Cold Case Unit

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Arthur Collins of Manchester was sentenced to 30-years-to-life in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder Wednesday at the Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood.

The 46-year-old handyman told the judge that he fatally shot George Jodoin 14 years ago while Jodoin was sleeping in bed at home in Auburn.

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A Manchester man will plead guilty Wednesday to the 2001 fatal shooting of a pawn shop owner, making it the first conviction for the state’s Cold Case unit, which opened six years ago.

Arthur Collins, 46, was arrested back in 2012 after the state’s Cold Case unit reopened the case earlier that year. This is one of 104 unsolved homicides the unit was given to look into starting in 2009.

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the extradition of two men to New Hampshire to face charges in the deaths of two Nashua women nearly 27 years ago.

The Canadian Press reports the justices ruled Thursday on Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin.

The men are Canadian Micmac Indians who were working construction in Nashua when 48-year-old Charlene Ranstrom and 32-year-old Brenda Warner were bound, beaten and stabbed to death in their home in October 1988.

Police said new DNA evidence and witnesses justify extradition.

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In recent decades, the nation’s overall homicide rate has dropped. 2013 - the most recent year for which statistics are available - had the lowest homicide rate, 4.5 deaths per 100,000 people, since 1957.

But as NPR reported earlier this week, about one-third of murder cases go unsolved.

Investigators from three states have wrapped up their underwater search for evidence in the disappearance of a New Hampshire mother and her teenage daughter 13 years ago.

Divers and investigators from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont worked this week at a dam on the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vermont — in the very southeast corner of the state.

The 36-year-old mother and her 15-year-old daughter — Tina and Bethany Sinclair — of Chesterfield, New Hampshire were last seen in February 2001.

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It was in August of 1969 when a road crew discovered the partially decomposed body of an adult man in a small pit of water off of I-93 in Salem.

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“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky  from Crime and Punishment

In this fearless edition of Word of Mouth, we take new steps and utter new words about crime, punishment and everything in between.

Officials with New Hampshire’s “cold case unit” say that the federal funding they’ve used to operate since 2009 is about to run out – and that without further funding, they won’t be able to investigate more than a hundred still-outstanding cases.

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the New Hampshire State Police.

At the State Police Headquarters, case file boxes tower towards the ceiling in the Cold Case Unit. Volunteer Milli Knudsen says sometimes she can’t believe the way the State Police department used to investigate crimes.