MEET THE COLD CASE NETWORK
Academics and Practitioners Working Together
Learning. Teaching. Sharing.
Our interest in cold cases emerged after Dr. Heather Price's experience presenting at the Canadian Cold Case Investigators Conference. She was invited to present at this conference after consulting with an investigator on a case involving a child who witnessed her mother’s murder at 6 years of age and who was about to be interviewed again at 19 years of age. At the conference, she presented about basic memory principles that might be relevant in cold case investigations. The reception from attendees was extremely positive and many indicated that had never encountered much of the information prior.
After discussing this experience with Dr. Kirk Luther and Mr. Wayne Thomas, we decided to pool our resources and knowledge to begin working together.
Articles and Books
EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN
We are starting from the ground up with cold cases. There is substantial knowledge on what works for investigative interviewing when it comes to typical cases. However, not much yet is known about best interviewing practices for the unique and difficult challenges presented by cold cases.
LEARNING BY DOING
We are currently in the process of conducting research on cold cases and cannot wait to share the results with you. We are working with academics and practitioners. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
THEORY & PRACTICE
We need a better understanding of why cases go cold, what leads to these cases being reopened, and the various factors that lead to cold cases being solved. Knowledge of these important factors will help us to begin developing a theoretical model of the factors that contribute to recalling old memories. Ultimately, we want to generate evidence-based strategies that can assist in interviewing witnesses of cold cases.