Detectives Submit Zodiac Killer DNA to Genealogy Websites
Zodiac killer sketch.
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Just a day after Sacramento Police arrested the man they believe to be the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, detectives revealed that the websites genealogy had helped them find the suspect. According to the Sacramento Bee, state detectives are currently using family tree tracing technology to try to find another infamous serial killer: the Zodiac Killer.
In the late 1960s, the Zodiac Killer killed at least five people in Northern California and is perhaps best known for the tormented letters and cryptograms he sent to police and the media. While his identity has never been discovered, detectives are trying new methods to find him.
According to the Sacramento Bee, a few months ago, police in Vallejo submitted several envelopes containing letters from the Zodiac Killer to undisclosed genealogy websites, where they will undergo a new type of DNA analysis. The results could come back as early as the next few weeks, and “almost certainly by the summer”.
“If we get a good profile, then you start to trace,” said Detective Vallejo, Terry Poyser. “It really comes down to DNA. Without it, you have nothing. It’s a 50-year-old affair.
While Poyser believes the killer is a man named Arthur Leigh Allen, a former elementary school teacher and convicted child molester who is now deceased, he seeks a clear answer ahead of his retirement plan next year. .
“They were confident that they would be able to get something out of it,” Poyser said.
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