was murdered in the Bronx almost 50 years (12/7/1970. No forced entry into her apt, and was possible raped.
    It’s been a mystery that has haunted my family. My father and other sibling have now died never knowing what happened, even though my father did hire a private investigator shortly after. I was only 7, but she was my favorite aunt.
    Is this too old to look into, can there be no closure.

  • 18 Kevin Mcbride // Oct 28, 2018 at 9:39 am

    My father was murdered in Harlem ny in may 1984 I was 6 years old I never heard anything about an arrest or suspect his name was tony brown how can I get some information about the case , thank you

  • 19 Santhia valentin // Nov 25, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Hi my name is santhia valentin and I’m trying to find out what happened to my mother in 1995 in east Brooklyn ny,she was murdered in an abandoned building her name is Rosa Valentin can you please help me

  • 20 Martha mora Martinez // Jan 28, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    My brother Luis Beltran 26 at the time was murdered on October 16,2006 in Brooklyn ,NY. At the time the police had several people of interest arrested and questioned. The detective who was working the case said he believed the individual was the person they were looking for . Unfortunately everyone was released due to lack of a credible witness. We never heard from anyone again. I made several attempts to actively reopen the case and nothing ever happened. During that time there was a high profile murder of a woman in that area and I believed my brothers case wasn’t properly investigated due to that. I also feel that any evidence on hand wasn’t processed. I did what I could at the time but it was hard to do. I for some reason didn’t have the courage to face what had happened. Maybe with today’s technology something can be discovered.

  • 21 Anonymous // Jan 30, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I am the nephew of Efrain “Tino” Blanco. May he rest in peace .

  • 22 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Martha, I’m so sorry about your brother. I’m also sorry you never heard from anyone again. It is true that they sometimes don’t make arrests until they have enough evidence to convict. As you probably know, in the U.S. people can’t be tried for the same crime twice, so they have to get it right the first time. That said, there could have been other factors. I’m going to email you with a suggestion.

  • 23 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Santhia, I’m so sorry about your mother, and I’m sorry for not responding sooner. I’ve stopped actively posting on this blog and for some reason I’m not getting email when people leave comments.

    I’d start by reading my suggestions at the link below. Not all of them will apply to your situation, but take a look and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

  • 24 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Kevin, I’m so sorry about your father, and I’m sorry for not responding sooner. As I just said to another person who left a comment, I’ve stopped actively posting on this blog and for some reason I’m not getting email when people leave comments.

    I will email you with a suggestion.

  • 25 Stacy Horn // Feb 3, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I’m sorry about your Aunt. The older the case the more difficult it is to solve, but not impossible, although I can’t address this particular case without the facts. That said, I would start by reading the suggestions in the link below. If you have any of your father records from his search with the private detective, that would be enormously helpful. Once you read the information in the link, please feel free to ask me questions if have any.

  • 26 Samuel Fraticelli // Mar 13, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    In 1982 my little brother Ricardo Fraticelli was killed in Sunset Park Brooklyn. Till this date my family has never been informed of anyone ever being charged for his murder. Can you help? The 72nd Prisent was in charge of the case.

  • 27 Stacy Horn // Mar 25, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Samuel, I’m so sorry about your younger brother. I’m going to email you.

  • 28 Cynthia Clark // Apr 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    In June 1994 Emanuel Packer was shot in front a church between Gowanus & Wyckoff projects. He died at Beth Israel hospital approximately 8:30 pm. Was this case uncovered; please?

  • 29 Annie // Apr 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    My mother was murdered in 1972 who do I contact

  • 30 Stacy Horn // Apr 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Annie, I’m very sorry about your mother. I would suggest reading through the instructions in the link below. There’s a link to cold case squads around the U.S., except it’s not up to date. (But there are instructions about what to do about that.) If you have any questions after reading the instructions I’d be happy to answer them if I can.

  • 31 Stacy Horn // Apr 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Cynthia, are related to Mr. Packer?

  • 32 Brenda Santiago // Apr 29, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    My brother was only 17 years old.Shot and killed in 1993.I just want Justice.How can I go about trying to get his cold case open?

  • 33 Stacy Horn // May 4, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Brenda, I’m so sorry about your brother. You could start by reading the link below. At the end there’s a link to cold case squads around the U.S., except it’s not up to date. (But there are instructions about what to do about that.) If you have any questions after reading the instructions I’d be happy to answer them if I can.

  • 34 Gail Burkholder // May 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    My father, Murry Spicehandler, was shot in his store on Lincoln Place in Brooklyn in December 1977 and died of his injuries in June 1978. I contacted the NYPD about 20 years ago but they had nothing. Any ideas?

  • 35 Stacy Horn // May 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I’m so sorry about your father, Gail. I will email you.

