Monthly Archives: May 2011

In Srebrenica, a Memorial Brings Peace

New York Post
SREBRENICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA — Across from the abandoned Potocari battery factory, where Muslim residents of this infamously brutalized town were imprisoned in 1995 before women were separated and the men and boys taken away to be killed, a memorial center has risen.

Woman gets DNA order on Wanjiru

The Standard Kenya
A woman has obtained a court order to extract samples from the body of late marathoner Samuel Kamau Wanjiru for DNA analysis for her unborn child.

Evidence Ignored in Unsolved Rapes

Honolulu Civil Beat
Barely half of Honolulu rape cases were solved in 2009, but 60-80 percent of rape kits collected that year never made it to the crime lab for analysis, a Civil Beat investigation has found.

Paul B. Ferrara, pioneer of DNA use, dies at 68

Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia
Paul B. Ferrara, 68, the former head of Virginia’s forensic-science laboratory who helped pioneer the use of DNA as a crime-fighting tool in the U.S., died Monday.

Family waiting for WWII soldier’s return from Tarawa


MSNBC
When George Bernard Murray was deployed overseas during World War II, his family expected the young Oceano man to return home.

Detroit’s abandoned crime lab adds to a disturbing U.S. trend

Detroit Free Press
The stunning discovery of piles of evidence in a rotting old building last week put Detroit on a growing national list of crime labs accused in recent years of making big mistakes.

Justice Department Examines Untested Rape Kits Filling Up Police Storage Rooms

Fox News
With law enforcement officers relying more and more on DNA evidence to convict or exonerate suspects, a new Justice Department report raises concerns over the tens of thousands of old rape kits piling up in police evidence rooms across the country.

No positive DNA ID in alleged rape

The Tribune Bahamas
A SENIOR police officer accused of raping a mentally-challenged woman and fathering her child has not been positively identified in DNA tests.

Identifying the Dead in Missouri


Wall Street Journal
At a makeshift morgue outside of Joplin, Mo., the bodies of more than 100 people are in the parking lot, in semi-trailer trucks refrigerated to 35 degrees. Inside a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, a team of 75 federal investigators gathers information about each unidentified person killed by the tornado.

Huge advances in CSI-style science finally trapped psychopathic killer

Wales Online
THE capture and conviction of John Cooper for two double killings is a tale of technological advances.

Swedish Director Ingmar Bergman ‘Switched at Birth’

Fox News Orlando
(NewsCore) – Legendary Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman was switched at birth, according to DNA test results released by his niece Thursday.

DNA leads to suspect in 2003 sledgehammer murder

ABC News Texas
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Tomball police have made an arrest in an eight year old murder case in which a woman was killed with a sledgehammer.

Will thousands of SAPD rape kits see the light of day? Perry to sign bill

KIENS San Antonio Texas
SAN ANTONIO – It’s being herald by some state lawmakers as long overdue justice for thousands of Texas rape victims.

DNA Convicts Cat Killer

New York Press
This is the first time in New York’s history that an animal’s DNA was used for sentencing, and one group clearly stands to benefit: wrongfully convicted animal abusers. A David Grann article is in the works.

PNS Mehran case DNA samples of raiders sent to lab for profiling

The Dawn Pakistan
…The investigators told that they had dispatched four DNA samples obtained from the remains of the raiders to the KRL Islamabad, which reportedly had a gene database of different ethnicities around the world…