How at-home DNA tests helped solve this 30-year-old murder

JUDY WOODRUFF: So far this year, law enforcement has identified over 70 suspects using a new technique called genetic genealogy. This is the same tool that detectives in California last year used to identify the so-called Golden State Killer. In the first of two stories, William Brangham explains how this tool works and why it’s […]

Is murder in your DNA? – The Fifth Estate season premiere

♪ ♪ I realize I’m looking at the name of most likely the murderer and I’m the only person in the world who knows it. Detective:She’d been shot in the head.He took Jay out and strangled him and killed himas quietly as he could. The investigators showed up on my doorstep and told me that […]

You Should Be Worried About Your DNA Privacy

DNA tests like 23andMe and AncestryDNA are becoming more and more popular. This raises privacy concerns — and not just for those taking the tests. Soon the concept of privacy, as we know it, will come to an end. Back in April, police arrested a man as the Golden State Killer, an infamous alleged serial […]

The at-home DNA test craze is putting us all at risk

– I’ve always wanted to take one of these at home DNA tests ’cause I wanna learn more about my family’s background and they’re super cheap so I figured why not? – And I have no interest in these tests. I think it’s really creepy for some company to have my private DNA. Either way […]

High profile arrest led Alabama police to genealogy testing

TONIGHT, THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN.>>NEARLY TWO DECADES AFTER THE MURDER OF TWO ALABAMA TEENS A SUSPECT IS NOW IN CUSTODY. AUTHORITIES SAY DNA TESTING LED THEM TO COLEY MCCRANEY. TODAY, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ON THE CASE SAYS HE PLANS TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY. MCCRANEY IS ACCUSED OF KILLING TRACIE […]

Report: Officials Used Genealogy Websites To Track Golden State Killer

TOM WAIT HAS MORE ON HOW GENETIC INFORMATION HELPED FIND AN ACCUSED RAPIST AND KILLER. AN UNNAMED RELATIVE SUBMITTING THE DNA GENEALOGY WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR FAMILY HISTORY. BUT THEY NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED VIOLENT HISTORY THAT PROSECUTORS SAY THE DNA SAMPLE EXPOSED. INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT THEY USED DNA SAMPLES COLLECTED AT THE […]

DNA from Genealogy Site Caught Serial Killer

OF FLYING UNDER THE RADAR.. DE-ANGELO WAS EVENTUALLY UNDONE.. BY HIS DIGITAL FINGERPRINT. NIGHTBEAT’S MARIA MEDINA ON THE ONLINE DATABASE.. THAT HELPED D-N-A EXPERTS MAKE THE MATCH. ((MONTE MILLER/FORENSIC DNA EXPERT: “45936 and i think it’s really MORE ABOUT THE SUSPECTED

Where Did All The Serial Killers Go?

Ted Bundy, Dennis Rader, Harold Shipman, Jeffrey Dahmer. Ian Brady, Myra Hindley, Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacy, and The Zodiac Killer, are probably the most iconic serial killers of the 20th century. But can you name a serial killer from the last 20 years? Unless you’re a serial killing nerd, probably not. The 70s, 80s […]

How These Notorious Serial Killers Really Got Caught

Parents might tell their kids monsters don’t exist, but serial killers sure do. And while no one’s managed to catch the Boogie Man in the middle of boogying, plenty of serial killers have been caught through the years. Here’s how several notorious murderers were finally stopped. Richard Ramirez had a lot of creepy names, but […]