Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Cold Case Solved

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Happy Wednesday Super Sleuths! Today’s Super Sleuth Challenge is a recently solved murder that remained a cold case for 15 years before the true perpetrator was discovered.

To be entered in the Monthly Super Sleuth Challenge leave a comment with your best guess for the answer to the question below. At the end of the month, the sleuth with the most correct answers will be our winner.

Our Case:

The murder took place on Christmas Eve, 1998. A man and woman were killed in their apartment. The young couple worked at a glass factory. They were in love and planning to spend their life together. Their family discovered them when they didn’t show up for holiday festivities.

Drugs and cash were found at the scene, but no motive was forthcoming. Now the Police have a suspect who they believe is guilty of the crime. He is serving time in California for a violent home invasion.

How was the suspect identified?

A. A single drop of blood found at the scene did not match the victims’. With new DNA tests, law enforcement officials were able to match the DNA to the criminal database, identifying the killer.

B. Fingerprint analysis on the skin of the victim allowed law enforcement officials to match the fingerprints to the criminal database, identifying the killer.

C. Handwriting analysis on a napkin left at the scene allowed law enforcement officials to match the handwriting to a sample of the original suspects in the case.

D. Striations on the bullets used in the crime allowed law enforcement officials to link the weapon to that used in another crime where the criminal was convicted.

E. The killer’s MO of both crimes was identical, even down to the business card left at the scene, allowing officials to match the suspect to the crime.

How do you think the suspect was identified?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Cold Case Solved

  1. A. A single drop of blood did him in. Thank you so much for these cases! They will help when it’s time to write my cold case series!

  2. dtopliff says:

    These are fun but this one’s hard. I’m going to go with a business card left at scene since he’s done other violent home invasions and I think that’s how he got in the place–why he didn’t retrieve card, I don’t know. Thanks!

  3. bonnie navarro says:

    E. because who would leave a business card at the crime scene? someone who would be caught eventually.

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