Burke, Council, and Hawkins

I love to check the oldest cases on police departments’ cold case pages. Not all departments have such a page but all departments should. The Metropolitan Police for the District of Columbia has several pages split up in categories. You can search for current missing person cases, cases with rewards, most wanted cases, and unsolved homicides. The […]

RIP Robert Kovack

DNA tests on human remains found near the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia confirmed that the remains belonged to Robert Leroy Kovack (24). Robert Kovack went missing on September 19, 1998. Kovack had started his second year in the graduate architecture program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was leaving Blacksburg on Friday evening to go home […]

The Brain Defense: neuroscience in court

Neuroscience plays a role in the courtroom just like partial fingerprinting and DNA. It is a field with which many struggle. Is it true when someone says: “my brain made me do it?” Is that person hearing voices or simply making excuses? It is tempting to think that indeed, they make up excuses to avoid […]

Remembering the Frog Boys

They are known as the Frog Boys and theirs is the Case of the Month for March, 2017. U Cheol-won (13), Jo Ho-yeon (12), Kim Yeong-gyu (11), Park Chan-in (10), and Kim Jong-sik (9) went to catch frogs near Mount Waryong, South Korea, on March 26, 1991. It was a national holiday so they didn’t […]

Who killed Bob Crane?

John Hook, an American reporter, will release his book “Who Killed Bob Crane?” on February 21, 2017. As a treat for my readers, John gave me photography to use on my blog and an excerpt of the first chapter. The Case The book explores the unsolved murder of American icon and Hogan’s Heroes TV star […]

Elodie Kulik and familial DNA

In the night from January 10 to 11, 2002, Elodie Kulik (24) was murdered. She was kidnapped and raped. Her body was set on fire. Her remains were left in a farmer’s field. Her attacker(s) tried to burn anything that could identify them but they didn’t succeed. The authorities found Elodie’s red Peugeot less than a mile […]