This book, now in its second edition, is the first and most exhaustive text covering the still growing popularity of cold case investigations which locate perpetrators and free the innocent. The new edition adds approximately 80 pages of content, including material on clandestine graves and investigating cold gang cases. The book merges theory with practice through the use of case histories, photographs, illustrations and checklists that convey essential, fundamental concepts while providing a strong, practical basis for the investigative process.

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

The Cold Case Problem

chapter 2|42 pages

Case File Review

chapter 3|34 pages

Reading the Book

Learning the Case

chapter 4|36 pages


chapter 7|22 pages

Databases: ViCAP, HITS, and TracKRS

chapter 9|24 pages

Interviewing Senior Citizens

chapter 11|20 pages

Cold Case Investigation Units

chapter 12|26 pages

The Media in Cold Case Investigation

part II|2 pages


chapter 13|22 pages

Friction Skin Impressions

chapter 18|6 pages

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

part III|2 pages

Investigative Tools

part IV|2 pages

Resources and Conclusion

chapter 31|16 pages

“Who You Know”

Resources in Cold Case Homicide Investigation