Inside the Tape is also committed to providing a cold case review service to any agency in the U.S. upon proper proof of identification. This service is provided free of charge and is conducted in an effort to assist departments tackling tough cold cases and need the investigation reviewed for the purpose of finding new direction and potential leads. Cases submitted to Inside the Tape may also be presented at training seminars in order to draw more attention to these open cases in an effort to assist in bringing them to closure. Materials needed from any agency requesting a cold case review should include scene photos on a disc, scene sketch, autopsy protocol, evidence analysis results, evidence collection sheets, investigators notes and any witness statements. Only copies of these materials should be forwarded and notification with Inside the Tape must be made before a case can be sent. Submitting agencies should allow 2 months for reviews to be completed and returned. Investigators with a combined 60 years of experience take part in the reviews and bring a specific specialty to the table in all areas of homicide investigation and its related forensic applications.

Training can also be adjusted to meet the specific need of a requesting agency or association. We conduct one and two day training courses for both coroner and medical examiner associations for annual re-training and other state agencies having a specific training need in the field of homicide investigation.


Cold Case Symposium

Inside the Tape LLC will present this fall a new training course dealing with the investigation of unresolved homicide cases throughout the country. Agencies do not have to be present at this training to have one of their cases submitted for analysis. Hosting agencies will continue to receive the same courtesy seating as in other Inside the Tape Training Courses. The target date for the first training symposium is September 2008 with a host agency yet to be determined. Course outline will allow one full day of lecture to discuss the protocol by which cold cases should be revisited, and an outline discussed that will be used to review and analyze the last two days of cold case presentation. Up to 4 cases will be reviewed each of the last two days allowing for a maximum of two hours per case review. Each attending investigator will have an opportunity to complete an analysis form regarding each case which may be used by the investigating agency to pursue new directions and leads. Agencies attending the training will not be required to submit a Cold Case. Cases for presentation will be taken on a first come basis. Agencies submitting cases beyond this will still have the opportunity to have their cases reviewed and critiqued by Inside the Tape, and results forwarded at a later date. These cases may also be presented to agencies at future Cold Case Courses so they also have the opportunity for review in a class setting. This training will be an excellent opportunity for agencies to not only receive input regarding unsolved cases, but possibly show linkage in cases where a serial offender may be suspected. It is always important for neighboring agencies to maintain an open line of communication and be aware of unique M.O.ís should they encounter the same type of offense within their jurisdiction.

Topics covered during the first day will include the organization of the case folder / revisiting the crime scene / contact and re-interview of potential witnesses / the analysis of the previous data collected to include witness statements, scene photos and scene video / re-exploring the physical evidence and the potential for DNA / CODIS / review previous suspects statements and current status / exploring M.O. and Signature link with other agencies.

Agencies wishing to begin the process of having their Cold Case reviewed and prepared for presentation should contact Investigator David Newman, founder of Inside the Tape LLC at 757-748-1991 or e-mail at

We hope your agency will take advantage of this important training opportunity and be able to submit a Cold Case for review and presentation in the hopes of bringing some closure to not only the investigating agency, but for the families of victims of violent crime. Thank you.

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