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April 21st, 2015

Rest in Peace, Joe Redican

From the email I received: Joe Redican appointed November 1979, was one of the “Original” Cold Case Detectives when the unit formed. He retired from the Department November 1999 while still in CCS. Joe had been very sick for a while and finally succumbed to his illness on March 2nd, 2015.

Here he is in an early picture of the squad.

Joe Redican NYPD Cold Case Squad

Three others Cold Case detectives have previously died:

Det. William “Billy” Keenan
Det. Thomas “Tommy” Dudziac
Det. FEermin “Sonny” Archer

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January 5th, 2015

Black and Missing Update

I posted about the Black and Missing Foundation a couple of years ago. It was established in 2008 by sisters Natalie and Derrica Wilson to address the under-reporting and overall lack of attention given to missing persons cases involving minorities. I just came across a piece titled, 64,000 Missing Women in America All Have One Important Thing in Common by Zak Cheney-Rice.

From the article: “The numbers: Despite representing 12.85% of the population, black Americans accounted for nearly 226,000 — or 34% — of all missing persons reported in 2012. According to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, the comparison with other racial groups is unfavorable: Whites and Hispanics are a combined 80.1% of the population, but account for 60% of missing persons.”

I’ve posted before about the horrible ambiguity of missing persons cases. In some ways it’s worse than cold cases involving a murder. I’m glad this organization was started and is still in operation.

The picture below is from the NYPD’s photo unit archives.

Lost Children NYPD Photo Archives

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November 28th, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I post this picture every year, even though the Towers in the background makes it a little sad. But there is always a bittersweet side to every occasion, if you think about it. I envy this Santa though. That looks scary but fun!

Happy holidays everyone.


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September 8th, 2014

The Women Survivors of Homicide Movement

I just learned of The Women Survivors of Homicide Movement, which is led by Mary Franklin. I read about them in a Boston Herald article. From the article:

“A group of “women survivors” whose sons, husbands and other relatives are among Boston’s hundreds of unsolved murders are planning to pack the T next week to press police on diversifying their homicide unit and highlight the stunning number of cold cases.”

Franklin is quite right to push for more people of color in the homicide squads. I found that in New York you’re twice as likely to be murdered if you’re black, and your case is four times as likely to go cold. The Herald reports finding that in Boston “black men were killed at 10 times the rate of white men over the 10-year span, but only 38 percent of their killings were solved compared with 79 percent for white men.”

(Also, they have 335 unsolved murders from 2004 – 2013. My most conservative estimate of the number of unsolved murders for the same time period in New York is 1,650.)

Their event, called Turning the Orange Line Purple, is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. They hope to line “one side of a T car from Forest Hills to the Oak Grove T station and back.” (With pictures of their murdered friends and relatives.) It’s not clear if they plan to line one car or the whole train. I also wonder if they plan to Livestream it? I’ll try to find out, and I’ll update this post if I do.

Update: A video of Mary Franklin speaking about the movement.

This photograph by Stuart Cahill is from the Boston Herald article I’ve linked to.

The Women Survivors of Homicide Movement, Boston Massachussetts

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