Kindly note that I am updating and reorganizing the entire cold case database to create better search options for you. Everything will still be listed by the victim’s last name.
The index is done. It gives you a brief case overview.
I am now working on the case summaries. That will be a slow process as I have to check for updates in those cases, then adjust the text, and update the database.
Both sets will have three parts: A-G, H-N, and O-Z. If you hover over the cold case database tab in the menu bar, the drop down menu with the index and summaries becomes visible.
Thank you for your patience!
In this cold case database you can find all cases discussed on my website. Victims and wrongfully convicted people are listed by their last name. Underneath their names is the place/state/country and year that the crime took place. The link in the middle column takes you to all the posts where this case is mentioned. In the third column is a short summary and status update of the case. It also tells you when I last checked for updates. There are over 350 cases in my database.
The reason why you also find the wrongfully convicted in my database is simple: when the exonerated is taken out of the equation we are left with a cold case. Unless we have
- previously disregarded evidence (because we thought we already had our conviction) or,
- properly preserved old evidence that may contain biological material that can now be tested with modern technology or,
- a confession from someone new or another person’s DNA match in CODIS (as a result of testing with modern technology), we have a cold case.
Many wrongful convictions were based on false confessions. Readers often ask, can you really get someone to confess to a crime that they did not commit? Under the right circumstances, yes.
There are three psychologically different types of false confessions.
- Voluntary False Confessions: someone confesses falsely without any pressure from police
- Coerced-Compliant False Confessions: someone confesses falsely due to coercive pressure during interrogations. The retraction of that false confessions starts immediately after the pressure is over.
- Coerced-Internalized False Confessions: during police interrogations someone starts to believe that they did commit the crime even though they have no memory of the crime itself. The retraction of that false confession only comes after someone is internally convinced again that they are innocent. This is a process that may take years.
Cold Case Database
The database is updated with every new post on my website. However, not every case is updated in a new post but I do always update the database so always check there first.
Every month, I feature a “Case of the Month.” This can be a post about an unsolved homicide, a missing person, an unidentified person, a wrongful conviction, or forensics. You can find the link in the menu bar.
If you have any updates in any of these cases please contact me. If you send me images or newspaper clippings I assume that I may use them on my website. If that was not your intention, please say so in your email. I respect your decision.
Thank you very much for using my website as a resource for information. It is free to the public. The only thing that I ask is that if you use my work, refer to it with a link back. I do the same for you.
Alice de Sturler