A ground breaking television show from the A&E network, Cold Case Files debuted on television in 1999. Hosted by Bill Kurtis, a veteran news anchor and award-winning documentary producer, the series delves into the exciting and dangerous world of real-life crimes in an attempt to solve cases where the trails have grown ice cold and justice has been denied.
Each documentary is a detailed investigative report into a mysterious and unsolved murder. Widely popular with fans, Cold Case Files has won kudos from law enforcement agencies, as well, for it's realistic look into actual investigative methods used by detectives and the dedication to the job that policemen and policewomen put forth day-in and day-out.
Episodes focus on cases that have seemed so baffling that they've been shelved for lack of new evidence. The crimes are then re-examined and solved when modern, cutting-edge forensics are applied to evidence taken from crime scenes years earlier.
It seems fans of Cold Case Files can't get enough by simply watching the show on television. DVD releases of dozens of the most fascinating episodes are now available. In addition, there is also an interactive computer game of the same name where players can point and click their way to solving forgotten cases!
Amazingly, law enforcement agencies (once as tight lipped about their cases as a closed coffin at a funeral) have begun to utilize the public's fascination with the current crop of fictional television shows which focus on forensic science, including C.S.I., and the long-running Cold Case Files' non-fiction explorations of true crimes.
It has become very common in recent years for local, state and national law enforcement agencies to seek the public's help in solving crimes. Many sheriff and police agencies maintain their own 'Cold Case' departments where officers look to the public to provide the missing clues they need to solve cases that would otherwise be shelved into the file cabinet or deep-sixed into the archives.
There is no such thing as the 'perfect crime' and each of us has an obligation to keep our eyes and ears open for any clues or strong suspicians we might have about crimes and report them promptly to law enforcement. Just watch an episode or two of Cold Case Files and you'll be amazed at what a potent combination for justice develops when the public gets involved in helping law enforcement officers and forensic scientists crack unsolved cases!
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