• Slain musician's family mails 12,000 fliers to solve 5-year-old case

    By: Richard Elliot


    ATLANTA - The family of a 2008 murder victim mailed 12,000 filers to southeast Atlanta residents in an effort to solve the cold case crime.

    Atlanta police discovered the body of Danny Kahn inside his Hamilton Avenue offices on July 28, 2008, after employees called 911 worried they couldn't find him. Investigators determined someone beat him to death for the wad of cash he kept in his pocket to pay his workers. Kahn ran a moving company in addition to being a local musician.

    "His office was not ransacked," said Atlanta police Detective Kevin Otts, who's worked the case for five years. "The only thing missing was the money he should've had in his pocket for his employees at the end of the day. Somebody knew he'd have a large sum of money in his pocket, and that's the only thing that was missing."

    Despite interviewing virtually every one of Kahn's past and present employees, checking phone records and looking into Kahn's history, police were unable to solve the crime.

    Now, five years later, Kahn's sister, working with Otts, sent out thousands of fliers targeting people in and around southeast Atlanta. The flier offers a $20,000 reward along with Otts' phone number and email address.

    "I hope it's helpful," Deborah Kahn said from her home in Maryland. "It's five years since my brother was murdered. It's always on my mind. It's always raw and fresh. I was just thinking about how I could get interest again."

    Deborah Kahn said it took a full year to design the fliers, get input from APD, work with the mass mailing company, and finally consult with the U.S. Post Office before she could send out the fliers.

    Otts said he's never seen anything quite like it.

    "It's the first time I've heard of it in six years I've been in the Homicide Unit," Otts said. "First time I've heard of a family going to his extent."

    APD also put up posters around Southeast Atlanta hoping that will lead to some tips.

    "The family's not going to give up," Otts said. "I promised them I wouldn't either."

    If you have any information about Kahn's death, call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or Otts at 404-626-8766.

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