Why Do Cases Go Cold?
Sometimes, not every single case makes it to trial or can get a conviction. Sometimes guilt can’t be proven, and sometimes the bad guy really gets away with it. Then you have a cold case, a case that isn’t closed but also isn’t moving forward either.
These are typically murder and violent crime cases that don’t have a statute of limitations on them, meaning that they can be brought back to court regardless of the amount of time that has passed. This allows for detectives to find the truth about lindy chamberlain, the Beaumont siblings, and countless other cases that went cold.
While many cold cases do get re-opened and then solved for good, why do they go cold in the first place? Well first, there’s a lack of evidence to prove what has happened. This is often due to technological limitations, where evidence can’t be processed and proof can’t be detained. Or maybe a witness was unable to speak up or appear in court due to fear or being threatened.
Often, the cold cases are reopened when new testimony or evidence is brought forward, or new technological advances are able to reconstruct the crime scene or identify DNA. If the suspect of the past crimes begins acting suspiciously or commits a second crime, this allows for detectives to investigate the cold case in order to find clues.
Some of the cold cases can even free innocents that were framed for the crime and put the right people in jail the second time around. Cold cases take time, but with enough patience and development, as well as some other factors justice will be served. While no one ever wants a cold case, they do demonstrate that time can help find the truth, no matter what.