About my blog

CrimeCon CD panel Alice de SturlerDefrosting Cold Cases (DCC) is a resource blog about old unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. I also write about missing persons, unidentified persons, forensics as applied to cold cases, and book reviews.

What is a cold case?

A cold case involves an investigation where despite tremendous efforts of the authorities (often assisted by the media and civilians) no new leads were uncovered. No new information came in for a long time. All existing avenues were explored and exhausted. The case is not closed (there is no statute of limitation on murder) but isn’t looked at on a daily basis until new evidence/leads emerge or, new technology makes it possible to test well-preserved evidence for biological materials such as DNA.

Why do these cases need my attention?

Many cold 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 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 database on my blog. You can find more than 210 cold cases there.

Blog features

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. 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. You can find the link in the green top menu bar.

About me

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. When requested, I help other human rights defenders/attorneys. I also work with authors. They use the cases in the database for plot/character development.

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.

Reader interaction

I’d like to encourage you to share your thoughts on your own social media platforms. By doing so you too enhance the victim’s digital footprint. By sharing/liking/retweeting these posts, the case reaches new networks, new connections, and new news feeds. Maybe one day the updates will pop up in the right person’s news feed. Someone who can help. And that is the goal. If you wish to comment or discuss the case with my other readers head over to my blog’s Facebook page.

Gratitude

Thank you to everyone who emails me with information, photography, details to add to posts, pictures of old newspapers, and more. All this helps to make sure the victims are not forgotten. I appreciate you all.

Alice