"The Cold Case of Alexander Harris"
A submitted blog by Alice de Sturler

About the Author

Alice is a true crime blogger and blog coach based in the New River Valley in Virginia. Her blog, Defrosting Cold Caseshas been named among the 2013 and 2014 American Bar Association's Top 100 Blawgs in the category of criminal justice.  It has more than 1050 posts about unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. 

Alice's second blog,  Your Blog Coach  is about blogging (tips and inspiration) and crime fiction. Her third blog, The Sampleris dedicated to local artists and writers from the greater New River Valley. It gets updated during the spring and summer following visits to galleries, street fairs, and other events.

Alice is a proud member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases. She  is currently writing her first full novel length book under the working title, “The Third Mistress.


The following is a work of true crime and may contain material that is disturbing to some readers. No visual graphics are used throughout the piece.

The Cold Case of Alexander Harris

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Every time we take an exonerated person out of the crime equation we could face a cold case if there are no new leads. This is what happened with Alexander Harris’ murder case. This child’s unsolved murder will forever be connected to the Howard Lee Haupt trial. But Mr. Haupt was cleared and we have absolutely no leads to find Alexander’s murderer. With Haupt’s acquittal, we face a cold case.

Let me take you back to 1987.