Category Archives: Cold Cases

Framed for Murder By His Own DNA

When the DNA results came back, even Lukis Anderson thought he might have committed the murder.
“I drink a lot,” he remembers telling public defender Kelley Kulick as they sat in a plain interview room at the Santa Clara County, California, jail. Sometimes he blacked out, so it was possible he did something he didn’t remember. “Maybe I did do it.”
Kulick shushed him. If she was going to keep her new client off death row, he couldn’t go around saying things like that. But she agreed. It looked bad.

DNA ties ‘killer clown’ to getaway car in 27-year-old cold case, prosecutors say

Florida investigators on Thursday released DNA evidence that they say helped lead to the arrest of a woman suspected of dressing up as a clown and fatally shooting her future husband’s then-wife 27 years ago.
Palm Beach County prosecutors said that recent forensic tests conducted by the FBI concluded that hair fibers found in a suspected getaway car could have come from Sheila Keen Warren.

DNA helps Green Bay Police solve 3 ‘scary’ cold cases in 1 month

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Green Bay Police have helped solve three cold cases in the past month, all thanks to DNA evidence.
The cases are sexual assaults in which a stranger attacked a woman.
“They’re difficult ones, the scary ones to try to solve, because it’s hard to find the suspect,” said Commander Jim Runge with the Green Bay Police Dept.
Two of the cases date back to 2011. One case is from 2014.
In all three cases, police had no good leads. That’s until DNA from the attacker was collected and entered into the national DNA database.

Dutch Police Are DNA Testing 21,500 Men to Solve A 20-Year-Old Murder

In 1986, a technique called “DNA fingerprinting” was used for the first time in a criminal investigation, when a geneticist named Alec Jeffreys realised that when DNA was extracted from cells and attached to photographic film, it developed as a sequence of bars that could uniquely identify someone. His accidental discovery helped nail the suspect in the murder of 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth. Since then, for better and for worse, DNA has become gold-standard evidence that has led to thousands of convictions.

Cold case detectives hope to link local unsolved crimes to serial killer Ted Bundy

SEATTLE – More than 50 years after serial killer Ted Bundy began his murderous terror spree, local investigators are pushing to solve old crimes that could be connected to the serial killer while he lived in the Pacific Northwest.
KIRO 7 learned that Washington investigators are looking at evidence from two unsolved murders, using state-of-the-art technology.
However, there is one major hiccup — Ted Bundy’s DNA is not in the Washington state database.

DNA Links Fort Bragg Soldier To 2013 Cypress Rape

CYPRESS, TX — Justice hoped for can be a long shot in a lot of cases, and for the family whose child was beaten and sexually assaulted in February 2013, that has been the case for five years.
By DNA taken from a bloody sweatshirt found in a gas station bathroom, as well as DNA collected from the victim, linked a Fort Bragg soldier to the sexual assault and kidnapping of a then-teenaged girl.

Wisconsin rape kits testing yields new suspects in 11 cases

MADISON – Wisconsin’s four-year effort to address a mountain of untested evidence from old sexual assault cases is beginning to yield results: DNA from at least 20 cases has been matched with national offender databases.

Man who found woman’s body in 1988 arrested for murdering her

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -Police have arrested a man who found a woman’s body in the desert nearly 30 years ago, saying DNA evidence leads them to believe he is the one who killed her.

Could DNA taken from one of the Zodiac Killer’s victims finally reveal the identity?

Investigators are now planning to use DNA found at one of the Zodiac Killer’s suspected crime scenes to reveal the murderer’s true face.

Could new national DNA database provide a break in one of Alberta’s most gruesome cold cases?

Septic Tank Sam lies in an unmarked grave in an Edmonton cemetery, his identity no less a mystery than when his tortured body was pulled from a rural septic tank on a spring day in 1977.
But 40 years after Sam met his grisly end, cold case investigators hope a new national DNA database will give fresh leads on who he was — and who killed him.
Set to launch in 2018, the RCMP’s national children and missing persons unidentified remains database will allow investigators to compare DNA from unidentified human remains to DNA from living relatives who offer a sample in hopes of finding answers about a missing loved one.

Skeletal Remains Found in Search For Natalee Holloway’s Body Do Not Belong to Her

Human bone fragments found in Aruba that were suspected to be those of Natalee Holloway do not belong to the dead American teenager.
Dr. Jason Kolowski, a forensic scientist leading the testing and interpretation of the results, told Oxygen Monday that tests on the fragments came back negative. The fragments did not belong to Natalee, whose body has never been found.

DNA Solves Mystery of ‘America’s 1st Serial Killer’ H.H. Holmes

The mystery of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, has finally been solved. The NBC10 Investigators revealed new attempts to discover if Holmes somehow escaped his death sentence. His grave was dug up in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. NBC10 investigative reporter George Spencer shows us that we now know for certain where Holmes’ story came to an end.

Continued funding needed for DNA lab

Reduced federal funding for the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification comes with serious national implications — especially for smaller law enforcement agencies.
The National Institute of Justice has diverted grant funding that used to go to labs analyzing DNA to identify missing people and the unidentified dead.

DNA from headless torso matches missing journalist

COPENHAGEN — DNA from a headless torso found washed up on an island near Copenhagen matches that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, Danish police said Wednesday.
At a press conference, chief investigator Jens Møller Jensen said police had linked the victim to the torso with DNA obtained from her toothbrush and hairbrush. Blood found on the submarine was also a match for Wall, he said.

DNA ‘billion to one’ evidence identifies guilty man for brutal killing 40 years ago

North Wales- Breakthroughs in forensic testing and the “foresight” of scientists has finally helped convict the real killer of a 15-year-old schoolgirl more than 40 years ago.