genetic genealogy

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…

Genetic genealogy in the digital age

Sarah Wiener’s grave. Rabbi Jason Miller talks about his experience with ancestry.com and how he was able to identify relatives. SSeveral years ago, I was contacted by a representative of ancestry.com who offered me the option of submitting my DNA…

Serial killer victim identified after 37 years through genetic genealogy and DNA match

A woman known for just 37 years as Horseshoe Harriet, one of dozens of victims of a notorious Alaskan serial killer, has been identified through genetic genealogy and a DNA match, it was announced Friday authorities. The victim was identified…

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…