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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:

August 18, 2018 — Located and interviewed

This from the website to assist in the hunt for the killer(s) of Deb Polinsky:

Thank you everyone who has contacted me and sought out Bev Schipper. She has been located and an interview has been completed. She is not and never has been a suspect in this case.

I also want to thank those who have contacted us recently due to the release from the Holland Sentinel. We continue to make progress and are moving forward. Thanks again, Cold Case.

Traction is good. On to the next part.




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August 14, 2018 — Bev Schippers, where are you?

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Baum continues to look for someone by name in connection with the July 26, 1977 murder of Deb Polinsky. Baum has been seeking Bev Schippers since December of last year. In Holland Sentinel article posted yesterday at the paper’s website (and printed today) reporter lays out the latest efforts to find Schippers in hopes that will lead to Polinsky’s murderer. Baum also seeks party-goers … “people that attended the Hoffman (Ken) parties on 152nd just through the woods from Deb’s. There were a couple parties the weekend Deb was murdered.”

Of course, anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Baum at jbaum@miottawa.org.



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June 18, 2018 — Jessica Phelps’ killer still eludes investigators

Today I received an email from Angie Spade, Jessica Phelps’ cousin and the keeper of her public memory. The 21st anniversary of her abduction and murder is coming up July 1, and this reminder is well warranted.

The We Remember page includes this:

On July 1, 1997, Jessica Phelps wandered out of her home in Flint, Genesee County, MI.  Her body was found in an Atlas Township culvert on  April 2, 1998.

Here are some accounts from last year’s 20th anniversary:

Cousin hopes Facebook can help solve 1997 killing of 4-year-old Jessica Phelps

A WNEM news story

And here is the Justice for Jessica Phelps Facebook page.

Somebody knows what happened to Jessica. Now, how do you reach that person?

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May 11, 2018 — Is Arthur Ream the one?

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April 3, 2018 — NamUs legislation the key to solving “missing” and “unidentified” cases?

One central database? Would that speed the search for and identification of missing children. That’s the case Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Sarah Krebs of the Michigan State Police is making in her attempt to have the Michigan legislature move a bill that would require state agencies to work through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). This is from an mlive story by Brad Devereaux:

But the public only hears about a fraction of them. 

Besides cases of an endangered person, which can trigger alerts to cell phones, missing person cases are made public only after an official missing report is filed and police submit case details to a public database, or otherwise publicize the case. 

That means while some missing people are featured on posters, displayed online and shared on social media, others are shelved in a folder at a local police department. 

If police departments were required to submit missing person cases to the U.S. Department of Justice’s public NamUs database, it could help them solve more of them, said Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Sarah Krebs of the MSP Missing Persons Coordination Unit. 

A bill making its way through the Michigan Legislature would do just that.

Legislation that passed the House 109-0 on March 1 would require police agencies to require reporting of certain missing cases to the federal database, including all missing children, immediately after they are reported missing.

It would also require details about unidentified bodies to be submitted to the database. 

“We need a more centralized database that the public can access,” Krebs said. “If NamUs was state mandated for all law enforcement, this database would be incredible.”

You can read the entire story here.

And you can visit the NamUs site here. If you have time, take a look at this little video.

Frankly, NamUs is what part of Delayed Justice wanted to be IF it grew up…only it’s better, has far greater reach, and is funded. So far it sounds like a better than good idea. Are there drawbacks? Does it mean just one more thank for law enforcement to tend to? Let’s hear from those who might be involved. Most officers of the law already do their best to reach out for leads. Most investigators I know already make use of NamUs. Is there a downside? If not, let’s go.


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