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"Cold Case Files: The Podcast" explores compelling cases that have gone cold for years, and chronicles the journeys of the detectives who reopened them. The detectives relive the events of the crimes, revealing new twists and startling revelations for full immersion into these tragic cases. They rely on breakthroughs in forensic technology and the influence of social media to help crack these cases - bringing long-awaited closure to the victim's families and friends. "Cold Case Files: The Podcast" is hosted by Brooke Gittings ("Convicted", "Actual Innocence") with original music by Blake Maples. From the Emmy and Peabody award winning studio Blumhouse Television ("The Jinx") and independent production studio, AMPLE, "Cold Case Files", the TV Show, is all new Thursdays at 10P on A&E and available on demand at aetv.com.

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  • Kate Slack

    3 months, 15 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.

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