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We need advocacy as soon as a DV related homicide occurs. Law Enf. should raise such a case to its highest level of scrutiny. Our case - Open in another state, Law Enf have not communicated & will not ...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
09/07/2010
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Will y'all expound on some of the grief processes homicide victim's families go through?
pbug
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
09/07/2010
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Mike Durham
09/07/2010
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During a Cold Case Investigation, what is a survivor to do if the Investigator is non-responsive? To whom should a survivor reach out to in order to get information regarding the status of the investigatio...
Jaime
08/18/2010
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Debbie Taylor
09/07/2010
arrow icon A protocol for all to follow would be best. Otherwise everyo...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane
08/18/2010
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What is the process for re-interviewing "persons of interest" once a case is in cold case division
Gail
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
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Diane, Dan, Tim
08/18/2010
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As a probstion officer & a victim advocate; how much information can be given to a survior of a murdered family member? I feel the survior should have the right to know everything about the case.
Carnen
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
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My son, Cedric, was murdered 12/18/01. There were no witnesses, no DNA and to date, no one has come forward with any information. My son was killed exactly a week before Christmas and there were plenty o...
Jocella Collins
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
arrow icon Ms. Collins I am sorry about your loss. The hardest cases fo...
Sarah Chaikin
08/18/2010
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How often should the victim advocate make contact with the co-victim when the case is cold?
Roberta Jones
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
arrow icon You might want to ask the family how often they would like t...
Terrie Noble
08/18/2010
arrow icon I think its important that when talking to survivors/co-vic...
Dan Levey
08/18/2010
arrow icon Co-victims of unsolved homicides should be contacted at leas...
Howard Morton
08/18/2010
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If a suspect, not formally charged, "lawyers up", is there anything that can be done?
K oneil
08/18/2010
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Devmom
09/07/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
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New info came in about a woman who was bragging that she witnessed the "suspect" in my child's murder changing his clothes (possibly bloody), that night at her cousin's house. Woman was questione...
donna
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
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What tips/recommendation can you give as to how do I interview a survior or the family of a victim that has been murdered?
Carnen
08/18/2010
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Tim
08/18/2010
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Terrie Noble
08/18/2010
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Should more counseling be available to survivors of homicide victims during cold case investigations? What are good ways to get individuals to participate in counseling and come in for services?
Sansara
08/18/2010
arrow icon Yes, more counseling should be made available. During our re...
Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
arrow icon Good point. Loved one is gone and the family does not have a...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
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How can we get the police departments and sheriff departments to continue to revisit cold cases and keep survivors informed? Also, information is crucial to survivors. What can or cant they be told?
Linda Sorenson
08/18/2010
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Linda Sorenson
09/07/2010
arrow icon Mike,I am not aware of how many law enforcement agencies ha...
Dan Levey
08/18/2010
arrow icon The cold case registry system seems to be a great idea for e...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
arrow icon The family's speaking out about their cold case case and the...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
arrow icon Dan, would you please supply me with a list of Arizona inves...
Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
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When there is a new lead what can be done to see that the witness(s) involved be interrogated thoroughly, not just "questioned" by police so they can be held accountable for their answers?
Devmom
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
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What do you see are the benefits of the relationship between victims of crime and Mitigation Specialists/Investigators?
Tiffany
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Dan Levey
08/18/2010
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I just picked up responsibility for several homicide cold cases from an advocate who left our organization. What would be the best way to approach the families of victims with regards to introducing mysel...
pbug
08/18/2010
arrow icon May I suggest a most gentle but professional introduction. G...
Arnet
08/18/2010
arrow icon As a survivor and victim advocate for co-victim's of homcide...
Terrie Noble
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
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At what point in the investigation if ever, does the victim's family have the right to review case independantly with a professional or with the cold case detective?? Do survivors have the right to view ph...
Donna Kukura
08/18/2010
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Devmom
08/18/2010
arrow icon The issue of independent review vs. the public's right to kn...
Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane and Tim
08/18/2010
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I often find that survivors of homicide victims during cold case investigations are extremely angry with the criminal justice system regardless of how long ago the crime happened. What are some ways to de...
Karla Beck
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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Other than yearly vigils and the National Day of Remembrance Sept. 25th, what are some other creative ways homicide survivors may honor their loved ones' memories? Please provide ideas on what to say to...
Easter LaRoche
08/18/2010
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Charlene Harris
11/10/2010
arrow icon You can highlight other cold cases that were solved to show ...
Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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could you specifically address the unique aspects of victim support required when a case gains cold case status in the aftermath of an exoneration accomplished through an Innocence Project.
Steve Siegel
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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I am working in a region where there is a lot of gang activity and I have a number of clients who, due to investigative hold back, have not been provided with the exact cause of death of their loved one. ...
Marnie
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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I would like to know if there is a comprehensive guide available for advocates that includes the different roles (attorney, detective, and advocate) involved in a cold case, DNA and the importance of unloc...
Dimple A. Smith
08/18/2010
arrow icon Unfortunately even designation of a case as a Cold Case lend...
Len Trimmer
08/18/2010
arrow icon We are currently working on this type of resource for victim...
JBraun
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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where do i go with things that can prove who killed my son the county officers has told me to back off &forget i had a son they will not even consider solving his murder i need to go out of state any ...
brenda hart
08/18/2010
arrow icon the electiced officials are backing me away now some of the ...
brenda hart
09/07/2010
arrow icon You are not alone. The strategy of making the victim relati...
Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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Why can't the family of murdered persons have access to the homicide report, autopsy records, and crime scene information if the case is no longer being investigated but not specifically labeled a cold cas...
Joanne Lose
08/18/2010
arrow icon Arizona defined the term cold case in statute. That helps, ...
Mike Durham
09/07/2010
arrow icon Unfortunately, it's important to note that family members ar...
MM
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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My son was murdered in N. Miami Florida in 2008. I live in Michigan. The Detectives will not return my calls or share information with my PI. What can I do to get the Detectives to be responsive to me, t...
Joanne Lose
08/18/2010
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Mike Durham
08/18/2010
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Diane Dan & Tim
08/18/2010
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