This book, now in its second edition, is the first and most exhaustive text covering the still growing popularity of cold case investigations which locate perpetrators and free the innocent. The new edition adds approximately 80 pages of content, including material on clandestine graves and investigating cold gang cases. The book merges theory with practice through the use of case histories, photographs, illustrations and checklists that convey essential, fundamental concepts while providing a strong, practical basis for the investigative process.

part I|2 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

The Cold Case Problem

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 2|42 pages

Case File Review

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 3|34 pages

Reading the Book

Learning the Case
ByR. H. Walton

chapter 4|36 pages


ByR. H. Walton

chapter 5|12 pages

Long-Term Missing-Persons and No-Body Cold Case Investigations

ByTad DiBIase, R. H. Walton

chapter 6|14 pages

The Prosecution of Cold Case Murders

ByAnne Marie Schubert

chapter 7|22 pages

Databases: ViCAP, HITS, and TracKRS

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 9|24 pages

Interviewing Senior Citizens

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 10|18 pages

Death Certificate, Obituary, and Coroner’s Inquest

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 11|20 pages

Cold Case Investigation Units

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 12|26 pages

The Media in Cold Case Investigation

ByR. H. Walton

part II|2 pages


chapter 13|22 pages

Friction Skin Impressions

ByEdwardo Palma

chapter 14|10 pages

Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems

ByPeter D. Komarinski

chapter 15|16 pages

From Serology to DNA in Cold Case Investigations

ByMichael J. Grubb

chapter 16|14 pages

Trace Evidence in Cold Case Investigations

ByJay W. Henry

chapter 17|8 pages

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)

ByR. H. Walton, Silvia Pettem

chapter 18|6 pages

Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)

ByConnie Milton

chapter 19|10 pages

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)

ByKatharine Dyer, R. H. Walton

chapter 20|20 pages

Forensic Anthropology in Cold Cases

ByMadeleine Hinkes

chapter 21|18 pages

Forensic Dentistry in Cold Cases 1

ByNorman D. Sperber, Anthony R. Cardoza

part III|2 pages

Investigative Tools

chapter 22|32 pages

Forensic Exhumation

ByR. H. Walton

chapter 23|18 pages

Criminal Investigative Analysis in Cold Case Investigations

BySharon Pagaling Hagan

chapter 24|6 pages

Warming Up with Wiretaps

ByRobert P. Hickey

chapter 26|12 pages

Blood Enhancement

ByRod Englert

chapter 27|16 pages

Forensic Document Examination

ByMarie Durina

chapter 28|34 pages

Forensic Art in Cold Cases

ByKaren T. Taylor

chapter 29|6 pages

Cold Case Polygraph

ByPaul Redden

chapter 30|24 pages

Geographic Profiling in Cold Case Investigations 1

ByD. Kim Rossmo

part IV|2 pages

Resources and Conclusion

chapter 31|16 pages

“Who You Know”

Resources in Cold Case Homicide Investigation
ByR. H. Walton