Cold Case Homicide Reviews

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    This chapter provides an account of how the police seek to solve long term undetected homicides, shining a light on the opportunities and challenges faced by cold case review teams. The rationale for conducting cold case reviews is considered and a brief depiction of how they are conducted in the UK is illustrated. What becomes clear is that it is predominantly advances in forensic science techniques and technologies that are most relied upon in cold case reviews, both in the UK and internationally, along with information from the public and witness testimony. The challenges these opportunities present are also considered highlighting the difficulties investigators are faced with when investigating long term unsolved homicides.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Homicide
    EditorsFiona Brookman, Mike Maguire, Ed McGuire
    PublisherWillan Publishing
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118924501
    ISBN (Print)9781118924471
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


    • Cold case reviews
    • unsolved homicides
    • forensic science
    • witness testimony
    • sexual violence
    • Operation Stealth
    • the media
    • the National DNA Database
    • NDNAD
    • Combined DNA Index System
    • CODIS
    • DNA


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