Daily Archives: February 9, 2011

DNA makes way for mRNA in forensics

PhysOrg.com) — The use of DNA testing to identify a criminal or victim is now commonplace in crime scene investigations. However, DNA has its limits, as it cannot date a stain of bodily fluid to help investigators determine when a crime was committed. But messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) can.

New murder charge filed in Green River killings

Boston Herald
SEATTLE — Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, already serving 48 life terms for a strangling binge that made him one of the nation’s most prolific murderers, was charged Monday in yet another death after teenagers exploring a ravine south of Seattle discovered the skull of one of his earliest victims.

A look inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office cold case unit

WPTV Channel 5 NBC
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Stacks of papers, boxes, shelves and rooms are filled with Palm Beach County’s unsolved murders. Three hundred and forty three cases have officially gone cold.

New DNA Science Could Help Solve New Brighton Cold Case

CBS Minnesota
NEW BRIGHTON (WCCO) — Ten years ago, a couple stumbled upon a woman’s body in a Twin Cities park. Despite dozens hundreds of leads, police still can’t say who she was or who killed her. Now, a tiny clue just two centimeters long and crushed to near nothingness could help police finally crack a cold case.

State’s top court hears wrongful conviction damages case

Democrat and Chronicle New York
ALBANY — The lawyer for a Rochester man who spent nine years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit told the state’s highest court Tuesday that his client’s claim for restitution should be reinstated.

Storage plans for children’s DNA

Pontefract and Castleford UK
Police may be allowed to keep DNA taken from children found guilty of sexual or serious violent offences.
Up to 100 children a year could have their DNA taken and stored for over three years, according to community safety minister Fergus Ewing.

Cold cases probed for killer link

The Press Association UK
Detectives across the country are to investigate whether a killer who bludgeoned a woman to death more than 35 years ago committed other unsolved serious crimes.

DNA program reaches further

Charlotte Observer
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday said a new law authorizing the collection of DNA from suspects of violent crimes will help catch criminals and exonerate the innocent.