in Grenoble, in an aging prefabricated building, four obstinate investigators

REPORT – Created in January 2021, the cold case group is entirely dedicated to a dozen unresolved cases, sometimes closed and then reopened, and, for some of them, over thirty years old.

The room is cramped. A few square meters, at most, where dozens of files, classified by name, are stored on metal shelves lit by neon. Some have hundreds of pages, which colorful folders struggle to contain. Others are more succinct. All concern blood crimes and unresolved kidnappings, on which the investigators of the “cold cases” group of the Grenoble research section, a unit of the gendarmerie are working.

Created in January 2021, the group has four investigators, three of whom have cut their teeth on high-profile criminal cases. They are entirely dedicated to a dozen unresolved cases, sometimes closed, then reopened, and, for some of them, over thirty years old.

Far from the shining imagination that surrounds the world of “cold cases”, built with a lot of television series, the daily life of these specialized police officers is quite different. They are often shared between

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