Why do you have a picture of a military fort on DCC?
It featured in the header of the previous themes so for continuation, I now use it in the mission statement. Dinaburg Fort is located in Latvia, Europe. It is the biggest fort in the Baltic States. I chose this photograph as my header since it represents how I feel about unsolved homicides.
The arches you see are a familiar feature in old prisons. In this photograph, you see green moss everywhere. To me that indicates the cold, moist areas where unsolved homicide files are stored in a dismal state with little done to properly preserve the evidence. The arch opens into another area that holds the same dreadful features but one thing is different: the other area has two windows. These windows are like eyes and they let me look into a different direction.
Passing the arch symbolises to me that the cold cases that have been stored there for decades are now taken up by different people but still without results. However, there is hope that one day we just might find that piece of information that allows us to see the case with “new eyes” as represented by the two small windows.
The cold case is a puzzle. However, if after decades the puzzle pieces still do not fit together then maybe it is time to think outside the box. Maybe the bits of information that formed a single puzzle piece were never meant to be placed together. Maybe we started the puzzle with the wrong pieces. And that is what this blog does. I look at the puzzle again and try to find whether there were alternative explanations for the facts in hopes to regroup the puzzle pieces to get a clearer picture.
Can I comment on posts?
This is a resource blog and serves first and foremost to create awareness for old unsolved homicides. Instead of commenting here, I wish to encourage all my readers to share their thoughts on their own social media platforms. By discussing a cold case on your accounts with your network, you enhance the victim’s digital footprint. If we all keep that up then one day our updates pop up in news feeds from people who can help. And that is the goal.
Do you review books?
Yes, but I only review true crime, crime fiction, and historical mysteries. Book reviews are posted here on DCC only. I will share that post on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you want me to review your book, contact me. Due to my workload, I cannot meet any deadlines for book reviews.
If I send you a message on the Contact Page, does it get posted on DCC?
No, messages sent via the contact page land in my email inbox and are for my eyes only.
Can anyone guest blog on DCC?
I am very selective with guest bloggers. They are either friends/professionals I know in life, victim family members who have communicated extensively with me, or fellow collaborators. Note that I do not publish pieces that have already appeared several times on the web via other blogs or websites. Be unique!
Does DCC respect my privacy?
YES. No email address is ever shared unless you ask me to do so.
I LOVE your work! Can I quote it, copy it, paste it???
Fair use is ok, however, a link and a nod to DCC is appreciated. As you can see at the bottom of the page, all rights are reserved. If you copy parts of my text, I expect you to include links to DCC, the post involved, and mention in your post where the original text came from. I do the same for you. Remember that if you use photographs to include the credits as well. We regularly check the web using Copyscape and we will call you on ‘unfair’ use.
Who is your webmaster?
Jacques Soudan is responsible for all the tech things related to DCC and he’s the best in the business!