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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.

“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:

December 29, 2021 — One plea, one partial answer

Dennis Bowman pled no contest in the murder of his adopted daughter Alexis Badger/Aundria Bowman in 1989. Here is the Holland Sentinel story about that. The plea comes as a relief.

The second bit of news concerns an unidentified murder victim from 1994 known to Ottawa Country Sheriff’s Department as Matilda. While the department has not yet disclosed a name, DNA analysis identified the young woman. Twenty-seven years and she will at last be known. Here is a WOOD TV report from Ken Kolker. Once she is given her name again, the sheriff’s department may have more tools to identify her killer. Yeah, I got a little involved in this case with this account.

These are two good elements with which to close out a year.

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December 16, 2021 –Guilty on all counts

Dineane Ducharme has been found guilty of first-degree murder (mandatory life), conspiracy to commit murder, and mutilation of a dead body. Sentencing is February 1.

Now we await the return of Dineane’s mother, Beverly Anne Magliochetti, from her hold in a Roman jail. She has been portrayed as the mastermind of the crime and its prime assailant.

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December 15, 2021 — The case is now with the jury

All the testimony has been elicited, all the exhibits shown, and all the arguments have been made. The evidentiary part of the trial is now concluded. This morning came the closing arguments for the prosecution, the defense, a rebuttal from the prosecution, and lastly, instructions for the jury from the judge. It all comes down to reasonable doubt for defendant Dineane Ducharme. And, if she is found guilty, to which of the three charges (open murder, conspiracy to commit, and mutilation of a body) and, in the case of murder, degree: first or second.

We wait.

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December 8, 2021 — More trial

Today we heard a little from Det. Bob Donker (retired) and then much more from Det. Roger Maltby (retired). We are skipping tomorrow and will resume on Friday at 8:30 with Det. Maltby.

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December 7, 2021 — The trial continues

Two days so far. Opening arguments, testimony from the victim’s daughter, Detective Bob Donker, forensic pathologist Steve Cohle, M.D., then back to Det. Donker. And that’s where we left it to pick up tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.. You may watch by going here and then selecting Judge Janice Cunningham’s courtroom. It is a far cry from being IN the courtroom. The feed is not robust and the audio is problematic, but such is the exigency under Covid. And you have to go back each and every time the feed is interrupted and hit the link again. Tomorrow’s session is to last to about 3 p.m. The trail will then recommence on Friday, again at 8:30. It’s likely to run into next week.

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