April 2010

Detective Work

I loved the article on detective Randy Hansen's role in Aaroné Thompson's murder case ["Gone," February]. I think Lindsey Koehler caught a lot of the angst that detectives feel. We go home at night thinking about our cases and wake up thinking about our cases.

I have witnessed several divorces over the years because a case so consumed the investigator it took priority over the marriage and everything else in life. Unsolved cases continue to haunt investigators long past their retirements. If there are any regrets in their careers, it isn't about lost opportunities or missing a promotion—it's about their "failure" to solve a case for the families and friends, but most of all for the victim. It was wonderful to see that intensity captured in Koehler's article.
Sandy Kline
Retired sergeant, Houston PD

Thank you for honoring Aaroné Thompson, detective Randy Hansen, and the Aurora Police Department in your article. It was well-written and heartfelt. I am a 15-year veteran, and your words served to choke me up a little and remind me of why I continue to serve as a police officer. It is because of people like Randy Hansen.
Mike Hawkins
Officer, Aurora PD

I am an Aurora police officer, and I wanted to say that Lindsey Koehler did an outstanding investigation for her well-written article "Gone." She not only detailed the Aaroné case but also the effect that police work has on a cop's personal life. I barely know Randy Hansen, but I respect him and everyone who works in our Crimes Against Children unit.
Daniel Clark
via e-mail

I just finished Lindsey Koehler's article "Gone," and I wanted to express my admiration. As someone with a BA in journalism, I probably read with a more critical eye than most. Your humanistic and respectful approach with the story paid tribute to the victim and to the dedicated detective.
Geraldine Treacy
via e-mail

A Penny Saved

If everybody who is finding it difficult to pay their bills during these economic times would follow Ms. Dugdale's example ["Denver's Best Bargains," February] they would be amazed how far they could stretch their food dollar. Bring your lunch to work. Buy store brands. Buy real food. Cut out daily desserts. Avoid Starbucks. Eat out less often. Yes, it means preparing meals, but look at the benefits: fewer preservatives, healthier food, fewer calories. It's a novel thought for today's younger generation, but this is how their grandparents lived, and they survived just fine.
Elaine Hanak-Hall
via e-mail

In February's "Red Alert" we reported that Daniel Mosley is 69 years old. He is 62. We regret the error.