Ohio woman wants playing cards to publicize crimes

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Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:09 AM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A crime victim advocate's use of decks of cards intended to help solve cold-case homicides is getting a boost from some Cincinnati officials.

City officials have pledged to help Hope Dudley produce the decks of cards that she wants to get into the hands of prison inmates and others who might have information on the cases. Each card features the victim of an unsolved murder.

Dudley, who runs the support group UCanSpeakForMe, showed off the cards to members of the city council's law committee on Monday. Members pledged to promote the project and possibly use police forfeiture funds to help put more decks on the street, The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1s4Kio7 ) reported.

Dudley hopes to put 10,000 decks into the hands of anyone who might be able to help. In all, 6,000 decks have already been distributed in Ohio prisons.

"We hope by selling these cards it will generate information that will assist law enforcement and give victims' families much needed closure," said Scott Flowers, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections spokesman.

Similar decks also are being distributed in prisons in other states. Authorities say any publicity about unsolved slayings can help.

"At the back end of a homicide is a family," said Dudley, whose son's fatal shooting in 2007 remains unsolved.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com