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Cold Case Playing Cards

by Nancy Burghart — last modified Jan 12, 2023 01:29 PM
The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), in partnership with the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP), the Kansas Sheriff’s Association (KSA) and the Kansas Peace Officers Association (KPOA) have developed the Cold Case Playing Cards project.


PLEASE NOTE: COLD CASE PLAYING CARDS have been distributed to all Correctional Facilities. They are not currently available for the general public to purchase. Those eligible to purchase through Kansas Correctional Industries can do so at


Other states have solved multiple cold case homicides, missing person cases or suspicious deaths through the use of specially created playing cards.  Distributed to residents of state correctional facilities and county jails, these cards highlight case information in hope that persons familiar with a case will come forward with a fruitful tip.

As an example, Connecticut has produced multiple decks and has solved 20 cases with their program. For more information about Connecticut’s program, visit their website by clicking here.

For more information about the project in Kansas, please email

If you have any information regarding a Kansas Cold Case, please call 1-800-KS-CRIME.

Resources and Links:

KDOC Office of Victim Services - Office of Victim Services — (

KBI Victims Assistance - KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Law Enforcement Victims Assistance Program

AG’s Victim Services Division - Victim Services - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Crime Victims Compensation - Victim Compensation - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

Remembrance Receptions - Crime Victims Remembrance Recptions - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt

KBI Unsolved Cases - KBI - Kansas Bureau of Investigation - Governor's Reward

Kansas Missing and Unsolved - Kansas Missing & Unsolved - Home | Facebook


            Wichita - Crime Stoppers of Wichita - Sedgwick County (

Media coverage:

Detectives looking for help before cold case grows colder (

FF12 Investigation: Detectives believe murdered restaurant owner knew his killer (

Police have suspect in 2013 cold-case murder (

Playing cards are a new strategy in solving cold cases in Kansas




Dealing Justice – Joshua Jernagin



Dealing Justice – Ernie Ortiz



Dealing Justice – Gary Leo Nelson




News stories:


Kansas Cold Cases: Glenna Bullard



Kansas Cold Cases: Anna Marie Baldwin



Families of Kansas’ cold case victims find new hope for answers from an unexpected source — the state’s prisoners





Kansas Cold Cases: Nelson Jones



Kansas Cold Cases: Carla Avery, Eric Avery, Tamesha Lee, Marvin Woods



Kansas Cold Cases: Tirell Ocobock



Kansas Cold Cases: James Winston III



Kansas Cold Cases: Charles Giles



Kansas Cold Cases: Gary Leo Nelson



Cold case project renews hope for family of Beloit murder victim

Cold case project renews hope for family of Beloit murder victim (



Kansas Cold Cases: Arthur Goebel



Kansas Cold Cases: Clarence “Butch” Lavin



Kansas Cold Cases: Joshua Jernagin



KS Cold Cases: John Waller



Tirell Ocobock and John Waller homicides spotlighted in playing cards being given to Kansas inmates



Kan. LE issue cold case playing cards to inmates to generate new leads

  • Kansas detectives hope playing cards help solve dozens of cold cases

  • Department of Corrections, KBI announce new Cold Case playing card set

  • Playing cards give Kansas prison inmates a chance to help solve cold cases. Here’s how



  1. Effort aims to heat up cold cases with playing cards for prisoners


  1. Kansas detectives hope a deck of playing cards can help solve dozens of cold cases


  1. Former police officer, daughter of murder victim finds hope in new effort to solve cold cases


  1. Shawnee Co. cold case investigators hopeful for prison playing cards program

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