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How Do I Find an Old Murder Case?

Updated October 30, 2018

Finding old case records is difficult and many websites ask for a fee to access their records. You can find the general details of an old murder case by using a few different sources, possibly for free.

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Search Engines

If used correctly, search engines are a great resource for finding details of old cases. Some search engines allow you to search their old news archives. If you have a name, location and year of the murder, you can find the reported details of the case. There is a chance the murder went unreported, but that is unlikely given the crime's severity.

Free Websites

Attorneys search case law when taking on clients to find rulings on similar cases. There are many websites dedicated to providing this service. They let you search old case records, and you can usually access recent cases without paying a fee. If you have the key details, you can pull up detailed legal information using these websites.

Local News

If you have a date, you can search your local newspaper's archives around the time of the murder. Some information may not be available online, so you may have to contact the newspaper directly to see if they have any records for the case you need.

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About the Author

Lee Johnson has written for various publications and websites since 2005, covering science, music and a wide range of topics. He studies physics at the Open University, with a particular interest in quantum physics and cosmology. He's based in the UK and drinks too much tea.

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