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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:

December 1, 2016 — We have been granted permission to film the appeals hearing

And so that’s where I’ll be Tuesday morning, in the Grand Rapids Court of Appeals courtroom, listening to the lawyers for Paul and Matthew Jones making their case for overturning the brothers’ convictions for the 1989 murder of Shannon Marie Siders. This is not a rehearing of evidence; it is matter of determining if the prosecutions and convictions were all in accordance with the proper operations of the lower court. The Court of Appeals will hear but likely not announce a decision until some weeks or months from now. If the Jones brothers are denied on their appeals, they may appeal that decision to the Michigan Supreme Count. Most often that high court has denied certiorari…that is, has declined to take up the case. And that will be an end of it.

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November 19, 2016 – A feast with the Conquerors

I look forward every year to the Conquerors’ Support Group Thanksgiving Dinner at Oakdale Park Church in Grand Rapids. The group exists to help the families of murder victims. There is even a burial fund to meet immediate needs and there is counseling offered. The organization is staffed by volunteers who do everything in their power to help. And some of them have been in the same position of having a loved one murdered. The group was founded by my friend Carolyn Priester after the shooting death of her 34-year-old son, Lee Randolph Priester, July 28, 2007. His killer remains at large.

And even though terrible things have happened to loved ones of those who use Conqueror’s’ services, it is not a dour group. There are sometimes tears, to be sure, but there is laughter and joy, too. And young children.

Today I was asked to say a few words, and I stumbled through some thoughts about the problem of evil and the certainty of God’s love. At my request I was helped with some of the theology of those sharing the meal (help is there when needed). I am grateful. Sometimes my thoughts stick and I need a good shove to see something pretty obvious. Ah, well.

Certainly this group is worthy of support. People tend to shy away; after all no one wants to qualify for the membership criterion. But that possible discomfort makes it all the more important to pay attention. It’s all spiritual. And we can grow into the people we are called to be when we engage in the struggle. I suggest that some of you would benefit from the Conquerors’ Support Group.

They don’t ask anyone else to take on the pain that the families carry, merely to walk beside them.

And next year…if I can get myself in gear to let you know about it well enough in advance, you are invited to Thanksgiving with them. The dinner also serves as a fund-raising event, but the fellowship is so worth anything you’d care to give.

 

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November 10, 2016 — Jones brothers granted appeals

Brothers Matthew Wayne Jones and Paul Michael Jones, convicted last year for the 1989 murder of Shannon Marie Siders, have been granted appeals hearings Dec. 6 in Grand Rapids.

Here is the court history for the Matthew Jones matter, docket number 328901. And this for Paul Jones, docket number 328816.

The case call is at 10 a.m., Tuesday December 6, in the Grand Rapids Courtroom of the State Office Building, 350 Ottawa, N.W. The panel of judges (panel 7) is made up of Presiding Judge Kurtis T. Wilder and judges William B. Murphy and Colleen A O’Brien. The Jones brothers are first on the list.

 

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October 19, 2016 — Leads and “Who Killed Janet Chandler?” at Vimeo at last

Yes, there have been leads in the Shelley Speet Mills case. All of them turned over immediately to the Grand Rapids Police Department. And, yes, they are being worked. Most leads, we know, come to nothing or very little, but you can never make at an a priori assumption. Only ex post facto can you know, and even then in the cases where a lead has little to offer, it may carry something of significance, even a new way of looking at a case.

As well, after some nudging, I have uploaded Who Killed Janet Chandler? on Vimeo. You can watch the preview and order from here. This is for individual sales only. If you need it for a library or a classroom, please contact me for an institutional copy: schock@charter.net or david.schock@delayedjustice.com.

Here’s the trailer:

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September 21, 2016 — Yes, the film is now available on line.

Here’s how you can buy either the film for high-definition download or the standard-definition DVD.

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