Ten years ago Det. Andrew Jacobson came across case No. 82-32014. Back then it was one of many cold cases in the Hartford Police Department archives, and one of several he was working on. Only later did he start thinking about the case every day, and only recently did he start believing it could be an overlooked piece of a larger puzzle: a possible missing link in the hunt for a suspected serial killer that has haunted Hartford for decades.
But it wasn’t those later killings that drew him to it at first, nor was it the wild rumors of a cult revenge killing that briefly circulated around the case in the summer of 1982 before it went colder than a true New England winter.