Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

27 years after Topeka rape, DNA databank finds match to potential suspect

The Topeka Police Cold Case Unit wasn’t sure they had any DNA evidence left in the 1985 unsolved rape of a woman in downtown Topeka.
If they had evidence, there’d be no guarantee they could get usable test results.
And if they could test it, there’d be a chance the DNA profile wouldn’t match anyone currently entered into CODIS, the national DNA databank.

One-Hour DNA Tests Headed to Homeland Security this Summer

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Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM, a forensics company, unveiled a new rapid DNA testing technology that they say can help identify suspects, reduce rape-kit backlogs, and aid in disaster recovery efforts. Kits will be distributed to agencies this summer, they announced at a recent Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Lingering mysteries surround case of John Wayne Gacy

The remains of seven unknown men lie in wait in a vault in the North Texas University Forensic sciences lab. Each of them, at the time of their deaths, were young men with individual and unique stories. Yet, they all share the same ending: they all somehow ended up underneath the home of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.