Booktalk: Boulder historian Silvia Pettem’s “Cold Case Chronicles. Mysteries, Murders & The Missing”

“Cold Case Chronicles” tells the stories of victims – some missing, some murdered and some with changed identities. All are true, and each are mysterious in their own ways. The cases in this nonfiction narrative date from 1910 through the 1950s and include an evolution in forensics, as well as historical context in order to view the men, women and children through the lens of time.”


One of these new forensic tools is genetic genealogy, the use of DNA testing (often using commercial home kits) to determine relationships between individuals, find genetic matches and discover one’s ancestry.
In addition to her true crime books, Silvia is a longtime newspaper columnist and author of more than 20 books. Though she is not a member of law enforcement, she works with them, has written a book for them and is credited with doing the lion’s share of the research on a famous Boulder Jane Doe case (“Someone’s Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe”).   For more information, see     


Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for more than 25 years.