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)
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!!!