Category Archives: Database

Georgia Uses DNA Sample and Genealogy to Solve 1999 Rapes

MARIETTA, Ga. — Advanced genetic genealogy testing helped authorities solve three Georgia rape cases from 1999, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
The three rapes happened between June and October 1999 within a three-mile radius of each other, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes said in a press release. In each case, a woman awoke in the wee hours of the morning in her own bed to find an unknown man standing over her.

Thanks to a new DNA analysis, a man is exonerated of rape and freed from prison after 17 years

(CNN) — A Georgia man who served 17 years of a 20-year sentence has been exonerated from his rape conviction and released from prison, after a judge agreed that new analysis of DNA evidence clears him.
Kerry Robinson, 44, walked out of prison in southern Georgia on Wednesday and into the arms of his sister, his son and other supporters, hours after a Colquitt County judge vacated his 2002 conviction and sentence.

Your DNA Could Catch A Criminal

Genetic databases are solving murders and rapes. Privacy scolds should pipe down.

United States to aid Mexico in creating two genetic databases to combat crime

The United States will provide assistance to Mexico to develop two genetic databases in 2020, according to U.S. government documents seen by the newspaper Milenio.

Maloney Hails Senate Passage of Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s (D-NY) H.R. 777 – Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed the Senate by unanimous consent. This bipartisan bill was introduced with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO) in January and passed the House in October.

Years later, DNA evidence links New Orleans serial rapist to Kansas City cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Justice can come, even though it can come late,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Charges filed this week against an accused serial rapist make that statement ring true.

Could ground breaking DNA technique solve bizarre Sherri Papini kidnap case?

A forensic specialist believes one of the world’s most high-profile unsolved abduction cases could be solved using the same DNA technology used to identify the elusive Golden State Killer.
Three years after “supermum” Sherri Papini was kidnapped while jogging near her home in Redding, Northern California, local authorities are no closer to an arrest.

China’s Genetic Research on Ethnic Minorities Sets Off Science Backlash

BEIJING — China’s efforts to study the DNA of the country’s ethnic minorities have incited a growing backlash from the global scientific community, as a number of scientists warn that Beijing could use its growing knowledge to spy on and oppress its people.

Hundreds of Genetic Profiles Removed From City’s DNA Database: Report

Nearly 400 genetic profiles of victims and witnesses have been removed from New York City’s DNA identification index, a database that has come under scrutiny for what critics describe as illegal collection of genetic material, according to a new report.

County ready to prosecute old rape cases

Hawaii Island’s decade-long backlog of rape test kits have all been processed, and now it’s time to move onto the next step — investigating and prosecuting the cases.
Of the 189 test kits submitted for analysis, 47 had DNA profiles loaded to CODIS, the federal Combined DNA Index System database. Of those, 11 resulted in hits against known suspects, according to the state Department of the Attorney General.

Buried Secrets: The DNA journey for a 91-year-old man to find his mother for the very first time

MOODY, Texas — Phil Ratliff will tell you he’s had a good life. All 91 years of it.
But there was that one bad day.

900 men in Germany are asked to give DNA samples

They said DNA traces of the killer were found on the body of the girl and they are hoping the swabs will lead them to the murderer.

The truth about the NYPD and DNA: Keep open vital database invaluable in solving crimes

In the past six years, the NYPD has made New York a safer and fairer city in numerous ways, scaling back on arrests by 45% and targeting our investigative resources with far greater precision than in the past. Restricting or prohibiting the use of DNA and photo-recognition technologies would force investigators to fall back on less reliable and accurate means of identification, including eyewitnesses, who are less successful than technology at identifying people accurately.

DNA holds promise in finding fugitive Lester Eubanks but FBI rules, privacy questions loom

The Marshals have been trying to gain approvals to compare his biological son’s DNA against samples of DNA collected from unsolved crime scene evidence around the country in hopes that it will yield a match and offer hints to Eubanks’ new identity or recent location.

New DNA investigation technique helps solve 2 SoCal cold cases

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) — Authorities are pursuing a first-of-its-kind case in Los Angeles County – a murder prosecution using evidence from a commercial genealogy database.