Outer observation: Nothing happens, which is why the case gets cold.
Across the United States, there are millions of unsolved crimes ranging from crimes to rape to serial murder.Although many of them were less competent at a time when the police were less trained, and forensic science was still in its infancy, most became “cold” simply because there was no interest in solving it. The victims were criminals, minorities, minorities or simply unknown persons who were in the wrong place at the right time.
Most cases remain “cold” as:
- There is not enough time to solve them
- There are no policemen/detectives to solve them
- The victims and many witnesses (if any) have died
- The suspect (or suspects) has died
- The evidence was falsified, mistreated or lost
- The reports were poorly written or inaccurate.
- The crime scene was poorly secured or contaminated, or both
- There is no money to solve them.
- There is no limited interest in solving them either from the leadership of the various police authorities or from the civilian managers of the departments.
There is currently a national DNA database (CODUS) that is not used sufficiently by the various departments in the United States.Since most crimes are committed by a relatively small group of people, it is likely that many cold cases could be solved (or resolved). However, for various reasons, this resource is not used by a number of agencies, and therefore their cold cases remain ‘cold’.
It is a certain presumption that if a criminal commits a crime and then avoids encounters with the police in which he or she is asked to present his or her DNA for the rest of his or her life, the crime remains unsolved and thus becomes a “cold case”.