Are you a police officer? A private investigator? An investigative journalist?

No. I am a Dutch non-practicing lawyer/human rights defender blogging about unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. When requested, I help other human rights defenders/attorneys/authorities. I also work with authors. They use the cases in my database for plot/character development.

I am a member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

I love your work. Can I quote it, copy it, use it?

Fair use is encouraged. If you use my work please mention that you found the information on my blog. Use as credit: Defrosting Cold Cases and add the link https://defrostingcoldcases.com/
Use as author: Alice de Sturler and add the link https://defrostingcoldcases.com/about-my-blog/

I do the same for you. As you can see at the bottom of the page, all rights are reserved. Remember that if you use my photographs to include the credits as well. We regularly check the web using Copyscape and we will call you out on ‘unfair’ use. 

How do I comment on posts?

I encourage my readers to share their thoughts on their own social media platforms. By discussing a cold case on your accounts with your network, you enhance the victim’s digital footprint. If we all keep that up maybe one day a case update pops up in news feeds from people who can help. And that is the goal. You can comment or discuss a case with my other readers on my blog’s Facebook page.

If I send you a message on the Contact Page, does it get posted on your blog?

No, messages sent via the contact page land in my email inbox and are for my eyes only. 

Can anyone guest blog on your blog?

No. My guest bloggers are people I know, professionals, victim family members or friends who have communicated extensively with me or, fellow cold case writers. Note that I do not publish repeated content. Be unique!

Do you respect my privacy?

YES. No email address is ever shared unless you ask me to do so.

Why is there a picture of a military fort on your blog?

This picture featured in the header of my blog’s previous themes so for continuation, I now use it in the mission statement. Dinaburg Fort is located in Latvia, Europe. It is the biggest fort in the Baltic States. I chose this photograph as my header because it represents how I feel about unsolved homicides.

Dina Fort, Latvia

Dina Fort, Latvia

The arches are a familiar feature in old prisons. In this photograph, you see green moss everywhere. To me that indicates the cold, moist areas where unsolved homicide files are stored in a dismal state with little done to properly preserve the evidence. The arch opens into another area that holds the same dreadful features but one thing is different: the other area has two windows. These windows are like eyes and they let me look into a different direction.

Passing the arch symbolises that the cold cases that were stored there for decades are now taken up by different people but still without results. However, there is hope that one day we just might find that piece of information that allows us to see the case with “new eyes” as represented by the two small windows.

A cold case is a puzzle. However, if after decades the puzzle pieces still do not fit together then maybe it is time to think outside the box. Maybe the bits of information that formed a single puzzle piece were never meant to be placed together. Maybe we started the puzzle with the wrong pieces. And that is what this blog does. I look at the puzzle again and try to find whether there were alternative explanations for the facts in hopes to regroup the puzzle pieces to get a clearer picture.

Do you review books?

Yes, but I only review true crime, crime fiction, and historical fiction/mysteries. Book reviews are posted here on my blog only. I do share my posts on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you want me to review your book, contact me.

Who is your webmaster?

Jacques Soudan is responsible for all the tech things related to my blog.