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Based on the iconic, Emmy-nominated series on A&E, "Cold Case Files" explores some of the most difficult-to-solve murders, which stymied investigators and went cold, sometimes for decades. In fact, one-third of all murders in America remain open. But thanks to dogged investigators and breakthroughs in forensic technology, these cases become part of the rare 1% of cold cases that are ever solved. Hosted by Brooke Gittings ("Convicted" and "Actual Innocence") and featuring the voice of original Cold Case Files host, Bill Kurtis.

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  • Kate Slack

    6 months, 6 days ago

    Tragic reminder to do paperwork

    Whether planned or not, the first episode of Cold Case Files for 2018, Man in the Shadows, (released 30 January 2018) serves as a timely reminder that allowing paperwork to backup can lead to devastating and avoidable outcomes. In Man in the Shadows, host Brooke Gittings, highlights via the case of the Linden Area Rapist, how, despite the modern advancements in technology, human error and administrative oversight can hamper investigations and betray the efficient administration of justice. In February 1991, the Linden Area Rapist committed his first assault and continued to perpetrate violent sexual crimes until his arrest in 2004. Over the years, as complainants piled up, investigators swabbed the dozens of his victims for DNA and catalogued their findings. But, that catalogue is only as good as the information it contains. The trail went cold for more than ten years and more women were viciously attacked. Tragically, the Linden Area Rapist’s DNA had been collected in 1995 but was not processed and indexed until 2004 when, almost instantly, a match was identified. The unreliability of eye witness testimony is also underscored in this episode when the police’s investigation, prior to the DNA match being identified, was made all the more difficult by the same DNA being found on multiple victims, yet each victim had provided vastly different descriptions of their attacker. While Cold Case Files can be grim, this episode is a worthwhile listen because, while the outcome was delayed, a case that lay dormant for over a decade was ultimately solved.