Cold Case Documentary

Shown is a screenshot from a documentary video on YouTube of the murder of Appomattox County resident Alfred Haywood “Doc” Coleman in 1978. This “cold case” has been reopened and has received a documentary by MysteriousWV.

It has been 42 years since the murder of Appomattox County resident Alfred Haywood “Doc” Coleman, a case that remains unsolved to this day. Yet this “cold case” has been reopened and has received full treatment in a documentary by MysteriousWV.

On the night of Aug. 3, 1978, Coleman, a lifelong resident of the county, was murdered at his home in the Oakville community. Although the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and reexamined it periodically when new evidence came to light, the identity of the killer was never discovered.

The present-day sheriff, Donald D. Simpson, announced in a press release, “Earlier this year a family member of Coleman requested we re-open the investigation. As part of this effort, in addition to re-interviewing witnesses and re-evaluating evidence, I enlisted the services of a professional video producer to showcase this “cold case.” Sean P. McCracken and his company MysteriouslyWV graciously produced a documentary on this case at no cost.”

The video debuted on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. on YouTube.

“It is my hope that someone in the viewing audience will watch this presentation and will provide this office with the information we need to finally bring some closure to the family of Mr. Coleman,” Simpson stated.

The 35-minute documentary video, UNSOLVED: the Murder of Alfred “Doc” Coleman, can be found at It claims that it “contains previously unreleased information” concerning Coleman’s murder.

Find out more in the upcoming issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at to view the full article in the e-edition version.