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This website is intended to deal with murder, brutality, corruption and hatred—all falling under what we call acts of injustice.  We tell the stories of open and unsolved homicides–what are called “cold” cases.  We also memorialize those whose lives have been taken from them in hope that somebody will come forward to tell the truth. So far our efforts center on Michigan.

David B. Schock, Ph.D.

David B. Schock, Ph.D.

“Somebody knows somethin’.  Somebody ALWAYS knows somethin’.”

That’s the way Jim Fairbanks put it when we made our first film, Who Killed Janet Chandler?  Detective Fairbanks (retired) was the lead investigator on the law enforcement team in 1979.  What he had to say then still applies today.  For nearly every unsolved homicide there is somebody out there who could solve it if she or he would come forward and make a contact.

To call an unsolved homicide a “cold” case is chilling in its own right.  Yes, these unsolved cases grow “cold” because there are no new leads; they more or less drop off the social and cultural radar.  But they are NEVER “cold” to the family members and friends, they are never forgotten or out of mind.  And there is always the hope that justice, however delayed, will be served.

We invite you to visit the We Remember part of this site, a place where families and friends of those whose murders remain unsolved contact us and can help to post details of the victims’ lives and the resultant investigations.

We also invite your view of what we are calling a Primary Documentary Investigation as we tell the story of the murder of Mina Dekker.

Our hope in all the cases we chronicle is that somebody who knows something will say something.

 

From David — A Weblog of investigation:

April 19, 2017 — Need to closed caption Heritage Hill Bride

WGVU-TV, Public Broadcasting for this west side of the state, has accepted Heritage Hill Bride: The Murder of Shelley Speet Mills for carriage. But in order to run on the station, the film must be closed captioned. That’s going to cost about $2K that I just don’t have now. So, with many misgivings I have started a Kickstarter fund-raising account. It is here. If you want to help make this happen I will be very grateful.

As well, we have made efforts to get this film into the Michigan Prison system and not had much luck. And, no, the prisons would not have to buy the films; I will provide them if they will show the piece. I can think of no better place to find people who may know about this 46-year-old homicide. If you have ideas please let me know. Prayers are always welcome.

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March 14, 2017 — Laurie Ann Swank was paroled last fall

I read with interest a story by John Agar of mlive chronicling the drug dealing and prison sentence of Michael Paiva, the son of Arthur Carlton “Carl” Paiva, the ringleader in the murderous crew who left Janet Chandler dead in a snowbank, Jan. 31, 1979. Paiva senior died several years ago in prison. He was there for life after a 2007 trial that saw five others also sentenced for the crime. Four–including Paiva–for life. The other two for lesser terms.

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It was sad to see that story and it served as a reminder that there are many victims when a murder is committed. I wrote to John noting one mistake in his story. He reported that all six who went to prison were Wackenhut guards in town at the time to protect a “struck” plant. Wasn’t so, I reminded him. There was Janet’s roommate, purported best friend (at the time) and supervisor at the Blue Mill Inn–Laurie Ann Swank. He agreed that he knew that. It’s a small mistake. I make some along the way, too.

Then I went to check the Offender Traking and Information System, OTIS, and discovered that Laurie Ann had been paroled Sept. 20, 2016. And she was paroled to her home state of Pennsylvania.

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February 10, 2017 — The court’s rationale in denying the Jones brothers’ appeals

And here are the words that accompany the denial of appeals for Matthew Jones and Paul Jones for the 1989 murder of Shannon Marie Siders in Newaygo County. The brothers have the right to appeal those decisions to the Michigan Supreme Court. The high court is likely to deny certiorari (a hearing), at least that’s been its usual method of dealing with these cases.

We were in court in early December for the appeals hearing, which you can see here in its entirety.

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February 9, 2017 — Jones brothers appeal come to naught

We’ve learned that the appeals by Matt and Paul Jones of their guilty verdicts for the 1989 murder of Shanon Marie Siders have been denied.

More later.

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February 4, 2017 — A new report of the Melissa Simmons case. Jeffrey Willis?

Interesting that a Battle Creek television station would dig into a Scottville murder, and link it to alleged killer Jeffrey Willis. But it is what it is: Murder Mystery by Cody Combs.

 

 

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