My blog (DCC) is a resource blog about old unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. Many cases have no web presence or a very limited one. With the Internet as a primary source for information gathering it is crucial that those developing new technologies can find these old cold cases.
Many things have changed in the past decades. Old but properly preserved evidence can be tested for touch DNA and it has already made a huge difference in solving some of these old cold cases. Cross-referenced databases of the missing and the unidentified has provided us with answers as well.
Not every newspaper has online archives or if they do, not all editions are online or hidden behind a pay wall. Many newspapers are not available on microfilm in public libraries. That is why I started my own small but public database on my blog. You can find more than 190 cold cases here.
The database is updated with every new post on my blog. However, not every case is updated in a new post but I do update the database so always check there. The case descriptions in the database can serve authors as inspiration for plot/character development. Trial dates from cases I watch are highlighted in the left margin on the home page.
Every month, my blog features a “Case of the Month.” This can be about an unsolved homicide, a missing person, an unidentified person or, about a wrongful conviction. This series is not limited to any particular country. You can find the link in the green top menu bar.
I am neither a law enforcement officer nor a private investigator. It is crucial that you understand that. I am a Dutch non-practicing lawyer/human rights defender blogging in the USA about unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. I help other human rights defenders/attorneys when requested.
I am a member of the following organizations: the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). My blog won in the American Bar Association’s Top 100 Blawgs (category: criminal justice) in 2013, 2014, 2015, and again in 2016.
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