Offbeat Could DNA Websites Help Catch the Zodiac Killer?

18:10  09 may  2018
18:10  09 may  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect?

  Can DNA identify the Zodiac Killer now that it has revealed the East Area Rapist suspect? SACRAMENTO, Calif. - DNA sleuthing helped crack a decades-old cold case, leading to the arrest of a man suspected of being the East Area Rapist, also known as the Golden State Killer.  SACRAMENTO, Calif. - DNA sleuthing helped crack a decades-old cold case, leading to the arrest of a man suspected of being the East Area Rapist, also known as the Golden State Killer.

More than 50 years on, could DNA unlock Zodiac serial killer ’s ID? THE notorious serial assassin killed from 1968 to the early 1970s, sending coded messages. Now DNA may crack the code of just who the Zodiac killer was.

Investigators uploaded DNA collected at one of the crime scenes to an open- source genealogical website and found a partial match to a distant relative of DeAngelo's. Can they catch the Zodiac Killer ? Dam threatens rarest ape.

a man with his hand on his head© Provided by IBT Media DNA techniques used to identify the Golden State Killer suspect may hold the key to unlocking the 50-year-old Zodiac Killer case, according to detectives.

In April, former police officer Joseph DeAngelo was arrested in Citrus Heights, California in connection with a series of murders and rapes committed in the 1970s and 1980s by the so-called Golden State Killer. DNA from a relative of DeAngelo taken from a genealogy website was used to link him to the crimes.

Now police believe the technique could be used to track down the notorious serial killer responsible for five murders in Northern California between 1968 and 1969, who sent taunting, cryptic letters to police and the press in which he referred to himself as "Zodiac."

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With DNA evidence possibly pointing to the former, police say the same method could help identify the long-sought Zodiac Killer , NBC News reports. Police in Vallejo, Calif., say they sent two envelopes from the Zodiac Killer to a private lab for a new kind of DNA analysis months ago.

Vallejo police detective Terry Poyser told the Sacramento Bee his agency had submitted two envelopes containing letters from the Zodiac Killer for a type of advanced DNA analysis that has only recently become available.

Poyser told the publication that the lab would attempt to obtain a full DNA profile of the Zodiac Killer from saliva left on the envelopes and stamps of the letters sent to police, with the results expected as soon as a few weeks away.

"If we get a good profile, then you start tracking back," Poyser said. "It really comes down to DNA. Without it, you have nothing. It's a 50-years-old case."

The use of DNA from a genealogy website to identify DeAngelo marks a breakthrough for law enforcement, but has been criticized by civil rights defenders as a potential violation of privacy laws.

Zodiac murder case: Police taking another look at DNA evidence

  Zodiac murder case: Police taking another look at DNA evidence Inspired by the success of DNA searches in the Golden State Killer case, detectives at the Vallejo Police Department have sent decades-old letters from the infamous Zodiac Killer to a forensics laboratory with the hope of getting a genetic profile they can use to determine a suspect, investigators said. Detectives in San Francisco and Napa counties, where the Zodiac also killed during his macabre murder spree in 1968 and 1969, are also re-evaluating their evidence to see if it’s worth making a new try at getting DNA profiles.

With DNA evidence possibly pointing to the former, police say the same method could help identify the long-sought Zodiac Killer , NBC News reports. Police in Vallejo, Calif., say they sent two envelopes from the Zodiac Killer to a private lab for a new kind of DNA analysis months ago.

With DNA evidence possibly pointing to the former, police say the same method could help identify the long-sought Zodiac Killer , NBC News reports. Police in Vallejo, Calif., say they sent two envelopes from the Zodiac Killer to a private lab for a new kind of DNA analysis months ago.

Prior to the capture of the Golden State killer suspect, police forces were limited to searching federal databases of convicted felons for DNA matches.

The Zodiac Killer has been linked to the murders of David Faraday, Betty Lou Jensen, Darlene Ferrin, Cecelia Shepard, and Paul Stine in the San Francisco Bay area between 1968 and 1969. Two further people shot and wounded by the Zodiac survived.

In a cryptic message mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1974, someone claiming responsibility boasted of committing 37 killings in total.

The hunt for the killer was depicted in 2007 movie Zodiac, directed by David Fincher. A San Francisco Police Department wanted bulletin and copies of letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by a man who called himself Zodiac are displayed Thursday, May 3, 2018, in San Francisco. Detectives in Northern California are trying to get a DNA profile on the Zodiac Killer to track him down using the same family-tree tracing technology investigators used in the Golden State Killer case. Vallejo police Detective Terry Poyser tells the Sacramento Bee his agency has recently submitted two envelopes that contained letters from the Zodiac Killer for DNA analysis. The Zodiac Killer stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969. He was dubbed the Zodiac Killer after he sent taunting letters and cryptograms to police and newspapers that included astrological symbols. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)© The Associated Press A San Francisco Police Department wanted bulletin and copies of letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by a man who called himself Zodiac are displayed Thursday, May 3, 2018, in San Francisco. Detectives in Northern California are trying to get a DNA profile on the Zodiac Killer to track him down using the same family-tree tracing technology investigators used in the Golden State Killer case. Vallejo police Detective Terry Poyser tells the Sacramento Bee his agency has recently submitted two envelopes that contained letters from the Zodiac Killer for DNA analysis. The Zodiac Killer stabbed or shot to death five people in Northern California in 1968 and 1969. He was dubbed the Zodiac Killer after he sent taunting letters and cryptograms to police and newspapers that included astrological symbols. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Attorney for suspect in Golden State Killer case fights release of search warrant findings .
The defense attorney for Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the suspect in the Golden State Killer case, fought on Monday against the release of case documents sought by the Los Angeles Times and other media organizations. DeAngelo, 72, appeared in court for Monday’s brief hearing, walking in on his own power and standing in a barred holding cage before the judge. In past hearings, DeAngelo was rolled into court in a wheelchair. DeAngelo’s public defenderDeAngelo, 72, appeared in court for Monday’s brief hearing, walking in on his own power and standing in a barred holding cage before the judge. In past hearings, DeAngelo was rolled into court in a wheelchair.

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