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Case Description


File Number: 56-03021


The Victim: Nathaniel Abrams, 25 years old, shot and killed 01/02/1956.


The Crime: At approximately 10:40 p.m. on 01/02/1956, CSPD dispatch received a call that a man had been shot in the alley in front of 25 South Burns Place. Officers arriving on the scene discovered a male lying face down in a pool of blood. The victim was identified as Nathaniel Abrams, 25 years old.  Mr. Abrams was a soldier stationed at Ft. Carson. Autopsy, conducted at the US Army Hospital Ft. Carson, concluded manner of death was homicide resulting from multiple gunshots.


Mr. Abrams had just returned from his home residence of record in Chicago, where he had been on military leave for the holidays. He checked his traveling bag at the Young Man?s Social Club at 25 South Burns Place at approximately 10:15 p.m.  He was accompanied by another man that he introduced around as his friend (or uncle) from Chicago. The two men socialized with a few patrons of the club for a short while then left with the expressed intent to get a bottle.  A few minutes after they departed Mr. Abrams was shot to death in the alley in front of the club.  Several individuals in the club provided a description of the man that was accompanying Mr. Abrams and said that they would be able to identify him if they saw him again. He never returned to the club that night and had simply disappeared.


As of this date, the investigation into Mr. Abrams death remains open.


The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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