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Clearing Cold Cases With DNA Evidence
A discussion on how older unsolved crimes can be solved with DNA evidence and technology.
# 142827 | 2,500 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Biology (Genetics) , Criminology (Forensics)

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This paper discusses DNA testing, including varies types of tests such as mitochondrial and Y chromosome testing in the context of crime solving. DNA testing has become vital due to the fact that many crimes, especially violent crimes, leave behind hair, fibers and fluids which can be traced back to the offender. The paper relates that most states have DNA databases which keep profiles on past offenders on hand, however, relatively few states require that crime scene evidence be kept on hand which can be a hurdle in cases where people are in prison or on death row for crimes they may not have committed.

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"Scott McDonald was twenty-seven years old on October 31, 1990, when he disappeared from his home on the southern coast of Alaska. Opal Fairchild was killed, and her purse was rummaged through on March 20, 1985 at her home on East Poppy Lane by the Red Diamond Center of Soldotna, Alaska. James Spence was shot and killed in the course of a robbery of the country foods store of Soldotna, Alaska sometime late in the evening on May 15 1993 or early in the morning on May 16. All of these cold cases- older unsolved crimes- are described on the..."

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