Daily Archives: July 25, 2016

Potsdam Boy’s Murder Case May Hinge on Minuscule DNA Sample From Fingernail

Sign for GarrettPOTSDAM, N.Y. — A long-simmering murder case in northern New York connected to the strangulation of a 12-year-old boy is shaping up as an important legal test of a cutting-edge method of teasing DNA evidence out of microscopic amounts of biological matter.

Richard III’s missing teeth in skull may prove he DIDN’T kill Tower of London princes

lost BoysInnocent: New evidence blows a major hole in the story of Richard III and the princes in the Tower
It is one of the most dramatic and controversial tales in British history – how two young princes were murdered by their dastardly uncle so he could claim the throne for himself.

By bringing forgotten rape kits out of storage, Alaska may deliver long-overdue justice

Alaska Crime labThis year, as Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and legislators tangled over the best way to solve Alaska’s budget woes, he quietly launched a mandate to do right by Alaska’s victims of sexual assault.
Ten months ago, Walker tasked all state of Alaska departments and law enforcement agencies with the duty to collect, maintain, store and preserve sexual assault kits to find out how many kits exist that have never made it into the hands of DNA analysts for review.

Montana task force grapples with processing backlog of untested sex assault kits

backlog sexual assault kitsMISSOULA -A task force met Friday at the Montana State Crime Lab where a backlog of 1,400 untested sexual assault kits waits to be processed.
Members discussed resolving the testing delays and how to prevent it from happening again.