The passing of time can be a cruel part of life.

If you’re a loved one of a homicide victim in a case that has gone unsolved from one year to so many other years, it certainly can be paralyzing memories.

Leeanne Wilson and Shana Norton can’t imagine what it must be like for a family to have no sense of closure for a murder when the case remains cold and someone has gotten away, at least to now, with murder.

The loss of a loved one is devastating enough, but to know that nobody has been held accountable, well, that’s quite another level of pain to endure.

To help keep local cold cases on the minds of residents, Wilson, a nurse, and Norton, a deputy coroner for the Hardin County Coroner’s Office, have started a podcast, Voiceless Victims, looking at unsolved crime in Hardin County, particularly murders.

At the heart of what they will do, is be a voice for the victims.

“Victims do not have a voice anymore. They’re gone and they need justice and they deserve to have that justice for their peace and their family deserves that peace,” Wilson said.

The podcast, which is expected to be weekly and last between 30 to 60 minutes in length, can be heard at and will be available free, at least initially.

Wilson and Norton will interview investigators in the cases and bring many cases that rarely have been discussed publicly to the public’s forefront.

They hope to make people think about the cases with the possibility that someone will remember something about the cases that could aid investigators. They will deal only in case facts and not rumors or theories, they said.

The first podcast will be on the 1992 killing of Elena Sanchez Hawkins, 29, inside of her Bardstown Road residence not far from the Nelson County line.

Hawkins, who was found the morning of Jan. 8, 1992, had been sexually assaulted, had her hands tied behind her back and her throat slashed in the living room of the home.

“The purpose of this is to just bring these cases back to life,” Norton said.

It’s quite an undertaking and they should be complimented for trying to ease the pain of people they don’t know and may never meet.

The podcast could strike a nerve, stir an idea or trigger a memory in people that could aid investigators down a road that to date has been undiscovered. Helping to solve a murder case would be a quite a way to bring a voice to victims.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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