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There is no statute of limitations on murder. Homicide is one crime you pay for—but first you must be caught. In New York City, thousands of murders remain unsolved. Where does the police department begin after an unsolved case has gone cold? In this fascinating, in-depth narrative, a writer uses her unprecedented access to chronicle the inner workings of the elite unit of homicide detectives charged with the overwhelming task of solving cold cases going back as far as 1951.

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There is no statute of limitations on murder. Homicide is one crime you pay for—but first you must be caught. In New York City, thousands of murders remain unsolved. Where does the police department begin after an unsolved case has gone cold? In this fascinating, in-depth narrative, a writer uses her unprecedented access to chronicle the inner workings of the elite unit of homicide detectives charged with the overwhelming task of solving cold cases going back as far as 1951.

As the popularity of police television series such as Law & Order, CSI, and Cold Case makes plain, the public's interest in police work is immense and growing. The Restless Sleep tells of a real-life subculture of crime solving and of the talented, indefatigable, ill-at-ease detectives who lock on to a case, sift through decades-old case files, and chase down seemingly exhausted leads—trying to see what others have missed. Following four cases from inception to resolution, Horn depicts the world of the victims and their murderers "who thought they'd gotten away with it," along with the scientific advancements that don't always yield hoped- for answers, and the harrowing politics and tangled history of the infamous NYPD. A completely addictive read as admiring of the successes as it is critical of the bureaucracy, The Restless Sleep promises to become a true-crime favorite.

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There is no statute of limits on homicide, but thousands of murders remain unsolved. New York City's Cold Case Squad is whittling away at a backlog of nearly 9,000 murders. The Restless Sleep tracks these intrepid, talented detectives as they track down culprits in three hideous crimes.
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NPR contributor Horn's deft writing and unique access to detectives laboring to bring justice to the many forgotten victims of murder create a significant addition to the genre. Horn tracks four very different unsolved killings-a brutal torture of drug dealers while their young children were restrained in an adjoining room; the murder of an off-duty cop who interrupted a robbery in progress; an apparent sex crime turned fatal that claimed the life of a teenager; and the fetishistic strangling of a transplanted Southerner. Each crime presents unique obstacles for the dedicated detectives assigned to them, and each yields very different results. The heroic and three-dimensional portrayals of the individual police officers are compelling, but many will find more novelty in Horn's detailed assessment of the bureaucratic turf battles surrounding the cold case squad, and the serious obstacles NYPD reformers continue to face. Several notches above the typical reporter's insights into the realities of criminal justice, and, given the continued popularity of the CBS TV drama Cold Case, Horn's book is likely to find a wide readership. Agent, Betsy Lerner. (July 11) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Horn (Waiting for My Cats To Die), founder of the virtual salon echonyc.com, again turns her attention to death. In the aftermath of 9/11, Horn met some temporarily reassigned homicide detectives and was intrigued by their particular work. She has spent the time since then getting an insider's view of the NYPD's Cold Case Squad, with this gripping overview of the history of the squad and its seemingly impossible task as a result. By focusing on four cases-one dating back to the 1950s-and four detectives, Horn is able to delve deeply into how the squad works. She pulls no punches as she lays bare the behind-the-scenes NYPD politics. Interestingly, although she intended to tell the story of the Cold Case Squad through profiles of the detectives, it is the victims and the details of their cases that are the clear focus of this book. From the years-long dedication of these professionals, who never give up, it is clear that they would want the story told no other way. Horn is a talented writer who reassures herself and readers that cold case detectives never forget. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Karen Sandlin Silverman, CFAR-Ctr. for Applied Research, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786279883
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/6/2005
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 515
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Linda Leon and Esteban Martinez 3
2 A brief history of the Cold Case Squad 14
3 Police officer Ronald Stapleton 28
4 Christine Diefenbach 38
5 Jean Sanseverino 52
6 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Leon-Martinez double homicide 65
7 Detective Steve Kaplan : the Ronald Stapleton case 105
8 Detective Tommy Wray : the Christine Diefenbach case 143
9 Detectives Walter Duffy, William Kelly, et al. : the Jean Sanseverino case 173
10 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Leon-Martinez double homicide 219
11 Detective Steve Kaplan : the Ronald Stapleton case 232
12 Detective Tommy Wray : the Christine Diefenbach case 248
13 Detective Wendell Stradford : the Jean Sanseverino case 255
14 The future of the Cold Case Squad 273
15 Epilogue 286
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