Tag: Golden State Killer
In 2022, the cold case murder of a Black teenage girl in Atlanta, Nacole Smith, and the sexual assault of another Black teen, were solved using forensic genetic genealogy. The assailant was the same man in both cases: Kevin Arnold.
Ever since 'Golden State Killer' suspect Joseph DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 after being tracked down with the help of an online DNA database typically used for tracking genealogy, crime-solving via genetic genealogy has increased. Last year, investigators made more than 20 arrests in cold cases. But given that there are thousands of murders in America every year, of which 40 percent go unsolved, why aren't DNA databases being used to solve even more crimes?