Allies that Help Solve Cold Cases
Old Fashioned Detective Work and a Little LuckBy Joseph Giacalone
When the police looked into the matter, they discovered a quadruple homicide of the Walker family six days before Christmas in 1959. Unfortunately, the police were unable to find this man again and the case remains unsolved. However, this is one of the breaks that cold case detectives often hope for. Cold cases are extremely difficult to investigate because breaks are often rare. There is a reason why the case is cold, i.e. lack of physical evidence, witnesses, etc. Investigators must dig for answers and develop "Allies" to help solve the case.
Here is a list of the 7 Allies that help solve the toughest cold cases:
- Relationship changes
- Witnesses are no longer afraid to testify
- Arrested persons need help with the Criminal Justice System
- Guilt/remorse by the suspect/witness
- Perpetrator finds religion
- Offender re-offends
- Improvements in Forensic Science
In addition, investigators should grab the initial list of witnesses and track them down. A re-interview may uncover surprising leads and new information. Years of guilt, fear and anguish over the matter may finally make witnesses come forward and all investigators need to do is ask! This may involve some traveling to different states, so plan your trips accordingly. However, in my experience I have found that most people still live in the same general vicinity.