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calling a cold case squad
October 26, 2009
7:47 am
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sixtiesrock
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I have asked this previously but I'm trying again.

Has this case ever been reviewed by a cold case squad?

If not what is the procedure for getting a cold case squad involved?

This case is crying out for fresh eyes.

October 26, 2009
9:04 pm
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Gary
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I can't tell you if a cold case squad worked this or not but there was some effort on the part of one person I know to see if that couldn't be done. Like so many things I heard no more about it so I would guess that if there was anything done there was no publicity or results.

October 28, 2009
8:05 am
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sixtiesrock
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I get the impression this case is in the 'too hard' basket.
Instead of giving up why don't LE invite people like the Gary & Josh look at what they have.
What harm can it do after all these years?
Surely LE know these two guys know how to keep a confidence.

October 28, 2009
10:05 am
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Gary
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It seems as though the information Josh and I have would be of benefit to LE unless they already know who it is and any information we would give them would be a duplication and they don't need it.

I understand it is an active case but there must be something that could strike a chord that sits in a cardboard box in MCPD or in our electronic and paper files being stored in a safe location.

November 8, 2009
12:00 am
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vinny
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Remember the Green River Killer was interviewed several times prior to them arresting him because he was mad at the newspapers for not giving him credit for something. It would help us to know who they consider their strongest suspect, chances are they have interviewed him or her already who did this and have the information buried under paperwork.

A cold case squad would help, I think I saw a team of retired cold case police officers who go around the country and review cases if requested listed on the Internet. In judging MCPD I doubt they would request it, but her family could.

November 13, 2009
4:39 am
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sixtiesrock
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You are right about the green river killer vinny.

I wonder if the MCPD interviewed Jodi's killer, without knowing it?

I don't know if they family can request a cold case squad. One would tend to think the family would have some rights.

November 21, 2009
3:14 pm
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shortstop
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You may be referring to the VIDOQ (sp ?) Society. They are a global cold case squad based in, I think, Virginia. They do have a website. I just read a book where they took a cold case in Lubbock, Texas and were instrumental in prodding detectives down viable tangents. The case was solved, though the body of the victim was never recovered. Mason City LE need only to contact them and present the knowns. Vidoq would then accept/decline. Actually, it was the father of the victim in the Lubbock case that did the initial contact. He had worked along with the detectives on the case and knew all the facts, except, of course, who the perpetrator was.

November 22, 2009
11:22 pm
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vinny
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Thank you Shortstop, I knew I read about them somewhere. Any chances maybe Josh or Gary can advise the family about looking into them reviewing the case. It may be the break this case needs. It needs clear, new thinking. The best chance maybe from an outsider looking in.

July 27, 2010
11:31 pm
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sixtiesrock
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I thought this was worth a bump.

I cannot understand the reasoning in having a fifteen year old case classified as active.

How long will this case be active?

20 years?
40 years?
75 years?
100 years?

IMHO the handling of this case defies logic. Unless having the case classified as active prevents any outsider getting access to the investigation files.

July 28, 2010
5:46 am
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Brad
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As for "active" status, MCPD will never give that up. If they did, the PR and OR (offender relations) nightmares would be enormous. If they had the resources I am sure they could comb the files for anything that might, for example, tip off the likely offender to their sources or what they know about him (or her????), and release the rest. The tragedy of bureaucracy is often that highly qualified people are really only able to do half the job, whatever the job.

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