Tag: Cold Case Files
On November 15, 1990, a 2-year-old boy, Billy Blankenship, was reported to have fallen down the stairs in his babysitter's care in Concordia, Missouri. The sitter, Tawny Sue Gunter, claimed she had put the boy in her basement as she prepared lunch upstairs. The boy suffered a skull fracture and later died. But that wasn't the end of the story.
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.
Tommy Ray, a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, came up with an idea that would revolutionize cold-case homicide investigations: making a game out of it. Now prison inmates around the country use playing cards with photos of cold-case victims on them.
The year 2017 was an explosive one on the crime-news front. But for the families of some long-ago crime victims, the past 12 months were especially memorable since their loved ones’ cases—some unsolved for decades—took dramatic new steps toward being solved