Sometimes the missing puzzle piece is a fresh set of eyes…
Cold cases are predominantly solved by advances in forensic science technology, such as DNA matching, confessions and/or witnesses coming forward. The latter of which often arises from renewed and increased media coverage and investigator input. To get to that stage a cold case needs to turn warm again – this is where we might help. Just like advances in technology, there have been advances in behavioural understanding. Thus investigators and victim families must ask the question - was the original analysis and interpretation of the motivational and behavioural aspects of this crime (e.g. cold case) based on outdated theory/science?
Clearly, it is imperative to have a correct understanding of the motivations and behaviours in an investigation. Sometimes all that is needed to re-open a cold case is a fresh analysis of the crime from a behavioural point of view, which can lead to a renewed interest in the case and vigour in solving it. Our group can assist investigators with comprehensive “cold case” reviews utilising a variety of approaches (e.g. behavioural, cognitive, motivational, functional, thematic) from a variety of perspectives (e.g. criminological, psychological, forensic, investigative) and both clinical- and research-oriented.
Reviews can be initiated by investigators and/or the families and loved ones of victims.