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Will AMU’s Investigative Team Take on the Unsolved Murder of Linda Malcom?

This is the first episode in Season 3 of Break the Case.

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In the fall of 2022, the AMU Cold Case Investigative Team started seeking out a case for our next investigation. We publicized a case submission form, asking people to submit unsolved murders to us for consideration. We received dozens of submissions and spent weeks conducting preliminary research on each of them.   

Linda Malcom, photo used with permission by C. Booker

One case kept rising to the top of the pile. It was the 2008 murder of Linda Malcom, a Navy veteran who had been stabbed in her home, which was then set on fire. No arrests had ever been made and the case seemingly went cold after a couple of years.

Linda’s case was submitted to us by her nephew, Mike Booker, who also happened to be an AMU student. The circumstances surrounding Linda’s murder intrigued our lead investigators, Jennifer Bucholtz and George Jared, who decided to reach out to the family.  

Mike Booker (L) and his mother, Cindy Booker, along with other members of Linda’s family, have spent 15 years not knowing who killed her. Photo used with permission from M. Booker.

In this first episode, follow the team’s initial steps into this investigation and listen to their first conversation with Mike Booker and his mom, Cindy Booker, Linda’s sister.

Hear from Jen and George, along with our new investigator, Melissa Sandberg, as they learn more about Linda, her lifestyle, and the circumstances of her murder. Will AMU’s Cold Case Team successfully help law enforcement “Break the Case” for Linda Malcom’s family?

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Anyone with information about the death of Linda Malcom can email our confidential tip line or call Detective Walton of the Port Orchard Police Department at 360-876-1700. All tipsters are guaranteed confidentiality and anonymity if they wish.

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Jennifer Bucholtz

Jennifer Bucholtz is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent and a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice, a master of arts in criminal justice and a master of science in forensic sciences. Bucholtz has an extensive background in U.S. military and Department of Defense counterintelligence operations. Bucholtz has also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses in criminal justice and forensic sciences. Additionally, she is a sworn civilian investigator for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and host of AMU’s investigative podcast Break the Case. You can contact her at

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