New playing cards help solve cold cases

August 29th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

For years, playing cards have helped people multitask. With the right deck, players can identify an airplane by its silhouette, wanted war criminals and geographic details.

Chalk up another use: Solving cold cases.

Florida law enforcement officials have designed a deck meant to help solve unsolved murder and missing-person cases. The deck features 52 of Florida’s unsolved cases — each card has a picture and relevant case details. Each card also has an 800 number, which someone can call if they know anything about the case.

The decks are given to inmates and supervised offenders in Florida’s legal system, which is about 206,000 people, according to numbers in this news release published by WCTV. The decks are also for sale to the general public. From the release:

“People are often fearful of providing information on criminal activity – especially in a prison environment,” said Florida Association of Crime Stoppers President Steve Rowland. “Our greatest hope is to continue to gather the missing information needed to bring closure to so many grieving families in Florida.”

Previous editions helped solve two cases. The third edition of Florida’s statewide deck was released today.


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