Familial DNA helped solve a gruesome cold case…just like in the recent Golden State killer/night stalker case

We have all seen crime shows on TV – the ones that use DNA to solve some of the most difficult murder cases.  It’s pretty amazing.  Investigators that use their gut instincts and won’t give up, using great investigative skills, in combination with DNA, this all adds up to be an amazing combination.  The following link shows what it took to solve a case from 2002. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/23/the-daring-dna-hunt-that-cracked-france-s-gruesome-cold-case.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

I love reading stories like this – stories that show families that never gave up.  Stories that give us hope that justice will someday happen.  I would like to praise the investigators that stuck with this case.

I hope familial DNA will start being used in many unsolved cases – cases where the murderer does not have their DNA in CODIS. It could be a HUGE breakthrough in solving so many cases, and could help to stop serial murderers as well.

In a more recent case,

Another big step forward in solving murders In this country would be the implementation of a national database of cold cases.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true – we have no national database of cold cases in this country.  There is no way to link crimes in different states to the same MO/murderer.  if the killer is arrested for another crime in a state like Colorado, where all felons must be tested for DNA, a match will be made, but very few states have this requirement.  For example .if DNA was found in a murder investigation in one state, unless the murderer’s DNA is in CODIS .  If they have never been arrested their DNA would not be in CODIS. And her is the problem…law enforcement is not required to report murder cases – so to think that a skilled and persistent detective could solve a murder if the murderer kept moving around while still

We need to get in front of more crimes happening to innocent victims and familial DNA and implementing a national database of murders (that law enforcement is required to report murders to) would be a huge step forward.

A match was made from the DNA profile from the Bennett and Smith cases. It has been determined that it was the same murderer.

The Bennett family murders in Colorado (no sign of forced entry)

http://blogs.denverpost.com/coldcases/2015/01/16/aurora-cat-burglar-slaughters-family-serial-murder-spree/9728/

Jan. 10, 1984, six days earlier then the Bennett murders, Patricia Louise Smith was raped and murdered (no sign of forced entry) 

Serial killer bludgeons Lakewood woman with hammer

 

Roy and Patricia Bowden murders (no signs of forced entry)

Couple gunned down in own home

Authorities also said there’s no signs of forcible entry at the home – this is the same reason the Garfield County Sheriffs used to say that Morgan’s stalker(s) could not have been in our house…what a bunch of BS – there are so many murders, rapes & kidnappings that have no visible signs of forced entry, does that mean a crime didn’t happen?  Nope – it does not!  In Morgan’s case her stalker(s) tried multiple times to punch in our front door code to gain access to our house.  Our house was empty between 6 pm – 8 pm the night Morgan was murdered.  Our dogs were locked up in the laundry room and I believe her stalker(s) came into our house and hid in Morgan’s closet until everyone went to sleep…then he attacked her, while she was asleep.  The act of a total COWARD!!!

http://wreg.com/2016/08/26/father-discovers-son-dead-inside-cordova-home/

 

 

 

How Many More Women Have To Die?

This breaks my heart – she reminds me so much of Morgan…

BBC News – July 2017.  Alice Ruggles murder: Stalking signs missed

Her stalker/her ex-boyfriend drove down from Scotland to stalk her, leaving flowers and chocolates on her windowsill. This was not a romantic gesture – it was coercive control – a symbol of his continued abuse and harassment.

We all need to take stalking seriously – ALWAYS.  It is a crime that with early intervention murders like this can be avoided and innocent victims do not have to end up dead…raise awareness, talk about stalking, don’t avoid the discussion.  We need to learn these lessons or these heinous murders will continue to claim more and more innocent lives!  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leicestershire-40741464

A note of encouragement from 2015

Remembering a little note of encouragement that I received from another victim of stalking back in 2015…she wrote:

Here are the quotes and why they reminded me of your journey:

“God is within her; she will not fail.” Psalm 46:5 (This one reminded me of your quest for justice for Morgan and your crusade to help all victims)

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” -Ernest Hemingway (You’ve certainly done that, in a profound way.)

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” -Gloria Steinem (The outrage you and your supporters feel is fuel to the cause!)

The last one I don’t have a source for, but it reminds me of the one you cited from the Aspen newspaper (“If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen” I think it was), and I think it applies so well to the perpetrators:

“You own everything that has happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”

God bless you and your whole family 

Trust your gut…

The best and brightest criminal investigators trust their “gut,” or what we call intuition. We should too.

Criminal cases get solved when the investigating detective asks many questions, of many people, and then circles back around, after getting conflicting answers (even in the reports you can read the officer’s comment that they “feel” the suspect is lying) to find out WHY they are getting conflicting answers…that’s what they mean by following the evidence in a case.  You question, and question, and question some more.  In most of the cases, that I have now assisted on, I have come to realize that the co-victims, the family of the victim, have many answers that can help solve the case, but they aren’t always asked.  In so many cases the families don’t even realize they have important answers, but they do – they just need someone to ask the right questions.  And sometimes, when they volunteer answers, their words fall on deaf ears…again, I ask WHY?  How can a crime get solved if you don’t want to know the answers?

Everyone involved in a criminal case should work towards the truth.  Every case should be about the truth – if it is not investigated to the fullest, using integrity and ethical practices, then how can it be about the truth?  How can cases ever be solved?  How can there ever be justice for the innocent?  And how can we keep repeat offenders, like the recently arrested Golden State killer, from accumulating more and more victims?  We are so lucky to have the science of DNA evolving to where it is now, but remember DNA analysis only works if law enforcement collects the evidence.  And that is my thought for the day…

When did the pain of others become something to be ignored?

I believe victims need to speak up. It’s hard, but their voices need to be heard, even when others around them do not want to hear about it.  If they do not speak out, then crimes against humanity will continue unabated.

They need to speak loud and speak clear – these victims and co-victims live with so much pain that it is hard for them to speak out – but speak out they must, or the pattern of abuse and murder will continue to repeat itself.

When victims speak out, as we are now hearing in the #MeToo movement, the rest of us have to listen and believe, in order to make the critical changes this world needs.  We need to love, respect and help each other – it doesn’t darken our lives, it illuminates our lives!