Ryan Backmann

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke on the phone with Politifact senior correspondent Lou Jacobson about their annual “Lie of the Year” award. Project Cold Case Incorporated Founder Ryan Backmann and 

Jacksonville resident joined the show to talk about the book “Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case.” We were also joined by Joy D’Elia and Tommy Bledsoe from the St. Augustine Ballet to discuss this weekend’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Also, Jacksonville singer Mama Blue performed in studio. 

Aaron Bean

Last year, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that state lawmakers had approved asking for $50,000 to create a task force to study Florida’s cold case practices.

For Ryan Backmann, creator of the cold case database, getting the bill passed is personal.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.