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Case Study: Solving the Bernhardt double-homicide cold case
On a cold, snowy night in Billings, Mont., someone entered the home of Clifford and Linda Bernhardt and brutally murdered them.

The Bernhardt's, both just 24 years old, were supposed to attend a family dinner on the evening of Nov. 6, 1973, but at the last minute turned down the invitation. The next day, Linda’s mother stopped by the house after being informed her daughter had not shown up for work. It was there she found her son-in-law face down in a pool of blood and her daughter dead in a separate bedroom. Linda had been sexually assaulted, her clothes torn away. There was evidence that the murderer was someone known to them, as there were place settings for a meal for three.

The case haunted Billings for the next four decades, and investigators and family members would never stop chasing one simple, unanswered question: Who killed the Bernhardts?

Forty-five years later, they have an answer. And as it turns out, the alleged killer is dead, too.

In this case study presentation, we are joined by Greg Cooper and Dean Jackson from the Cold Case Foundation, who were asked to join alongside the investigators at Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department as they worked this case.

This presentation highlights the investigative techniques and procedures employed to help solve the case, as well as a model for how the Cold Case Foundation works with Law Enforcement agencies to solve cold cases.


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**This webinar is limited to active law enforcement and military personnel only. You must register with your agency email address or your registration will be denied.

Feb 9, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

GREGORY M. COOPER
Executive Director @Cold Case Foundation
Greg Cooper has worked as an FBI Profiler, Law Enforcement Administrator, Police Training/Instructor, University/College Professor, and an International and Domestic Threat Assessment Advisor. He is an expert in Criminal Profiling, Prescriptive Interviewing and Interrogation, Investigations, and Multi-Agency Investigative Task Force consultation. Cooper has given Expert Witness testimony based on his work in serial crimes and cases involving homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, terrorism, political corruption, white collar crime, product tampering, abduction, arson, and bombing.
DEAN L. JACKSON
Deputy Executive Director @Cold Case Foundation
Dean has more than 30 years of experience working in both the non-profit world and Law Enforcement. He has an extensive list of credentials and thousands of hours of experience in Cold Case Homicide Investigation, Critical Incident Stress Management, Death Notification and Cold Case Management. Dean has debriefed first responders after numerous critical incidents including fatal accidents, suicides, officer-involved shootings, homicides, sexual assaults, equivocal deaths and officer deaths. Dean is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Cold Case Foundation, Lead Consultant at the Jackson Consulting Group, a member of the Utah Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team, an accredited instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and a frequent guest lecturer/trainer.