• Cold cases,  Mysteries

    The Disappearance Of The Méchinaud Family, Analysis Of France’s Longest-Running Cold Case

    The Cold Cases Department, that has no equivalent in the world and which came into being in March 2022, has in its files the Méchinaud case, France’s oldest cold case. The parents and their two children disappeared on December 25, 1972, after a New Year’s Eve party with friends in Cognac. Five decades later, there is no trace of the Méchinaud family. The Méchinauds’ last Christmas Eve On December 24, 1972, the entire Méchinaud family travelled from their home in Boutiers-Saint Trojan, Charente, to Cognac to celebrate New Year’s Eve with their friends. At around one o’clock in the morning, after a pleasant evening, Jacques, 31, Pierrette, 29, and their…

  • Mysteries

    Five Mind Blowing Criminal Cases

    We all love mysteries. However, when it comes to criminal cases, our desire for justice is thwarted. History is littered with legal mysteries that leave us with a taste of unfinished business. From bloody crimes to unexplained disappearances and enigmatic deaths, let’s dive into five murky investigations that challenge our understanding and our feelings. Terror on New Orleans Between 1910 and 1920, an elusive ax murderer terrorized the Italian-American community of New Orleans. All twelve victims were attacked at night, often in their sleep. It seems this bogeyman had a predilection for grocers of Italian descent. After the murder of grocer Joe Davi in June 1911, the killer disappeared for…

  • Crimes

    The Sylvie Reviriego Case, A Unique Case In The History Of French Justice

    The Sylvie Reviriego case remains a textbook case for French justice. The main protagonist of this criminal case, which took place in Tours in 1988, was a nurse’s aide with a passion for her work and an empathy praised by all, who decided to take the life of her best friend in an absolutely horrifying manner. The modus operandi combines the use of sleeping pills, a scalpel and a knife, but also a domestic oven. This quiet housewife turned into a relentless executioner overnight. A macabre treasure hunt On December 12, 1988, two garbage bags containing human remains were found in the parking lot of the Trousseau hospital in Tours,…

  • Crimes

    The Dorothy Jane Scott Case: An Absolutely Terrifying Story

    When reality surpasses fiction. The Dorothy Jane Scott case is so terrifying that it goes beyond a script from a screenwriter’s fertile imagination. The victim is a young mother with a promising future who is subjected to the telephone assaults of a man with a particularly devious mind, before disappearing in unprecedented circumstances; in the months that follow, her killer will this time terrorize her parents in an extremely cruel manner. The Scott family’s destiny changed one day in May 1980 in California, an American state that had to deal with intense criminal activity on its territory throughout the decade preceding Dorothy Jane Scott’s disappearance. Sinister phone calls 1980, Stanton,…

  • Cold cases,  DNA,  Genetics

    Why Is Genetic Genealogy Revolutionizing Crime Solving?

    The combination of genealogy and genetics opens up immense possibilities for investigators Genealogy attracts millions of enthusiasts worldwide. Over the past few years, this discipline has long been the preserve of aficionados spending hours consulting civil registries, but the arrival on the market of operators such as Ancestry, MyHeritage and LivingDNA has made it possible to explore immense genealogical resources, with the growing number of users of DNA sampling kits among the general public. In addition to their ethnic background, customers can access huge genealogical databases, which are updated daily with new profiles. On this basis, American investigators have, since 2018, resorted to genetic genealogy, a method increasingly used in…