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:

February 10, 2017 — The court’s rationale in denying the Jones brothers’ appeals

And here are the words that accompany the denial of appeals for Matthew Jones and Paul Jones for the 1989 murder of Shannon Marie Siders in Newaygo County. The brothers have the right to appeal those decisions to the Michigan Supreme Court. The high court is likely to deny certiorari (a hearing), at least that’s been its usual method of dealing with these cases.

We were in court in early December for the appeals hearing, which you can see here in its entirety.

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February 9, 2017 — Jones brothers appeal come to naught

We’ve learned that the appeals by Matt and Paul Jones of their guilty verdicts for the 1989 murder of Shanon Marie Siders have been denied.

More later.

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February 4, 2017 — A new report of the Melissa Simmons case. Jeffrey Willis?

Interesting that a Battle Creek television station would dig into a Scottville murder, and link it to alleged killer Jeffrey Willis. But it is what it is: Murder Mystery by Cody Combs.



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February 1, 2017 — Updates in the Deborah Polinsky murder investigation

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department had released the full update in the investigation into the 1977 murder of Deborah Lynn Polinsky. We are running it here and we’ve update the We Remember file on the case.


Media Release

Deb Polinsky Cold Case Homicide Investigation

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office #77-00010018


Date of Incident: Last seen 07/23/1977 at 9:00 p.m. Body Found 07/26/1977

Location: 15123 New Holland St. Holland, MI 49424- Port Sheldon Township

Victim: Deborah Lynn Polinsky, also known as “Deb”

White female D.O.B. 02/16/1957 (20 years old at time of death)

Summary: Ms. Polinsky was found in her two-story, rented farmhouse located on New Holland Street near 152nd Avenue. Her body was discovered by a co-worker after Deb failed to show up for work on Monday, 07/25/1977. Deb worked second shift at Depree Chemical Company. Ms. Polinsky was stabbed to death. There is no known motive for her death.

Ms. Polinsky was known to frequent the Holland and Saugatuck areas and had attended Holland Public Schools. She was often seen in her red, VW Beetle and in the company of her German shepherd, “Thor”.

Update: The Ottawa County Cold Case Team has been actively investigating the Polinsky homicide for the past eighteen months. The team has interviewed over 180 person since taking on the case. With that detectives have sent 40 DNA samples to the lab for comparison and over 600 latent prints have been analyzed.   Advances in technology have allowed investigators to gain valuable insight into this crime. As a result of some of those advances the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a female that they believe was at the scene at the time of the incident.

Contact: Anonymous tips to 1-877-88 Silent (745368) or mosotips.com or contact: (616) 738-4022

Authority: Captain Mark Bennett

Deborah Lynn Polinsky at age 20







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January 13, 2017 — Deb Polinsky case update

Two young detectives–Jake Sparks and Jeremy Baum–have taken up the work of the Cold Case Team in the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. I had the pleasure to meet both of them last month when I went to speak with retiring Sheriff Gary Rosema about his career and memorable cases, especially those still open. Sheriff Rosema indicated that the department was getting closer to solutions of the 1970 Deborah Polinsky murder.

I called Detective Baum a little later and asked for an update on that case in particular and he responded with this e-mail:

Jake and I have interviewed approximately 170 people in 14 months. We have cleared 20+ people through DNA comparisons. There are several theories in this case which include; drug deal gone bad, family member, serial killer, motorcycle gang, jealous love, etc.… We definitely have not narrowed it down yet. We continue to try to clear people and get the clear motive which we believe will greatly reduce the time to solve the case. We do have DNA evidence in this case but are not releasing what it is at this time.

He said that the they were preparing an update to let people in the community know what was happening. We can look for that in the next few weeks.

Of course, if anybody has information about the case here are names, numbers, addresses: Detective Jake Sparks/jsparks@miottawa.org/616.994.4710; or Detective Jeremy Baum/jbaum@miottawa.org/616.738.4018.

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