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Mounties pledge to review cold-case female slayings
« on: August 02, 2009, 10:02:34 PM »
WINNIPEG -- Given all the speculation and fear a serial killer is preying on women in Manitoba, Mounties have started the massive task of reviewing all unsolved slayings of females in its jurisdiction.

RCMP are reviewing their own files in response to public concerns and to find out if there are any links between slayings for which no one has been charged.

Winnipeg Police Service will conduct its own review of its cold cases.

Sgt. Line Karpish, an RCMP spokesman, said it's not yet known how many cases will be revisited by D Division's five-member historical case unit.

"We're doing it because we want to reassure the public that we're a competent police force, that we do detailed investigations and to make sure nothing was missed," Karpish said.

Some cases are decades old and contain enough files to fill a single room, Karpish said.

For several months, the officers will examine thousands of documents, taking as much time as they need, Karpish said.

"It's going to be a timely exercise," she said. "Some of these files are very voluminous."

Karpish said the RCMP's violent crime linkage analysis system, based in Winnipeg, will be used to determine potential connections between the unsolved cases and other murders in Manitoba and beyond.

The computer system assists investigators to identify serial crimes and criminals, the RCMP said.

Depending on what the officers uncover, if anything, during this review, it may require additional police work, Karpish said.

If the officers determine some evidence has not yet been sent for DNA testing, that will be done, she said.

Both Winnipeg police and RCMP have previously said their investigators have no evidence to suggest a serial killer is at work.

That, however, has done little to quell speculation and fear, which arose from the number of females who've been murdered or disappeared in the last three decades.

Many of those females were aboriginal and/or involved in the sex trade.

The RCMP historical case unit conducted a similarly massive task in 2006, when it reviewed all unsolved missing persons cases, including those where foul play was suspected, Karpish said.