Remember Tatman and Burchfield

The weekend of November 25 and 26, 2017 mark the 50th and 64th anniversaries of two police officers featured on this blog: Robert Lawrence Tatman and Richard Stanley Burchfield. Both Tatman and Burchfield were killed in the line of duty. Both were shot. Both were young husbands. Both were young fathers. Robert Lawrence Tatman Champaign […]

We are not there yet, not all of us!

We are not there yet, not all of us! We have seen some real progress lately in unsolved homicides. Some of our missing have been found, trials in decade old cold cases are ongoing, and forensic science is facilitating the progress that law enforcement is making in solving cold cases. The more we read about this […]

National Police Week 2011: Tribute to Tatman

Champaign, Illinois: On November 25, 1967, police found patrol officer Tatman lying on his back in front of his own squad car, the motor still running, it’s revolving lights still on, and the front door at the driver’s side open. His flashlight was lying on his left side. His hat was on the ground near the […]

Killed in the line of duty

Tribute to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty: President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday for a grateful nation to law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while safeguarding their communities. Americans “rely on a certain order in our lives, a certain sense of security that lets us sleep safely in our […]

The Cold Case of Robert Lawrence Tatman

On November 25, 1967, police found Robert Lawrence Tatman lying on his back in front of his own squad car, motor running, revolving lights still on, and the front door at the driver’s side open, near Interstate 57.  His flashlight was lying on his left side. His hat was on the ground near the curb. He […]