A deck of 52 cards is usually meant for playing games, but there are some card decks in the U.S. that are meant to solve violent crimes.

State prison systems and local law enforcement agencies have replaced the faces traditional playing card decks with images of missing and murdered people and then distributed those cards throughout prisons, hoping someone will recognize a case and come forward with information.

Some of the unsolved cases in a deck are so old, investigators have no choice but to show their hand in the hopes of getting killers to fold.

In audiochuck’s new weekly show, host Ashley Flowers is revealing the stories behind some of the cards with the help of detectives and victim’s family members who have gone on record hoping to see justice served.

You’ll hear from investigators, family members and community advocates who have never given up hope that cases with clues few and far between, can be solved.

All of The Deck stories are still being written…they don’t have closure. Investigators are rolling the dice by putting critical information out there and hoping the gamble pays off.

The Deck Playing Card

Mission Statement

Ashley Flowers

Ashley Flowers is the Founder and CEO of audiochuck, a female-focused podcast network, home to both scripted and unscripted podcasts in the crime space. Ashley is also the author of the New York Times bestseller All Good People Herea fictional crime thriller novel.

Ashley was born and raised in the midwest and has been true-crime obsessed since birth. She grew up with aspirations of becoming a detective and solving cold cases, and ultimately went to college at Arizona State University to study biomedical research. After college, she got a job doing genetics research at the University of Notre Dame. She eventually moved into software sales, and was working at a local software company in Indiana when she was drawn to the idea of working back in her original passion, and began producing the podcast.

In what little free time she has, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and their beloved dog, Chuck. She also credits exercise — like hiking or hot yoga — as a method to de-stress from the emotional work of researching heavy crime cases.