A trend of late: across the country, college students are aiding the investigation of old murder cases. One recent case involved criminal justice students in Florida who are probing a string of murders by a serial killer.
The journalism students at Hope College are credited with solving the murder of Janet Chandler, a young store clerk who was kidnapped and killed in Holland, Michigan, 27 years ago. The students conducted interviews, reviewed the media coverage of the murder, followed new leads, and made a documentary about the case, "Who Killed Janet Chandler?"
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The documentary directly led to the reinvigoration of the investigation. This week, the Holland police arrested a man for the murder.
Now that’s a page one story. And if any of the work of these students and their professors leads to convictions, then justice will even up some entries in her black ledger.
UPDATE: Five more arrests. For details and links, read this post.