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Police use DNA service to find killer
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Police use DNA service to find killer
Police use a small DNA matching service (meant for tracing genealogy/ancestory) to locate a killer and close a cold case. The killer, dubbed the Golden State killer, was active from 1976 to 1986 and is suspected of 10 murders and 50 rapes during that period.
The police had a sample of the killer's DNA and ran it through the service. They got a hit on the DNA that linked to someone who had uploaded their DNA previously. This gave them a family name to go investigate. From there they discovered the killer. They staked him out and recovered some DNA from something he discarded. They then used this sample to match to the known DNA record and it was a match.


While it's cool they caught a killer, I'm a bit hesitant about the use of this technology for that. It'd mean basically every ancestor tracking service becomes a DNA registry for police to use. (This time they used the service and didn't even need a warrant to search it. They just uploaded a sample as if they were looking for members of their family...)
Seems like a massive breech of privacy for this to happen.
04-29-2018 12:13 PM
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