Phew! I really don’t know how detectives and law enforcement work on homicides, unsolved homicides and unresolved deaths. Two days attending an Unsolved Homicide Symposium in Ohio put on by the BCI and I’m wiped out. The first day I gave a power point presentation on my sister Kathy’s unsolved murder from 1971 and the rest of the time I listened.
I admire these men and women for the work they do. Not just in the field but all those that take a back seat and work diligently in the crime labs. The crime scene investigators, latent print examiners, forensic anthropologist, pathologist, toxicologist, serologist, and so much more work with evidence that most of us would need a bucket to throw up in if we saw, smelled and handled what they do. And of course we expect them to be super human and never make mistakes.
In the midst of solving a case they have to work with funds available. When the economy is bad they are hit with economic decisions. They cannot use funds freely on whatever they want. Just like any business they deal with politics and the backlash of disgruntled citizens. Oftentimes what goes on behind the scenes are not made known to the public and law enforcement officers absorb the fallout from individuals, families and the media. Solving a murder is NOT just about solving a murder. There is much more to it than that. Of course I’ve known all of this for some time now. I learned it the hard way. Waiting forty years for a murder to be solved will do that to you.
In every business there are those that do there job extremely well and those that don’t. I must say in the more than forty years dealing with law enforcement I have met a greater percentage that have done their job extremely well. Thank you.