Home — Murder, “cold” cases, and mayhem

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:

October 10 — A new outreach for Matilda

Ottawa County Detective Steve McCarthy, CFEI, CFI, has sent out a new flyer to remind area law enforcement, news media, and the general public about the unidentified victim known as “Matilda.”

 

 

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October 8, 2017 — Arrests in the Erik Cross murder

This news was so welcome: arrests of those who police and prosecutors believe are responsible for the murder of Erik Cross. This report by WWMT lays it out. There is a long way to go still on this case, but this likely represents a beginning of the conclusion of this story and a chance to justice for this 16-year-old.

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October 5, 2017 — A new short film about Matilda

I’ll write more later. For now, this:

 

Matilda from David Schock on Vimeo.

At this point this video can be embedded ANYWHERE. That’s a change for me. Let’s see what happens.

As well, I wonder if there might be a church in Coopersville or Marne that would take on weekly prayer for Matilda, to have her named in each service? I believe in the power of prayer. I do. And miracles.

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September 30, 2017 — Justice for Crystal and Robert Rainey

Thanks to a reader I here is news on some recent justice: the killers of young Crystal and Robert Rainey–their mother and her boyfriend–have been found guilty of their murder. Krysta McFadden and Clint Dunning were found guilty by juries of two counts each of first-degree murder in the Nov. 29, 1992 deaths. You can read about it in mlive in this story by Emily Monacelli.

Keith Robinson, Van Buren County chief assistant prosecuting attorney and the prosecutor on the case, noted that the work of Michigan State Police Det. Kyle Gotham was instrumental in solving the case. Gotham had worked the case since 2011.

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September 19, 2017 — Further information on “Matilda”

Met this morning with Detective Steve McCarthy, CFEI. CFI, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. The topic at hand was further information on the murder of an unidentified woman known in the department as “Matilda.” She was found between Marne and Coopersville.

It strikes me as amazing that our brains recognize faces in the most unusual places and configurations. Here is a look as what rabbit hunters saw tucked underneath brush and small logs:

Detective McCarthy says that if he is able to identify this woman it will go a long way to helping to solve the case. He’s looking through missing person reports from around the area and thinks that maybe she came from Detroit or Chicago. She was somebody’s caught, maybe somebody’s sister, and maybe somebody’s mother. She was somebody.

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