  • 36 Kenneth // Aug 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Hi . I was 9 years old in far rockaway queens.
    My friend and I were standing outside my house when a fat man pulled up in a van with sliding door open and yelled at us to get in. He had a beard and a baseball hat on. We jump a fence and dove into my kitchen window and my mother called police. Now I look to see if any children went missing and I see the name of Bruce bostick who killed a 7 year old girl. I can’t find a photo of him .. just wondering if it was the same scumbag… I would slit his throat if I could

  • 37 Stacy Horn // Aug 26, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Kenneth, you were smart to run, your parents taught you well.

  • 38 Janine Lara // Oct 5, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Hello. My husband was murdered in October 28, 1988. Jesus eliceo tavarez. How can I find out if anything has happened to with this case

  • 39 Stacy Horn // Oct 14, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Janine, I’m very sorry about your husband. Where did this happen, exactly? I would start by reading the suggestions in the link below. Not everything may apply to you, but it’s a start. If you have questions after reading it, please feel free to ask me.

  • 40 Teresa Croom // Nov 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

    My name is teresa croom my mother’s name is jeanette sophie Lynch-Croom. She is know 80 yrs old.. I have reason to believe she. Was mudered on Oct 31 2006..i dont know where she is buried. 2. If anybody was arrested. She was in a female shelter they found her body behind a shower.. Ladt i knowned she was in the bronx maybe mount vernon ny or brooklyn

  • 41 Stacy Horn // Nov 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I’m very sorry about your mother, Teresa. I would start by requesting a death certificate from the City. Death certificates usually list where the person was buried (and will also list if there is a police investigation). You can order one online here:

    If she was homeless and had no one to pay for a burial, she maybe have been buried on Hart Island, the site of New York’s Potter’s Field. You can research that here:

  • 42 Santhia Valentin // Dec 4, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I’ve tried calling and leaving email about my mom and I get no answers from no one,please help me,if you only knew what my mom went through as a human being, you would understand why I need your help urgently please I’m begging you

  • 43 Heather // Jan 26, 2020 at 4:43 am

    my grandfather vicente cortes was murdered in ny in 1975 and the case is still unsolved how can i get the file?

  • 44 Stacy Horn // Jan 26, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Heather, I’m very sorry about your grandfather. I would start by reading the suggestions in the link below. Not everything may apply to you, but it’s a start. If you have questions after reading it, please feel free to ask me.

  • 45 Edwin Torres // Feb 9, 2020 at 3:11 am

    My cousin Adrian Caez Jr. was killed on March 22, 1972. He was 15 yrs old and was on his way to a party with a friend. They were assaulted on Westchester Ave. and Falle Street by gang members from the Galaxies. He later died at Lincoln Hospital. I am trying to find out if this case was solved and how can I get my late cousin’s date of birth. His parents and brother are deceased. He has three sisters but they were young and have no birth or death certificate. Thank you for your help if possible. The story did come out in the NY Times, however, they spelled his last name incorrectly Cam instead of Caez.

  • 46 Stacy Horn // Feb 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Edwin, I’m very sorry about your cousin. I believe that corner is in the 41st precinct. You could start by calling the detectives at the precinct. They won’t have an answer for you, and they will have to do some digging around to find an answer so you won’t get one quickly, I’m afraid. I’m email you.

    You can request his birth certificate only. They can search without the exact date, but you would need to give them a range, like 1956-1958. Go to:

  • 47 Suzanne Kilkenny // Feb 11, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    My sister, Anne Deirdre Curtis was murdered in her apartment located at 297 Lenox ave, corner of Lenox & no strand ave, Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 1968. My niece was 3 mos old at the time & left unharmed in her carriage. My sister was a nurse at kings county hospital & her husband, James Curtis, was a medical student at downstate medical center & also st Luke’s. She was raped, strangled & stabbed. I was only 17 at the time & I am now 69. I realize this is an extremely old case but I have been desperate for some information. Several years ago I spoke with a detective in the cold case squad, but lost all information during superstorm sandy. The only thing I remember is him telling me about a person named David Mitchell who was serving time in Ely state prison Nevada. He murdered 2 girls in a similar way. I do believe the detective said this man was possibly in New York at the time of her death. Do I have any recourse at this point?

  • 48 Suzanne Kilkenny // Feb 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    My sister, Anne Deirdre Curtis, was murdered in her Brooklyn apartment at 297 Lenox ave, corner of Lenox & Nostrand Ave on January 31, 1968
    Raped, strangled,stabbed. Who do I contact re: her cold case file. Can you help me?

  • 49 Suzanne kilkenny // Feb 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I am trying to find information re: the murder of my sister Anne Deirdre Curtis. She was murdered January 31, 1968 in her apt at 297 Lenox Ave Brooklyn. Who can I contact for any type of help?

  • 50 Stacy Horn // Feb 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Suzanne, I’m so sorry about your sister, that is so terrible. What would you like to see happen? Did you discuss what you would to happen with the detective you spoke with? What did he say? You could reach out to the Cold Case Squad again if you are not satisfied with the response you got.

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