Two Montana Sweethearts Were Fatally Shot in 1956. The Case Was Just Solved.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office said it appeared to be the oldest homicide case in the United States to be solved with genetic genealogy.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #great-falls-mont, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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An Innocent Man Went to Prison for Murder. Now, It’s the Real Killer’s Turn.

Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in the 1996 killing of Angie Dodge in Idaho, a crime for which Christopher Tapp was exonerated.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #idaho, #idaho-falls-idaho, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes, #tapp-christopher

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She Was Stabbed and Left in a Cornfield in 1972. Now There’s an Arrest.

Barry Lee Whelpley, now 76, was charged with killing Julie Ann Hanson, who was 15 when her body was found in Naperville, Ill., the authorities said.

#chicago-ill, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #illinois, #minnesota, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #naperville-ill

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Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

Maryland and Montana have passed the nation’s first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #montana, #privacy, #your-feed-science

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Man Rescued in Colorado Mountain Pass Is Accused in 1982 Murders

Alan Lee Phillips was rescued from a snowdrift in 1982 after he signaled SOS with his headlights. The police now say he became trapped on the road after killing two women.

#breckenridge-colo, #colorado, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oberholtzer-barbara-jo-d-1982, #phillips-alan-lee-1951, #schnee-annette-d-1982

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Remains Found 36 Years Ago in Montana Are Identified

DNA analysis has identified the remains of a woman, who for decades was known only as Christy Crystal Creek, as those of Janet Lee Lucas, who was last seen in Spokane, Wash., in 1983.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #lucas-janet-lee, #missing-persons, #missoula-county-mont, #montana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #serial-murders, #spokane-wash, #teeth-and-dentistry

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To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course

Forensic genealogy helped nab the Golden State Killer in 2018. Now investigators across the country are using it to revisit hundreds of unsolved crimes.

#deangelo-joseph-james, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #privacy, #your-feed-science

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To Name Unknown Soldiers, Military Mulls Crime-Solving DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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To Name Unknown Soldiers Who Died, Military Mulls DNA Methods

Forensic genealogy techniques that have successfully tracked down elusive serial killers may soon be used to help identify thousands of American service members “known but to God.”

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #futch-melton-d-1944, #genealogy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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She Vanished Decades Ago. Her Children Just Learned She Had Been Killed.

William Heiser Jr. said his father had told him and his sister that their mother, Marie Heiser, had “just packed up her stuff and left.”

#delaware, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #heiser-marie-petry, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parabon-nanolabs-inc, #philadelphia-pa

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Oregon Man Is Charged With Two Murders Committed Two Decades Apart

Genetic genealogy connected Christopher Lovrien to a 1999 homicide victim, according to the authorities, who said they found the remains of a 2020 homicide victim when they searched his property.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #dribin-mark, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #griffin-kenneth, #lovrien-christopher, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oregon, #police-department-portland-ore, #portland-ore, #search-and-seizure, #serial-murders

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Woman’s Search for Her Birth Parents Leads to a Story of Murder

Kathy Gillcrist said a DNA test she took in 2017 revealed that her father may have been William Bradford Bishop Jr., a fugitive suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976.

#adoptions, #bethesda-md, #bishop-william-bradford-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #fugitives, #genealogy, #gillcrist-kathy-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #tests-medical

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A Teenager Was Bullied. His Ancestors Saved Him.

Dennis Richmond Jr. was a middle-schooler who took refuge in his family history, some of it very surprising.

#black-people, #connecticut, #genealogy, #roots-tv-program, #rye-historical-society, #slavery-historical

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DNA and Race: What Ancestry and 23andMe Reveal

Our country has struggled to reckon with the horrors of the past. Could DNA tests help?

