Police to collect DNA samples from all men in village where woman was murdered

by jeeg 31. December 2014 21:12
  Police hunting for the killer of a grandmother who was bludgeoned to death with a hammer a year ago, have asked all men in the village where she was killed to give a DNA sample. Artist Valerie Graves, 55, is believed to have been murdered with a claw hammer at a property in Smugglers Lan... [More]

In Search for Killer, DNA Sweep Exposes Intimate Family Secrets in Italy

by jeeg 30. July 2014 00:51
  The body of Yara Gambirasio, a 13-year-old student, was found on a chilly day in a quiet northern city in Lombardy in February 2011, three months after she was reported missing following a gymnastics practice. The autopsy showed she had been beaten but not sexually abused, stabbed several ... [More]

Drivers pulled over, asked for DNA and blood samples by federal contractors

by jeeg 20. November 2013 23:12
  Drivers in North Fort Worth, Texas, are being pulled over at a police roadblock and asked for saliva, blood and breath samples. They are offered $10 for a cheek-swab DNA sample, $50 for a blood sample, and nothing for a breath sample — since passive alcohol sensors gather that info... [More]

Request for DNA questioned in fatal bus stop crash

by jeeg 12. March 2013 00:07
Defense attorneys are questioning the motives of authorities who on Friday requested the DNA of Gary Lee Hosey Jr.'s passengers in the crash that left four dead and eight injured in September. Hosey's lawyers, Kristina Wildeveld and Dayvid Figler, said their client told police that he was the... [More]

French police to DNA test entire male population of village in hunt for serial firebug who torched holiday homes popular with Brits

by jeeg 12. February 2013 22:25
The entire adult male population of a small village in northwest France are to be DNA tested in a bid to identify a firebug who has destroyed eight properties over the past year, including holiday homes rented out to British tourists.   Four hundred Frenchmen aged between 15 and 75, rep... [More]

Should feds adopt a DNA program that cracked a 1999 Dutch murder case?

by jeeg 8. February 2013 22:08
The National Academy of Sciences unsuccessfully recommended the federal government establish an independent agency for advancing forensic science similar to one in the Netherlands that recently helped authorities conduct a DNA sweep to nab a rapist who in 1999 murdered a 16-year-old.   ... [More]

Forensic DNA Could Make Criminal Justice Less Fair

by jeeg 10. October 2011 20:24
Forensic DNA databases are a potentially powerful law enforcement tool, but may disproportionately target poor and dark-skinned wrongdoers, biotechnologically magnifying flaws in criminal justice systems. “Forensic DNA databases are growing to mirror racial disparities in arrest practic... [More]

DNA on verge of describing crooks' looks

by jeeg 6. January 2011 21:06
Killers and crooks, clean up after yourselves. Scientists appear to be on the cusp of being able to develop physical descriptions of criminal suspects based on an analysis of the DNA left behind at a crime scene. The latest breakthrough in this emerging field, known as forensic phenotyping... [More]

The Grim Sleeper and DNA: There's much to be concerned about

by jeeg 13. July 2010 05:24
DNA evidence was undeniably the key to the arrest and charging of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., believed to be the Grim Sleeper responsible for a string of slayings in Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. Many will cite this use of DNA evidence in a high-profile serial murder case as one more reaso... [More]
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