Current Cold Cases Solved with Investigative Genetic Genealogy

Would these developments affect your decision to share your genetic information?

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Kurve

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Not sure how they found this person but good job.

Eighty-nine-year-old Hugo Benscher was found bound and gagged on the floor of his canal-front home in Paradise Point on June 21, 1992.
He had suffered serious head injuries.
Today, a man from Launceston in Tasmania was extradited to Brisbane where he was charged with one count of murder

 

GreyCrow

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Just bumping this as I heard something today that is interesting/concerning

In some US states if you were imprisoned before a certain date you cant be compelled to give your DNA


Forensic Magazine found that seven states hold prisoners whose DNA had not been collected, and who were not in CODIS. Most often, these states had no retroactivity conditions in their DNA laws, which were generally enacted in the 1990s and were never extended into the past to include criminals already locked up. But there are other cases where prisoners refused to give samples, or authorities simply didn’t get the testing done for logistical reasons. For others, there were simply collection delays.

Over more than two months, some states refused to provide information about the status of the DNA collection efforts within their prisons. Other states started collecting the samples after they were questioned about the status of their inmate population.

But experts agree: most of the long-term inmates who aren’t in CODIS probably have other crimes on their resume. And a significant number of unsolved mysteries could be cracked with a simple swab in a violent criminal’s cheek, the experts said.


This means many serial killers in the US prison system before 1998 do not have to give a DNA swab to clear up crimes

Amazing
 

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Kurve

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Carla Walker was pulled out of a car in the mid 70s after her boyfriend Rodney was shot in the head through a really despicable random stranger crime. She was taken somewhere else and killed. Rodney survived but his life was really unpleasant for a long time.

They got him.

 

Kurve

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There's an idea being floated to collect DNA with the understanding it would be used to solve crime and the company pays the donor for it. If there's a match that solves a crime a significant bounty is paid.
 

BonzaRam

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What bothers me about this, especially when it to comes genealogy sites, is how is that dna sample you gave them is being stored and who exactly is in charge of that or has access to it?
For anyone to say if you have done nothing wrong then you have nothing to worry about obviously feels that places
storing dna and/or records of dna profiles are never visited by corrupt people or good people pressured into corruption. It is not the honest people you have to worry about it, it's the dishonest ones...
So you have nothing to worry about until an infinitesimal amount of your dna finds its way into a crime investigation by *cough cough* accident Sure you may eventually be able to prove what caused the contamination but imagine the bullshit you are going to go through getting to that point.

Then you have the hackers


 

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