Someone Knows

Highlighting South Dakota's Cold Cases

Non-Fiction - True Crime
294 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2023
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

“When I close my eyes, I see you, when I open my eyes, I miss you.” Someone Knows: Highlighting South Dakota’s Cold Cases is a true crime account by Christine Mager Wevik. These fifty-two cold cases are of missing persons and unsolved murders. Many of these victims are Native Americans or indigenous people whose lives may seem insignificant to others, but they had families and friends who loved them. As I read one cold case after the other and stared at each victim’s picture, I realized how close they were to their families but probably were too trusting and friendly to strangers who did them harm. Sexual assault and domestic violence are the most prevalent crimes against Indigenous women in South Dakota. The information on each case is brief, but it made me think of possible reasons why people go missing. Many of the victims lived in small rural towns in South Dakota. Could they be the victims of organ harvesting or human trafficking? These rural communities could have secluded hideaways for someone to commit such heinous crimes without attracting attention. But someone knows.

“It’s sad when people you know become people you knew.” Families and friends were invited by Christine Mager Wevik to write letters to the victims. These letters were very emotional and heartfelt, expressing the grief that will never go away and the closure that may never come. There are over one hundred and fifty cold cases that Wevik has researched to bring to the public’s attention in the hope that persons reading about them might remember something or someone that can help to solve these cases. Contact numbers and links are attached to each victim’s case, should someone have information or leads to help the relevant authorities. Sadly, many grieving relatives have passed away without closure; some cases are over forty years old. If your loved one’s case is not mentioned and you want to see it featured in an upcoming edition, please get in touch with Wevik through her website. Someone knows. Do you? Is it you?