#23andme, #ancestry-com, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical

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Bryan Sykes, Who Saw the Ancient Past in Genes, Dies at 73

An Oxford scientist with a flair for the dramatic, he introduced millions of people to the secrets of their ancestry through his books and TV appearances.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #cryptozoologists, #deaths-obituaries, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #sykes-bryan, #the-seven-daughters-of-eve-the-science-that-reveals-our-genetic-ancestry-book

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Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves

Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #caribbean-area, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Ancient DNA Is Changing How We Think About the Caribbean

New research delivers surprising findings about Indigenous people in the region before contact with Europeans.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #haiti, #hispaniola, #indigenous-people, #population

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Uncovering a Cemetery’s Lost Black History, Stone by Stone

Sourland Mountain, a once-isolated region in New Jersey, has long inspired tall tales. Two local women turned “history detectives” have been trying to recover its true story.

#black-people, #buck-elaine-1953, #cemeteries, #content-type-personal-profile, #genealogy, #hopewell-nj, #if-these-stones-could-talk-african-american-presence-in-the-hopewell-valley-sourland-mountain-and-surrounding-regions-of-new-jersey-book, #mills-beverly-1950, #museum-of-the-american-revolution, #museums, #research, #slavery-historical, #stoutsburg-cemetery-hopewell-nj, #stoutsburg-sourland-african-american-museum-hopewell-nj

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Exhume the Body of Warren G. Harding? A Judge Says That Won’t Be Necessary

A grandson, whose grandmother Nan Britton had an affair with the 29th president, was attempting to confirm his presidential lineage.

#adultery, #ancestry-com, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #harding-warren-g, #marion-county-ohio, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Long, Worthwhile Search for the Five Black Women of Grace Baptist Church

The names of the five Black founders of a church in Mount Vernon, N.Y., seemed lost to history — until a student journalist stepped in.

#black-people, #churches-buildings, #genealogy, #mount-vernon-ny, #mount-vernon-public-library, #race-and-ethnicity

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The Gilgo Beach Murders Were a Cold Case. Then a New Police Chief Arrived.

After a decade of little movement in a series of killings on Long Island, a new sense of urgency.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #gilgo-beach-ny, #ill-be-gone-in-the-dark-one-womans-obsessive-search-for-the-golden-state-killer-book, #long-island-ny, #lost-girls-movie, #lost-girls-an-unsolved-american-mystery-book, #mcnamara-michelle-1970-2016, #police-department-suffolk-county-ny, #serial-murders, #sex-crimes

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Exhume President Warren G. Harding? Family Feuds in Court

DNA evidence is persuasive that James Blaesing, 70, is the grandson of the 29th president and his mistress. But his cousins are upset by his plan to exhume Harding’s remains with a reality TV crew.

#britton-nan, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #harding-warren-g, #marion-county-ohio

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Golden State Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

Prosecutors said that Joseph James DeAngelo committed 13 murders and nearly 50 rapes that terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s.

#california, #deangelo-joseph-james, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sentences-criminal, #serial-murders, #sex-crimes

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Why a Data Breach at a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried

Nearly two-thirds of GEDmatch’s users opt out of helping law enforcement. For a brief window this month, that didn’t matter.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #gedmatch, #gedmatch-inc, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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A Half-Century Later, Police Identify a Homicide Suspect and His Victim

Using DNA evidence, the district attorney’s office in Orange County, Calif., said it had identified a 1968 homicide victim as Anita Louise Piteau and the suspect as Johnny Chrisco.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #huntington-beach-calif, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #orange-county-calif, #spitzer-todd-1960

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Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds

A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #canoes-and-canoeing, #genealogy, #genetics-and-heredity, #native-americans, #nature-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Golden State Killer Cases: Joseph DeAngelo Pleads Guilty

In a converted ballroom in Sacramento, in front of victims and their families, the former police officer began admitting guilt to a multitude of crimes on Monday.

#california, #deangelo-joseph-james, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genealogy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sacramento-calif, #sex-crimes

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You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?

#black-people, #genealogy, #monuments-and-memorials-structures

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