New Playing Cards for Inmates Designed to Crack Cold Cases

By Anna Schecter

Jul 24, 2007 12:04pm

Florida’s attorney general teamed up with state law enforcement to implement a new and innovative way to crack the state’s unsolved cold cases. Approximately 100,000 decks of playing cards featuring photographs and factual information about unsolved homicide or missing person cases will be distributed to prisoners throughout the state starting today. The initiative was inspired by playing cards distributed to U.S. troops in Iraq featuring the country’s most wanted fugitives. In 2005, a group of law enforcement professionals in Florida’s Polk County, impressed by the Iraqi fugitive cards, developed a deck of local unsolved cold cases and distributed them in the Polk County Jail.  The cards led to the arrest of two individuals allegedly involved in the 2004 murder of Thomas Wayne Grammar after an inmate saw Grammar featured on the three of spades and provided a tip to authorities. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The toll-free number for each case’s local Crime Stoppers chapter is featured on each card, and every inmate will be given access to a phone in order to contact Crime Stoppers. "If these cards help us crack even one cold case, the families and loved ones of the victim or victims will have some measure of closure in their lives," said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Click here to see the 104 cards on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Web site. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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