Investigators: DNA Helped Nab ‘Golden State Killer’

Investigators: DNA Helped Nab ‘Golden State Killer’


WCCO4 NEWS. THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THAT THE TAINTED LETTUCE THAT IS NOT RELATED TO RUBY’S PANTRY IS LIKELY ALREADY DISCARDED. THEY SAY THAT LETTUCE IN STORES NOW SHOULD BE SAFE TO EAT. CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE MAY HAVE SOLVED A DECADE-LONG COLD CASE. THE SO-CALLED GOLDEN STATE KILLER WANTED FOR DOZENS OF ATTACKS AND AT LEAST 13 MURDERS ALLUDED CAPTURE FOR DECADES, BUT INVESTIGATORS GOT HIS DNA. THEN AND NOW. KENNETH CRAG EXPLAINS HOW. SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER JOSEPH DEANGELO MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PULL OFF ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS KILLING SPREES IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY. BUT FOR A FORMER POLICE OFFICER WHO ALLUDED INVESTIGATORS FOR DECADES, HIS RECENT CAPTURE CAME DOWN TO MODERN DAY FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY. DNA EVIDENCE THAT HE HAD LEFT BEHIND. MORE THAN 100 PAGES OF HEAVILY REDACTED COURT DOCUMENTS READ LIKE A REAL LIFE THE CSI, REVEALING THAT THE DNA SAMPLE RECOVERED THIS APRIL SEALED OF THE CASE AGAINST HIM. RETIRED NYPD COLD CASE HOMICIDE SERGEANT, JOSEPH JACQUELINE. I THINK THAT THIS IS THE LAST THING THAT WAS ON HIS MIND THAT THE CHANGING IN FORENSICS WHATEVER CATCH UP TO HIM. Reporter: THE 72-YEAR-OLD HAS NOT ENTERED A PLEA. HIS ALLEGED CRIME SPREE INCLUDED AT LEAST A DOZEN MURDERS AND MORE THAN 50 ATTACKS AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE 1970S AND 1980S. INVESTIGATORS FIRST NARROWED IN ON THE SO-CALLED GOLDEN STATE KILLER BY PLUGGING DNA FROM A 1980 DOUBLE MURDER INTO A GENEALOGY WEBSITE, FINDING FAMILY MEMBERS WHICH LED TO HIM. WITH A SUSPECT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, THIS SPRING, THEY FOLLOWED HIM TO A SACRAMENTO AREA HOBBY LOBBY STORE AND TOOK A DNA SAMPLE FROM HIS CAR DOOR HANDLE. DAYS LATER INVESTIGATORS RECOVERED ANOTHER DNA SAMPLE FROM ONE DISCARDED TISSUE, TOSSED IN A TRASH CAN OUTSIDE OF D’ANGELO’S HOME, WHICH REGISTERED A MATCH TO DNA EVIDENCE LEFT AT ONE OF THE CRIME SCENES. LIKE IF YOU PUT YOUR TRASH ON THE CURB AND HE THROWS A CIGARETTE BUTT ON THE FLOOR, THAT IS ABANDONED PROPERTY AND THE POLICE CAN COLLECTED AND THEY CONTESTED AND THEY CAN USE THAT AGAINST YOU. FROM WHEN THE EVIDENCE IS PART OF A MOUNTING CASE AGAINST D’ANGELO. INVESTIGATORS ALSO SEARCHED HIS HOME, BUT A JUDGE IS NOT

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