What's the cost-benefit analysis to having police and the FBI try and solve Cold Cases? Is this a good use of scarce police resource?
Just today I was reading about a cold-case investigation for someone who was killed 41 years ago. Sometimes you read of police forces that continue investigations for that occurred 25, 35, even 50 years ago.
The victims are still dead – and in many cases so is the perpetrator. If they find the bad guy at all.
On one level, solving the cold case gives some sort of closure (what is that, anyway?) to the family, maybe.
But at what cost? Could the police be using their resources more wisely? Yes, some cases make the headlines when they are solved. But I’ll be that for every cold-case success there are a dozen failures.
Does this effort make economic sense?
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