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:

March 19, 2019 — Wilda Wilkinson’s killer is at last arrested.

The media are sharing the good nest that the alleged killer of Wilda Wilkerson has at last been found. I last wrote about the case here. Boy, that was a long time ago.

Michael Leon Curry, 51, has been arrested for Wilkinson’s 1986 murder in her Bangor home. Curry was a near neighbor and had been on the radar. In 1989 he pled to the attempted murder of his roommate and only was released in 2017. Since then he moved to California, which was where Michigan State Police went to pick him up and bring him back to face this charge.

Here is the Channel 8 account of the story.

And the Detroit free Press account.

There will be more to this. If Detective Sergeant Diane Oppenheim is still on the job, I’d love to talk with her.

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November 17, 2018 — A Conquerors’ Thanksgiving

Today was the Thanksgiving celebration with Conquerors Support Group, the no0n-profit organization for families of murder victims. The gathering this afternoon was at the Sherman Street Christian Church. It was  grand meeting and meal, and part of the news was that after 11 years, executive director and founder Carolyn Priester (whose one son, Lee Randolph Priester was murdered in July 28, 2007) will be folding her organization into a new one, mostly on-line to help families of murder victims throughout the land. Lord, there is plenty of need. It was an honor to be there, to share where the members and supporters the importance of keeping the stories of their loved ones in the public space, especially those stories where the murderers are unknown.

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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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