Unsolved murders and mysterious disappearances
don't just upset our sense of justice and safety in society—they also wreak acute emotional pain and suffering on the victims' families. However, with the latest developments in forensic technologies, more cold cases are finally being solved, and psychopaths who commit heinous crimes have an ever-increasing chance of being caught.
Murders and other violent crimes often leave an indelible mark on society. The 18th-century murder of "Beautiful Cigar Girl" Mary Rogers helped the then newly emerging tabloid papers become a fixture in the United States. The federal aviation administration
was spurred into requiring electronic screening of passengers and carry-on luggage by a series of highly-publicized hijackings. Abductions of youth gave birth to Amber Alerts and advertising missing children on milk cartons. And popular TV shows like Law and Order
, and Cold Case
document our fascination with police investigations, heinous criminals, and the complicated aftermath of their actions. This book examines 40 well-known cases of unsolved murders and suspected abductions over a period of over 160 years. Cases are organized chronologically to give readers insight into the evolution of criminal investigation techniques and forensics in the last century and a half. Later chapters detail how modern forensics were used in attempts to solve old cold cases or helped generate new leads.
About the Author
is an award-winning Canadian journalist with a Masters degree in criminology from the Universite de Montreal. She is the author of The mad trapper
and Gang Wars, and lives in Canada's Northwest Territories.