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Cold Case Playing Cards

by Carol Pitts last modified Sep 01, 2022 12:03 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.

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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 https://kansasci.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=10534.

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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 KDOC_Cold_Case_Cards@ks.gov.

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 — (ks.gov)

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

CrimeStoppers

            Wichita - Crime Stoppers of Wichita - Sedgwick County (wichitasedgwickcountycrimestoppers.com)

Media coverage:

Detectives looking for help before cold case grows colder (kwch.com)

FF12 Investigation: Detectives believe murdered restaurant owner knew his killer (kwch.com)

Police have suspect in 2013 cold-case murder (kwch.com)

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

Podcasts:

 

8/11/2022

Dealing Justice – Joshua Jernagin

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/4-of-hearts-joshua-jernagin-ks-deck/id1504742935?i=1000575837452

 

7/15/2022

Dealing Justice – Ernie Ortiz

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/5-of-hearts-ernie-ortiz-ks-deck/id1504742935?i=1000569975929

 

6/13/2022

Dealing Justice – Gary Leo Nelson

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/3-of-spades-gary-leo-nelson-ks-deck/id1504742935?i=1000568393131

 

 

 

News stories:

8/28/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Glenna Bullard

https://www.wibw.com/2022/08/29/kansas-cold-cases-glenna-bullard/

 

8/14/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Anna Marie Baldwin

https://www.wibw.com/2022/08/15/kansas-cold-cases-anna-marie-baldwin/

 

8/8/2022

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

https://wsvn.com/news/us-world/families-of-kansas-cold-case-victims-find-new-hope-for-answers-from-an-unexpected-source-the-states-prisoners/

 

7/31/2022

https://www.wibw.com/2022/08/01/kansas-cold-cases-margaret-tighe/

 

7/17/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Nelson Jones

https://www.wibw.com/2022/07/18/kansas-cold-cases-nelson-jones/

 

7/10/2022

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

https://www.wibw.com/2022/07/11/kansas-cold-case-carla-avery-eric-avery-tamesha-lee-marvin-woods/

 

7/3/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Tirell Ocobock

https://www.wibw.com/2022/07/04/kansas-cold-cases-tirell-ocobock/

 

6/13/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: James Winston III

https://www.wibw.com/2022/06/13/kansas-cold-cases-james-winston-iii/

 

6/6/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Charles Giles

https://www.wibw.com/2022/06/06/kansas-cold-cases-charles-giles/

 

5/31/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Gary Leo Nelson

https://www.wibw.com/2022/05/30/kansas-cold-cases-gary-leo-nelson/

 

5/27/2022

Cold case project renews hope for family of Beloit murder victim

Cold case project renews hope for family of Beloit murder victim (kwch.com)

 

5/24/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Arthur Goebel

https://www.wibw.com/2022/05/23/kansas-cold-cases-arthur-goebel/

 

5/17/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Clarence “Butch” Lavin

https://www.wibw.com/2022/05/16/kansas-cold-cases-clarence-butch-lavin/

 

5/9/2022

Kansas Cold Cases: Joshua Jernagin

https://www.wibw.com/2022/05/09/kansas-cold-cases-joshua-jernagin/

 

5/2/2022

KS Cold Cases: John Waller

https://www.wibw.com/2022/05/02/ks-cold-cases-john-waller/

 

4/28/2022

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

https://www.cjonline.com/story/news/2022/04/28/kansas-cold-cases-inmate-playing-cards-tirell-ocobock-john-waller/7446543001/

 

4/27/2022

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

https://www.police1.com/investigations/articles/kan-le-issue-cold-case-playing-cards-to-inmates-to-generate-new-leads-FlmrzAy0C2twGxQf/

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

https://www.kwch.com/2022/04/25/kansas-detectives-hope-deck-playing-cards-can-help-solve-dozens-cold-cases/

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

https://kvoe.com/2022/04/25/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

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article260740007.html

 

4/25/2022

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

https://www.wibw.com/2022/04/25/effort-aims-heat-up-cold-cases-with-playing-cards-prisoners/

 

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

https://www.kwch.com/2022/04/25/kansas-detectives-hope-deck-playing-cards-can-help-solve-dozens-cold-cases/

 

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

https://www.kwch.com/2022/04/25/police-officer-daughter-murder-victim-finds-hope-new-effort-solve-cold-cases/

 

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

https://www.wibw.com/2022/04/26/shawnee-co-cold-case-investigators-hopeful-prison-playing-cards-program/

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