'Cold': Devastating fire left few digital clues

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 10:04 a.m.


    I agree with you. The articles (I really don't listen to podcasts); have clearly proven that what I have claimed all along is true; that Maxwell (the lead investigator) had only one thought; and one motive. He thought that Josh was guilty of murdering Susan. That one thought so sure of himself led him to the one motive; how to get Josh to admit to the murder.

    Every action taken by the police was carefully calculated to break Josh emotionally into admitting to a murder (as Mark Hacking did just some weeks or months prior). This has been proven by this "Cold" series.

    IMHO then, the failing of Maxwell was only really one failing. Hoping to break him emotionally; Maxwell let Josh go at the very beginning; when he could have and should have arrested Josh on child endangerment charges. Then, his children would have been safe, could potentially have told what they knew; Josh would have been in a holding cell and not able to drive a rented vehicle 600 miles; etc. etc. etc.

    As is said "a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush." Josh could have been in their hand on child endangerment; even though there was no evidence of murder.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    Is this the last in the series? They opened with the bare-bones facts of the case (what was already public knowledge); claimed they were going to go through the evidence that was data dropped publicly when the active investigation was halted. And now they have arrived at the deaths of Josh and Michael. Seems like a good ending.

    Yet, I know there was more evidence in that data dump that they have not written about. I hope this isn't the last article; and that they do get to those other facts.


    I don't know why they bothered saving the RAM chips; those aren't designed to "store" any information; contrary to popular belief; they are not "memory" in the sense we think about human memory. They are much more like a stomach--designed for holding quantities of data only while it is being processed. Once the power goes off; everything is lost. It may remain for a few seconds; even a few minutes if you freeze the RAM sticks (but the fire would have provided the opposite effect).

    Hard drives and thumb drives, though, those are the real "memory" of a computer. I can understand why they would try to get data off those.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    After listening to the podcast and reading associated articles, I am convinced that Detective Maxwell dropped the ball.

    He didn't think ahead, he let Josh determine the direction and pace of the investigation.

    He was not proactive enough to get ahead of the game.

    Maybe even if he was, the outcome would have been the same but as a retired cop, he could have done much more earlier. He lost opportunities by dragging his feet.