Chatham University

Chatham University Criminology News & Publications

Cold Case Clubs at Chatham University

Chatham University has joined two nationally recognized cold case groups in which students have the opportunity to work on real, unsolved murder and missing person investigations.

The first group we work in tandem with is called the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) in Atlanta, Georgia. CCIRI began in 2005 and now involves collaboration among at least 20 educational institutions around the country. The student chapter of CCIRI is called: Chatham University's Society for Cold Case Research.

The second group is called The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), an "elite" organization of professional investigators whose sole mission is to "actively assist law enforcement, criminal justice and legal professionals in the development of cold case investigations..." AISOCC-Chatham University, a student version of the AISOCC, conducted an investigation of the unsolved Tennessee murder case of 18-year old Wendy Welborn. AISOCC-Chatham university students gathered case file documents and materials for review and spent two semesters working on the case as a team. We recently began working on two new cases for the 2016-2017 school year.

Monograph Publication

The monograph is titled, Mass and Serial Murder In America was written by Dr. Christine Sarteschi and is now in press.

From the publisher: This timely reference examines the psychological and social phenomena of mass and serial murder, bringing scholarly depth to a frequently sensationalized subject. Its review of the literature features case studies of serial and mass murderers to expand on salient theories of evil, with biopsychosocial profiles highlighting core personality traits, particularly malignant narcissism, associated with psychopathy and its often deadly outcomes. The author's insightful analysis separates misconceptions from reality, poses questions for critical thinking and discussion, and offers realistic suggestions for prevention. Public fascination with these violent figures-the mystique of serial killers and their popularity in the entertainment media-is explored as well.

Here is a link to the publisher with more information about the brief, http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319442808