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  • Trail of the Gun

    After a wave of gun violence in Seattle, KING 5 examined some of the most basic techniques that police use to solve gun crimes. By analyzing documents received through public records requests the television station learned that most large police departments in Washington state are not conducting routine ballistics tests on the so-called “crime guns” they seize from suspects and crime scenes. This means that guns, that could hold clues to unsolved crimes, are sitting right under investigators’ noses in their own evidence rooms. The investigative series "Trail of the Gun" also unearthed the results of federal firearms “traces”, which police use to determine how a gun ended up in the hands of a criminal. These trace results revealed that a large number of Seattle’s crime guns came from an unexpected place. After the stories aired, several large police departments pledged to begin ballistics testing programs for their crime guns. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms offered to assist local police agencies to test every gun in their evidence rooms. And, the feds unveiled a warrant targeting one of the gun dealers identified in the series.
  • Speak No Evil

    Early in the summer of 2005, Kansas City police predicted a record year for homicides. At the time, more than half of those murders were unsolved, and police blamed citizens who knew about the crimes but wouldn't come forward as a witness. This story exposes some of the reasons why people were reluctant to cooperate with police investigations -- including a vocal "Stop Snitchin'" movement.
  • Justice at Last?

    "'Justice at Last?' is a follow-up investigative report examining two unsolved civil rights murder cases from the 1960's in the deep south. 'Justice at Last?' presents significant new developments in a 20/20 investigation which earlier resulted in the 1999 broadcast of 'Justice Delayed' - the original installment of the investigation." This report "features the discovery of an FBI murder investigation file which the FBI believed was destroyed in 1977. The 20/20 investigation obtained an unredacted copy of this file, which includes tremendous detail of the case of the 1964 murder of two black youths, Charles Moore and Henry Dee."
  • Forgotten Souls

    An investigation by The Lawton Constitution reveals only 21 percent of he 14 homicides or mysterious deaths reported in Comanche County have been solved. The series explains why the county sherrifs have had difficulties solving the crimes. Also, the series profiles many of the families of the murder victims.