Daily Archives: May 30, 2018

The Ethics Behind Using Genealogy Websites to Find Crime Suspects

In April, the Golden State Killer, a former police officer responsible for a series of rapes and murders in the 1970s and ’80s, was finally caught — thanks to a genealogy website.
Armed with the killer’s DNA from various crime scenes, detectives used a website called GEDmatch to track down possible relatives who had similar genetics. This ultimately led them to a handful of suspects, one of whom fit the rest of the clues: Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old man living in a quiet neighborhood of Sacramento, California. Investigators were then able to collect a tiny bit of the man’s DNA, taken from something he had thrown away, and then use this genetic material to confirm that he was the Golden State Killer.

Overall DNA-Data Harvesting for Chechens to Help Search for Children Kidnapped by ISIS

The head of the Chechen Republic has ordered an “overall DNA harvesting” to help identify and retrieve Russian children who had been taken to terrorist-control territories in the Middle East.
“We are now actively working to establish the fates of Russian citizens – women and children – who have ended up in Iraq and Syria, and help them to return. At present, in order secure the return to Russia of children who were born in Middle Eastern countries, I have ordered a collective gathering of DNA test material,” Ramzan Kadyrov wrote in his latest post on popular Russian social network, Vkontakte.

As state clears sex assault kit backlog, teams work to empower victims

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The last batch of unsubmitted sexual assault kits has been sent to labs for testing, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Tuesday.
Schimel says testing will be complete by the end of 2018. Clearing the backlog of cases was the mission of Wisconsin’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.

Russian authorities asked New Zealand police to search DNA database in hunt for Russian serial killer

Russian authorities hunting a serial killer asked New Zealand police to search their DNA database in a bid to catch the dangerous and wanted murderer.
The request is one of at least 38 for DNA searches made to New Zealand police from international law enforcement agencies hunting foreign killers and criminals since a law change in 2016.