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Wikified this article, good suggestion[edit]

I have Wikified this article; I believe the above suggestion is a good one. Can anyone assist in finding a list of famous "cold cases," or, would it be better to write a Wiki article called: "List of cold cases." Please sign your comments, everyone. User:ProfessorPaul 22:49, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

I am sorry; I will have to dispute this article[edit]

I think I need to find the stub about "disputed facts" in articles; the links do not say that the human remains of Judge Crater have been confirmed. User:ProfessorPaul 00:10, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Resolving this dispute[edit]

I would agree to remove the "dispute" tag if/when the proper authorities in New York confirm (via DNA testing) that the human remains of Judge Crater have been found. Until then--it may be "likely" or "probable" that his remains have been found, but just not yet confirmed. The Judge Crater article also notes that it has not yet been confirmed that his remains have been found. User:ProfessorPaul 00:27, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Number of solved cases vs. Unsolved cases?[edit]

Does anyone know the exact percentage of cases the police receive--and solve? I would love to see a stat like that.

Conspiracy theorists and JFK.[edit]

I am changing the phrase "Conspiracy theorists consider the John F. Kennedy assassination..." To "Some people consider (...)". Unless everyone included the many noted people (such as Oliver Stone the director) and ordinary folk both in the U.S. and elsewhere who do not ascribe to the "official" version of events are to be considered as conspiracy theorists (with all the negative connations that come along with that). Also of note here should be a direct quote from the J.F.K. assassination wikipedia page: "The United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1979 that Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald probably as a result of a conspiracy." So who are the conspiracy theorists if the official version is that the assassination was a result of a conspiracy as well? 23:18, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Famous examples[edit]

the "missingest man in New York"
Whoever coined this monstrosity should have all his English qualifications revoked. --Bicycle repairman (talk) 07:02, 5 May 2008 (UTC)


Am I the only one who feels the basically undiscussed (there was some suggestion at Talk:Cold Case (TV series)#Requested move but no discussion here nor was it what the move concerned) decision to move this page from Cold case to Cold case (criminology) making Cold case a disambiguation page was silly? The idea that a TV series (which I'm a fan of so please don't bring up silly suggestions like I have a bias against the show) and a book about cold cases are even close to the article on the concept itself (which is clearly the primary topic) which the book and series get their name from is silly and sadly smacks of the systemic bias and recentism all too common on wikipedia. Plenty of people have heard of cold cases long before the show (including I'm pretty sure, me), plenty of people will hear about cold cases long after the show is but a distant memory, even a news search now will find plenty of discussion of real world cold cases but people coming to wikipedia to read up on the concept are hit with a disambiguation page... Not quite as bad as those who've tried to move Java to become a disambiguation page perhaps but still... Nil Einne (talk) 09:01, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Samantha Runnion[edit]

Samantha Runnion's case was solved within a week of her body being found (which was less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped) so I don't believe it would be a "Notable Solved Cold Case" Laladoodle92 (talk) 07:38, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Boston Molasses Disaster?![edit]

Some of the so-called "cold cases" listed--the Titanic, some bridges failing, and the Boston Molasses Disaster--really have nothing to do with being a cold case. There's no crime, no whodunit, just in certain cases people later discovering other possibilities for the reason for the disaster. Do these really belong here? I think they should be removed. For example, while it may be recorded in history that someone died of a heart attack in the 18th century, but people today (having more information about causes of death) speculate that the person died of a stroke, I don't see how that would constitute a cold case. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:57, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Disputed "solved" status of 2001 Anthrax[edit]

What are the criterion for listing a case as "solved"? Does it depend on a conviction or confession?

The 2001 anthrax attacks case had neither, since the FBI's suspect took his own life. A subsequent investigative story by Frontline investigation has cast doubt on the solved staus of this case - wouldn't it take an actual judicial hearing to reliably consider a case as "solved" vs. merely closed. rhyre (talk) 17:21, 7 June 2012 (UTC)