According to the economist:

“more than 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved” in the United States.  This startling number does not take into account the number of unsolved homicides predating 1980.”

We tend to believe that homicide is something that effects a demographic other than ourselves.  In reality all of us, at one point or another, have came into contact with a predator that has murdered.  Maybe we were fully aware of these monsters under our beds or maybe we weren’t, but regardless we have made contact with them.  Some of us have lost people we loved to these monsters.  Some of us have had the pleasure of tracking these monsters down and caging them up to make our community more secure.

From a very early age I was keenly interested in human behavior and our motivations in life.  Then came the morbid curiosity:  What type of human takes the life of another human and why?  the answer to this question is always inevitably any type and for any reason.  I’ve seen everything from priests to pagans, parents to children, famous icons to average Joe’s.  These same people are also at risk of becoming victims of homicide.  In essence, there is no one that is immune to suspicion or victimization.

Every single murder case didn’t just occur because one day someone woke up and decided to kill.  It takes a set of circumstances to make someone a murderer.  As with the assembling of a bomb, the murderer’s psychopathy is achieved over time and is built according to their unique life experiences and genetic predisposition.  But one day something lights the match to the wick of that bomb and they finally explode.  What that trigger is cannot be determined often times until it is too late.

In order to solve cold cases we must not only put ourselves in the shoes of the victims, who are always to be remembered with honor, but we must also attempt to profile the murderer.  Perhaps there are ways to predict if someone has the predisposition to murder and in that revelation maybe we can prevent more murders that eventually turn to cold cases.

Then we have our missing persons and Jane/John Does.

The numbers have steadily been decreasing with more missing person cases being solved than ever as well as cases of the unidentified.  One can clearly see on the FBI NCIC missing and unidentified persons statistic page these encouraging numbers.

Year Missing Person Entries Unidentified Person Entries

2005

834,536

1,383

2006

836,131

1,413

2007

814,967

1,788

2008

778,164

1,133

2009

719,558

1,040

2010

692,944

1,033

2011

678,860

1,030

2012

661,593

932

2013

627,911

866

Source:  NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports.

However, it confounds me just how many children and adults are missing whether recent or cold cases.  The unidentified persons are a particular passion of mine as I often work on finding their identity.  Many times I cross reference missing persons case information with the unidentified persons index to see if there is a match.  Many times I have success and others no dice, but I never lose faith because I know there is always still a case waiting to be solved and maybe, just maybe, I can help solve it.

This site will serve as both an outlet and place for me to exercise advocacy in helping to solve cold cases of murdered, missing, and unidentified persons.  If you have any specific cases you would like to submit for me to write about or even leads for certain cases contact me here.  Advocacy involves all of us.  It is a group effort.  I will outline the processes and sources I use to work on these cases so that you too can learn how to advocate for cold cases.  The more we come together as a community the more these monsters lose.  Let’s smoke the monsters out.

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