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A Very Cold Case

The brutal 1961 murder of patrolman Donald Martin haunted generations of Cincinnati Police Officers. Until two detectives dug into the case with open minds.

A Very Cold Case

On the wall of the main auditorium at the Cincinnati Police Academy in Lower Price Hill, a line of plaques depicts a morbid fraternity. Portraits of officers slain in the line of duty cast watchful eyes over the new recruits as they prepare to take their places in the thin blue line. In 1981, when I entered the academy, the display featured photographs. Our instructors explained the simple purpose behind the photos: Study the facts surrounding each officer’s death, we were told. Learn from these tragedies.
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