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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:

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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August 16, 2017 — PBS will be rebroadcasting “Heritage Hill Bride”

The film will be carried again on WGVU-TV at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26.

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July 28, 2017 — A Conquerors’ picnic. You are welcome.

Every year at this time the Conqueror’s Support Group holds its picnic at the Mackay-Jaycees Park pavilion in Grand Rapids. The location is just west from Kalamazoo Avenue, north of 28th Street. All are welcome, but especially those who have had a loved one (or loved ones) murdered. The picnic runs from 3-7 p.m. I plan to be there, somewhat late…but there.

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July 5, 2017 — Heritage Hill Bride to air on PBS July 19…VERY early

Yep, that’s pretty much it. Heritage Hill Bride: The Murder of Shelley Speet Mills will air at 3 a.m. July 19th. 3 a.m.!!!! Yikes! It’s all closed captioned thanks to the contributions of those who generously gave to a Kickstarter campaign. Thank you, thank you.

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June 9, 2017 — “Cold Case Files” = The Dog’s Breakfast

Wow, that was underwhelming and badly done. The piece, “Circle of Friends”, is at best a badly distorted rendition.

I’m still thinking my way through telling a part of that story.

 

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