Police Hope Playing Cards Will Help Solve Cold Cases

A new initiative aimed at closing unsolved criminal cases has been unveiled by Kentucky State Police.

Nine thousand decks of playing cards, with the names and faces of murdered and missing Kentuckians on the 52 cards in each deck, are being distributed to prison inmates statewide.

KSP Commander Rodney Brewer hopes the cards will spark tips that help solve the crimes.

“They were specifically developed to target one target audience and that is our inmate population in our penal institutions and some select jails throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, because obviously that is where many of the criminal elements congregate. That’s where they talk, and interact, and exchange information on a daily basis,” he said.

Each playing card also carries a telephone number and web address where information about the cold cases can be reported. Commissioner Brewer says similar initiatives in Florida, Texas, California, Washington and Illinois have shown promising results.

The cards can be seen here.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.