Cold Cases

Cold Cases: Evaluation Models with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators, 2nd edition

Because the investigation of cold cases is usually an arduous and time-consuming task, most law enforcement agencies in the United States are not able to dedicate the resources necessary to support the cold case investigation process. However, when those cases are fully pursued and prosecuted, they often result in convictions and lengthy prison terms.

Cold Cases: Evaluation Models with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators, 2nd Edition saves law enforcement time by providing detailed guidelines for determining if a cold case is solvable, and if so, how to organize, manage, and evaluate the investigation. It also provides techniques for developing investigative strategies to complement the evaluation process and resolve the crime.

This second edition features a new revised model and methodology for investigating cold cases suitable for all police and public safety agencies―large or small, domestic or international. This new model is more expeditious and convenient for departments that have less manpower and experience in dealing with cold cases. It emphasizes the prioritization of cold cases based on the availability of physical evidence and the chances of deriving matches from said evidence and an identified person of interest.


  • How cases go cold
  • Strategies for creating a cold case unit
  • Cold case investigations in a Dutch educational environment―a chapter written by members of the Dutch Police Academy
  • New forensic science technologies, including DNA, CODIS, and AFIS
  • Case studies demonstrating advances in suspectology
  • Strategies for effective investigative interviewing
  • Challenges posed by staged crime scenes in cold cases
  • How to craft a cold case evaluation report

The expert authors of this book maintain The Center for the Resolution of Unresolved Crimes and conduct training and consulting worldwide. Their practical book is designed to help law enforcement agencies resurrect long-forgotten cases, bringing closure to victims and holding accountable those who are responsible.


This book is a goldmine of information for cold case homicide investigators. The authors provide several different frameworks under which cold case homicide investigations may be prioritized and organized. The authors, who are not only academics but experienced and well qualified practitioners, provide great insights, based on their personal experiences and research into the cold case homicide investigation process that any police investigator tasked with investigating such homicides will find invaluable. I highly recommend this book. Homicides go cold for a reason. Sometimes it is because mistakes were made during the initial investigation. Studying this book will prevent you from making mistakes during the second look at the case and if the principles described are applied, especially the process of suspectology which is as applicable to “hot” cases as it is to cold, you may very well identify the suspect and solve the case.

PAGES: 337
ISBN: 978-1482221442