Tag: cold case
With the national homicide-clearance rate below 60 percent, the odds are good that eventually a detective—even an excellent one—will run into a dead end: The case that goes cold, that leaves a family grieving without justice and a detective grasping for answers, even after retirement.
Gary Leon Ridgway, who raped and murdered more than 49 women, was obsessed with deviant sex and visiting prostitutes. This, combined with his aggression and violence, were significant driving forces behind his murderous actions, says Mary Ellen O'Toole, a retired FBI senior profiler who interviewed Ridgway.
Move over fingerprints—an exciting new field of forensics has emerged: DNA phenotyping, where investigators interpret DNA left behind at a crime scene to make predictions about what the perpetrator might look like. We spoke with Ellen Greytak, a bioinformatics expert, to learn more about the use and limitations of this new science.
Tricia Griffith, who runs the web forum Websleuths, talks to A&E Real Crime about her close encounter with Ted Bundy, how the online community dug into the Casey Anthony case and why she believes police should let amateur sleuths help in investigations.
Rebecca Morris, a New York Times bestselling author and high-school classmate of murder victim Dick Kitchel, returns to her hometown of Corvallis, Oregon to explore how the cold case murder changed the town and the lives of Kitchel's friends.