The websites of various law enforcement agencies provide reports and data on the number of murders in Kentucky by year. Year after year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation publishes a Uniform Crime Report detailing the sort of crimes committed, crime level, and location of each crime that is committed in every state. In addition to the FBI’s archived reports, Project: Cold Case has a page on their website sharing the number of homicides in every state from 1980-2019, as well as having a public database full of almost 25,000 unsolved murders. According to Project: Cold Case, there were roughly 12,242 murders in Kentucky alone between 1980 and 2019. About 9,220 of these murders have been resolved over the years, and sadly, there are still around 3,022 murders in Kentucky that remain unsolved to this day.
A few examples of the numerous unsolved murders in northern Kentucky include the 1974 murder of Elvin Wilkerson, the 1978 murder of Raymond Scott McKenzie, the 1994 murder of Evelyn Fleck, the 1976 abduction and murder of Carol Sue Klaber, and the 2011 double murder of William and Peggy Stephenson, along with others that remain unsolved. Also included in the lists of cold cases on various law enforcement and investigating agencies’ websites are some of the many unsolved central Kentucky murders, which include the 1983 murder of Christine Castiglione, the 1975 murder of Michael Painter, the 1982 murder of Kimberly Louiselle, the 1992 murder of Elena Sanchez Hawkins, and the 1995 murder of Jane Elswick, among many others. Although Franklin County boasts a population of well over 51,000 inhabitants, and Frankfort’s population is over 27,000, there currently is no database or website listing any murders in Franklin County, Kentucky, or murders in Frankfort, Kentucky. The lack of easily available information regarding murders in both Frankfort, Kentucky, and Franklin County, Kentucky, is exactly the problem that we are trying to help resolve at Uncovered.