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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:

November 30, 2021 — Trial under Covid protocols

Yes, indeed, the trial for Dineane Ducharme will go ahead as scheduled. Jury selection is slated for this Friday and the trial will go ahead with the gallery closed to the public. It may be the jury selection will be shared on facebook live-streaming, but the trial certainly will be. This is the web address for watching all that. (Click on the livestream link for Chief Judge Janice Cunningham.)

I will be interested to see whether the court will show jury selection on Friday. I think there are two competing interests. The first is to make the trial available to the public to ensure openness and transparency. If you were sitting in the courtroom during voir dire (jury selection), you would see and hear the jurors as they responded to questions and challenges.

The second interest is the need to protect jurors from unwanted scrutiny; they must be able to do their job without influence or pressure. It is not permitted for news media to publish images of jurors during jury selection and a trial. According to Administrative Order 1989-01, “(iii) Film or electronic media coverage of the jurors or the jury selection process shall not be permitted.” Sometimes, after a trial, jurors will choose to sit for interviews, but that’s when everything is done.

How to reconcile those two contradictory impulses remains to be seen. Always the question remains: could it in some way be an appealable issue?

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November 29, 2021 — Trial for Dineane Ducharme next week

To the best of my knowledge, the trial for Dineane Ducharme for her part in the murder of her step-father Roberto Caraballo, May 7, 2002, begins next week in Eaton County’s 56th Circuit Court. It’s likely that the trial will be held under Covid protocols…spacing out the jury in the public gallery. That will mean that the proceedings will not be open to the public but, instead, viewable on the court’s facebook page. I’ll try to get that address and confirmation.

There always is the possibility that the prosecution and defense might come to an agreement on a plea and sentencing in this case.

As well, Dineane’s mother, Beverly Anne Magliochetti (aka Beverly McCallum), remains in an Italian jail awaiting extradition for her alleged part in this murder.

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August 16, 2021 — A mistrial

Even before the court session opened today it was clear to the judge, the prosecutor, and the defense that there was a mistrial. The jury had been selected last Friday, and all was in order to move ahead. All the witnesses had been summoned for today, the prosecution and defense were ready to go. But over the weekend, a juror grew uncomfortable with the proximity that would have been required in the jury box…there was no room for social distancing. And with the Covid delta variant on the rise, there was ample reason for consideration. The only other accommodation would have been to position the jurors in the general seating area of the courtroom…where it’s distant and dark. Such distance and resulting reliance on video monitors really would have compromised a fair trial. That’s because so much relies on jury members being able to clearly see the defendant, witnesses, the attorneys, the judge. So, the trial was scrubbed for now. It will be rescheduled for late October or early November. Judge Janice Cunningham said THAT trial will not be postposed and will be set up for social distancing if necessary but with enough time to do it right in order to preserve a fair trial. That also would mean that there would be no access by the media or general public and that the proceedings would be shared live on YouTube to meet the concept of an open court.

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July 27, 2021 — Wherefore art thou?

I have been missing in action. Much has happened. There has been an arrest in the Deannie Peters case. James Frisbie has been arrested and while details are still pretty limited pending court proceedings…they will be coming.

Casey West also has let me know that Dennis Bowman has a trial date set for January of 2022.

And to the point here, Dineane Ducharme will stand trial August 16 in Eaton County’s 56th Circuit Court, Judge Janice K. Cunningham presiding, for her part in the murder of Roberto Caraballo in the Jack in the Box case. As well, to the best of my knowledge Beverly Anne Magliochetti (aka Beverly McCallum) remains in an Italian jail awaiting extradition.

Gotta get my paperwork in. Every time I want to put a camera in a courtroom I need to ask for permission. This is what that looks like.

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March 9, 2021 — A body found

Skeletal remains have been found near Saugatuck. So far, just questions. But this from WOOD TV.

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