cold cases

DNA links Illinois man killed in 1982 to fatal stabbing of Iowa woman months earlier – 95.5 WSB

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Iowa cold case detectives have solved a 40-year-old murder case using DNA and genetic genealogy, but one question remains: who killed Lee Rotatori’s alleged killer ? In the summer of 1982, 32-year-old Rotatori was new to…

A student helps the police solve a rape and murder in 1964

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — DNA and a 20-year-old genealogy expert helped state police identify the man who abducted, raped and murdered a young girl in a case that rocked a mining town in Pennsylvania nearly six decades ago, officials said…

Tech, Volunteers Help Solve 1964 Girl’s Rape, Murder: NPR

A poster of Marise Ann Chiverella is displayed with a vase of flowers and a soldier’s hat during a Pennsylvania State Police press conference in Hazleton, Pa., Thursday. Michael Rubinkam/AP hide caption toggle caption Michael Rubinkam/AP A poster of Marise…

Accused of rape, a man entered his own DNA into the genealogy database

Tampa Bay police used genealogy testing websites to find a suspect in a 14-year-old rape case. Officers used the GEDmatch and FamilyTree websites to find a DNA match in the cold case. “The victim can now have an end to…

Why a Data Breach on a Genealogy Site Has Privacy Experts Worried

In Dr. Edge’s article, he warned that it was possible to create fake profiles to identify people with genetic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other illnesses. “If something is just a geeky genealogist screwing around, that’s okay,” Dr. Larkin…

Police used a genealogy website to solve a cold case from Iowa. The tool raises concerns elsewhere.

The cold-blooded murder of Cedar Rapids teenager Michelle Martinko went unsolved for decades, until last month when prosecutors secured a conviction based on a 40-year-old crime scene years and on a family genealogy website. It is one of the first…