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Los Angeles "Grim Reaper" serial killer caught in an interesting way

Posted by Easy on Wed Jul 7 21:55:17 2010

They were never able to make a DNA match when comparing to prisoners, but investigators were able to match a relative by using a new technique. According to the article only California and Colorado have officially adopted this technique.

He seems like a really decent guy according to the article. Except when he's killing women of course.

I wonder how many serial killers go undetected in areas like this? IIRC they only connected all of the murders a year or two ago. They didn't realize that there was a serial killer for 20 years.

DNA leads to arrest in Grim Sleeper killings

For well over two decades, the killer had eluded police. His victims, most of them prostitutes in South Los Angeles, had lived on the margins of society, and their deaths left few useful clues aside from the DNA of the man who had sexually assaulted them in the moments before their deaths.

A sweep of state prisons in 2008 failed to come up with the killer or anyone related to him. Then, last Wednesday, startling news came to the LAPD: A second "familial search" of prisons had come up with a convict whose DNA indicated that he was a close relative of the serial killer suspected of killing at least 10 women.

Working through the Fourth of July weekend, LAPD detectives drew up a family tree of the prisoner, then began analyzing all the men on it. Were they the right age? Did they live near the murder scenes? Was there anything in their background to explain why the serial killer had apparently stopped killing for 13 years, then resumed in 2003?

From that painstaking process, according to LAPD officials who requested anonymity, the prisoner's father emerged as a likely suspect. An undercover team was sent to follow him; they retrieved a discarded slice of pizza to analyze his DNA. On Tuesday, they confirmed that it matched the DNA of the suspect in the killings.

(More in the link)


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