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Cold Case Bibliography


Christina Lewis, Solving the Cold Case: Time, DNA and Ingenuity Can Help, Court TV News: Hidden Traces (

Article about various aspects of cold case files that provides a progressive discussion of some the advances in law enforcement technology used for cold case investigations.

Nancy Ritter, Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nationís Silent Mass Disaster, 256 N.I.J. J. 2 (January 2007) (

The article describes the growing problem of identifying human remains found under suspicious circumstances, explaining steps that can be taken on a state-by-state and national level to help identify human remains through regular use of DNA samples and DNA databases.

Melissa Solomon, Righting Old Wrongs: Technology Helps Federal Investigators Revisit Unsolved Civil-Rights-Era Cases and Finally Close Some Books on the Past, Fed Tech Magazine, November 2006 (

Leonard G. Johns, Gerard F. Downes & Camille D. Bibles, Resurrecting Cold Case Serial Homicide Investigations, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 2005, at 1 (

Deborah Gage, FBI: Cold Case Files, Baseline, April 6, 2005 (,1540,1783699,00.asp)

This article critiques the FBI's plans to create a new system for improving coordination between law enforcement agencies on cold case investigations, under the Trilogy project, including plans to replace the Automated Case Support (ACS) system with a newer Virtual Case File (VCF) system.

Vivian B. Lord, Implementing a Cold Case Homicide Unit: A Challenging Task, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, February 2005, at 1 (

Jonathan Krim, FBI Rejects Its New Case File Software, Washington Post, January 14, 2005, at A5 (

This article analyzes the reasons for the failure of the FBI's proposed Virtual Case File (VCF) software system and the FBI's additional plans to improve the sharing of crime information by law enforcement agencies.

Ramesh Nyberg, Justice Served Cold: The Nation's First Official Cold Case Squad Teaches the Bad Guys That There's no Statute of Limitations on Murder, Police, October 2004, at 44 (

The article details the work of the Miami-Dade cold case squad.

Sanford Wexler, Cold Cases are Getting Hot, Law Enforcement Technology, June 2004, at 18 (

The article discusses how DNA technology was used to solve two murder cases, one from 1957 and the other from1968.

James Markey, New Technology and Old Police Work Solve Cold Sex Crimes, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2003 (

FBI publication discusses the development of a strategy involving new technology and experienced investigators to investigate cold case sex crimes. It details the multidisciplinary team approach developed to reopen cold case sex crime cases, including strategies to help reluctant or frightened victims cope with reopening their cases, such as providing professional victim advocates to act as a resource referral for long-term assistance.

Ryan Turner and Rachel Kosa, Cold Case Squads: Leaving No Stone Unturned, Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletin, July 2003 (

Pamphlet describes the use of cold case squads as an effective law enforcement strategy to solve cold cases.

David Spraggs, How to...Open a Cold Case, Police, May 2003, at 28 (

The article discusses the important components in investigating cold cases including witnesses and physical evidence.

Michael D. Kirkpatrick, Cold Cases with Digital Fingerprints, Sheriff, July-August 2001, at 14 (

The article discusses how hundreds of cold cases are solved each year when those arrested have their fingerprints submitted through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

Ronnie Garrett, Time Travelers with a Purpose: Cold Case Investigators Use New Technology to Travel Back in Time and Solve Old Cases, Law Enforcement Technology, June 2001, at 46 (

The article examines the increasing use of DNA analysis to solve cold cases.

Charles Wellford & James Cronin, Clearing Up Homicide Clearance Rates, NIJ Journal, April 2000, at 3 (

Ramesh Nyberg, Investigations: Cold Case Squads Re-Activate Old Investigations, Law & Order, October 1999, at 127 (

Charles L. Regini, Cold Case Concept, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, August 1997 (

L.J.F. Smith & T.F. Marshall, Who Gets Away With Crime? A Study of Unsolved Burglaries, 54 Police Journal 105 (1981) (

R.D. Doering & T.O. Morgan, Community Involvement in Solution of Unsolved Felony Cases, Police Chief, May 1979, at 41 (

E. Zannes, Crime Stoppers in Albuquerque, Police Chief, June 1977, at 64 (


Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit, Cold Case Investigations: A Guide for Victims and Their Families (

Published in conjunction with the Victim Assistance Unit of the Denver Police Department Cold Case Homicide Detectives, this on-line guide is a tool to assist victims' family members in homicide cases that have been classified as or are being investigated as cold cases cope with the administrative, legal and investigative processes related to cold cases.

Richard H. Walton, Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques (CRC Press 2006) (

Charles R Swanson, Neil C. Chamelin, Leonard Territo and Robert W. Taylor, Criminal Investigation, with Student Simulation CD, 9th Edition (McGraw-Hill 2006) (

Greg Cooper & Mike King, Cold Case Methodology (LawTech 2005) (

Stacy Horn, The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad (Penguin 2005) (,,9780670034192,00.html)

Also see Stacy Horn's website at

Roger Wilkes, ed., The Mammoth Book of Unsolved Crime: The Biggest and Best Collection of Unsolved Murder and Mystery Cases, (Carroll & Graf 2005) (

Henry C. Lee, with Thomas W. OíNeil, Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crimes (Prometheus Books 2004) (

The book details case studies and techniques used by Dr. Lee to solve cases, including the decades-old Skakel-Moxley murder.

Katherine Ramsland, The Science of Cold Case Files (Berkley 2004) (,,9780425197936,00.html)

Philip Gourevitch, A Cold Case (Picador 2003) (

Louis N. Eliopulos, Cold Case Investigations, 2 Death Investigator's Handbook (Paladin Press 2002) (

National Institute of Justice, NIJ Special Report: Using DNA to Solve Cold Cases (July 2002) (

The document presents an overview of using DNA and DNA databases to aid in solving cold cases.

Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science, National Research Council, DNA Technology in Forensic Science (National Academies Press 1992) (

Book describing the various technological uses of DNA in forensic science analyses and recommendations for working with this evidence.


Cold Case Investigations

DVD by Andy Rosenzweig, Director of the Cold Case Forum and former cold case investigator discusses the factors that go into cold case investigations.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation Newsletter

Criminal Law: A Cold Case (Insight Media 2005)

DVD examining "the case of Federico Gonzalez, who was tried and convicted of a 20-year-old murder. It features a panel discussion regarding the challenges of prosecuting a cold case; the role scientific evidence played in the conviction of Gonzalez; and the importance of bringing closure to the families of the victims, police, prosecutors, and society."

Songs for Parents of Missing Children (

CD featuring songs "culled from actual experience expressing the hopes, fears, anguish, sense of loss and enduring love felt by parents of missing children," with all proceeds donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.