Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

DNA stored in police fridge for 21 years credited with cracking case


Toronto News
The hunt by GTA police for killer and rapist Alexander Winston Sylvester began 30 years ago, at a time when there were no computerized police data banks or DNA testing.

FBI joins high-tech murder


Stuff.co New Zealand
DNA evidence collected as part of the long-running police investigation into the brutal knife murder of Matthew Hall in Wellington is being tested by the FBI and Australian federal police.

Increasing Efficiency of Forensic DNA Casework using lean Six Sigma tools


This report is the result of NIJ-funded projects but has not been published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

DNA clues helping to solve cold case in Palm Harbor


Tampa Bay.com
There was no DNA testing in criminal cases in 1971. For years, the Justi case lingered, passing through the hands of at least a dozen Pinellas detectives. During that time, DNA science and techniques advanced. States started creating databases, which were shared with the FBI to create a national DNA database called CODIS.

DNA Experts Highlight Problems With Knox Case


New York Times
PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — The investigators who collected the genetic evidence used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murder in Italy made a series of glaring errors, including using a dirty glove and not wearing caps, two independent forensic experts said Monday.

MSU prof investigating mishandled rape kits


EAST LANSING – Rebecca Campbell has spent two decades asking questions about rape victims’ interactions with the agencies and individuals that are supposed to help them.