Independent investigator forms cold case society

This is actually a great idea and it looks like he has many good folks on board to help.

Fascination with unsolved mysteries prompts detective to form cold case group | PennLive.com.

Cold cases have intrigued Kenneth L. Mains since he was a young boy.

“Back then it was the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot,” said the Lycoming County detective and former Williamsport police officer.

“Then as I grew older my curiosity for what happened grew to DB Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart. It continues today with cases such as Jon Benet Ramsey, Dr. Jeffery McDonald, JFK assassination, Dr. Samuel Sheppard, The Zodiac Killer, Black Dalia Case and other less prominent unsolved cases.”

It’s that curiosity that this spring prompted Mains to organize The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, a non-profit professional organization he said that will review cold cases involving homicides or disappearances in hopes of finding new leads to follow.

“I continue to educate myself every chance I get as it relates to cold case investigations, Mains said. “I love helping people and I love investigating and reconstructing cold cases.”

On his own time, he formed The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. The group has received five cold cases for review and found something was overlooked by the investigating agency in each case. Often the officials can’t take the time or make an extraordinary effort to focus on one case. This is a terrific solution.

  5 comments for “Independent investigator forms cold case society

  1. October 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Sounds good, except that he does consider the JFK assassination as unsolved. There may be specific details that aren’t completely known with 100% certainty (and will likely never be known). But that’s a closed case, not a cold case, because Oswald certainly pulled the trigger, as was concluded by the Warren Commission, and any REASONABLE doubts about that have been adequately explained.

  2. Peter Robinson
    October 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    In response to haldur. First a disclaimer. I have no brief or desire to promote a CT regarding JFK case. Having said that, via a link on a JREF forum thread recently I encountered the following site run by a guy called Russ Baker, who seems to raise some interesting potential loose ends as to who, if anyone, may have been behind Oswald. I have yet to discover if Baker has any credibility, or if the questions he raises have any merit, but on initial skimming, they look like the sort of thing that may qualify further investigation.

    Here’s the site in case interested.

    http://whowhatwhy.com/the-project/

    P.S. I am sure that it would not be appropriate to turn this comments section into a JFK discussion, so I present this comment as for information only, and am not seeking a debate as I have no position on this to be disabused. However, if anyone has any pointers as to the credibility of Baker then would be happy to see.

  3. neko
    October 19, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Sort of the other side of the innocence project. Or, well, I suppose it’s similar.

  4. gewisn
    October 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    This could be an opportunity for professionals and amateurs to work together, in person and on the web. I’d join. Especially if they investigate the real, mundane, no-headline cases that never get a task force and political pressure – and so need lots of volunteer man-hours.

  5. lagaya1
    October 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Along those lines, the government has it’s Namus.gov website. It lists all known missing persons with descriptions of their circumstances, and also has a section of all unidentified bodies they’ve found. Anyone with time who would like to help could probably work on matching up bodies with missing persons reports.

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