Cold Cases

Snohomish country, sandwiched between Skagit and King county in evergreen Washington state, has over sixty pending cold cases. Some stretch all the way back to the sixties while others are less than a year old. Improvements in forensic analysis as well as unique approaches in building awareness have shed light on a handful of these …

Begonia

The peonies were a hand’s turn past perfection. Instead of the tight, round folds Holly had expected, the flowers flared outward like grandparent arms open for a hug. The petals had become papery as their veins dried out in the sun, and as they curled back, the canary pollen rods below were exposed. Even if …

Playing with a Full Deck: A Unique Approach to Solving Cold Cases

In 2006, more than sixty Snohomish county cold cases were filed away waiting to be solved. Some of these cases were only a few years old, but others stretched all the way back to the sixties (Hefley, 2009). Even with breakthroughs in forensic technology, the sheer workload was too much for the cold case unit. …