Let’s Make The Mid-South A Safer Place To Live!
Since 1980, the city of Memphis has accumulated more than 1,500 unresolved homicides and these numbers are rising each year.
According to the FBI crime data, the USA has accumulated over 242,355 unresolved homicides since 1980. Plus, in 2016, the national average of solving homicides dropped to its lowest ever (59.4%) where 4 out of 10 homicides are not being solved each year. In the meantime:
- the number of cold cases continue to rise;
- justice is not served while some perpetrators continue to commit violent acts;
- families are left without answers;
- faith in our law enforcement is diminished;
- concerns over public safety increase;
- and the cost of these crimes to Memphis is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.
While the numbers continue to rise, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) is understaffed and is not financially equipped to adequately address the cold case problem. Therefore, the creation of the Mid-South Cold Case Initiative, a non-profit corporation unlike any other in the country, was specifically designed to help raise the funds necessary to augment the MPD in a concentrated effort to investigate and solve these homicides.
The best way to address this problem is to investigate homicides (hot and cold) at both ends of the spectrum, simultaneously. Just working the fresh cases allows the unresolved to increase rapidly, adding more victim families to the list without answers.
Funds donated to the MS-CCI will be utilized to help offset some of the expenses associated with investigating primarily cold cases. This will include the following:
- Provide funds to increase rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction of perpetrators.
- Provide financial assistance to hire crime analysts that can enhance the cold case process.
- Provide advanced training to both cold case and regular homicide detectives but especially that which addresses the nuances of conducting a cold case investigation.
- Purchase equipment such as computers, software and/or forensic related items that will increase their effectiveness.
- Provide funds to cover expenses of detectives for travel to interview key witnesses.
- Provide funds to conduct expedited forensic analysis through private certified laboratories.
- Others may be added depending on the availability of funds and the needs of the department.
Please help us make Memphis not only a safer and better place to visit and live, but help us see that justice is done and the surviving families have answers.
What Can We Do
The research and experiences of others have clearly identified that the best way to address this problem is to investigate homicides (hot and cold) at both ends of the spectrum, simultaneously. Just working the fresh cases without a dedicated cold case unit allows the unresolved to increase rapidly, adding more victim families to the list without answers. And, due to the lack of adequate funds and sufficient manpower of MPD, and/or assistance from the community, this issue will continue to get worse.
The Mid-South cannot afford to wait any longer for these cases to pile up, unresolved. According to the upcoming Best Practices guide by NIJ (Draft),
“Working cold cases is not a luxury but rather a necessity”!
To help the Mid-South (Memphis in particular), to achieve that goal, the MSCCI will utilize funds donated by concerned citizens to help offset some of the expenses associated with investigating and solving those unresolved homicides (Cold Cases).
This initiative was founded by its President, Jim Adcock, PhD.
- Retired Supervisory Special Agent US Army CID
- Served as Chief Deputy Coroner in Columbia, SC
- Former tenured professor, University of New Haven
- An expert on death investigation and the cold case process
- Trained hundreds of detectives on the cold case process
- Reviewed cases and researched the cold case phenomena
- Published two books, one on Cold Cases and the other on Death Investigation, both with 2nd Editions
- Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
- Former Vice-President of AAFS and served on Ethics Committee
- Regular guest lecturer at the Dutch Police Academy in The Netherlands
- Served 3 years on the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Cold Case Working Group to develop a Best Practices guide for conducting cold case investigations