Thursday, April 26, 2018

Golden State Killer DNA

Unless you are living under a rock, you will be aware that the police have made an arrest in the case of the Golden State Killer, based on a DNA match.

It was a cold case, and all they are currently saying is that they got a "clue" about six days ago, and put him under surveillance. Then they got a fresh DNA sample, from something that was discarded, and got enough of a match with crime scene DNA, that they made an arrest.

What they are not saying is what the "clue" was. They are just saying it was because of the latest DNA tests, but they are not saying what made them look at an ex-cop, who had never been a suspect in the first place.

I bet that we will find that it is an unexpected, and positive, side effect of the Privacy Revolution. (For more background on that, see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)

I don't, for even a minute, think that the alleged perp put his DNA online, but, it seems that he has two or three kids. I bet one of them did, probably just to innocently look for relatives.

A quick Google reveals that there are quite a number of searchable DNA databases, completely aside from the obvious genealogy websites.

Cold case. Six days from the "clue", to an arrest.

It's a positive result, but we live in "Interesting times".

Stay safe, folks.

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