Spreadsheet list of cases where suspect was identified by forensic genealogy techniques : TrueCrime

I have updated the list of cases where a suspect was identified by forensic genealogy techniques. Link to spreadsheet on Google Sheets.

About 30 additional instances of a suspect identified via genetic genealogy have been added as of today. The total number in the sheet is 113 as of this update. The same disclaimers apply as in my prior post (linked below). To summarize, the list is a schematic with basic information and a link to an article that can serve as a checklist and a starting point for further research. Some statistical analysis is possible using this data, for example, based on year of first known offense and year of identification, I have calculated an average of about 28 years from first offense to identification. It is also easy to assess how active particular states have been in using forensic genealogy. California is an obvious trendsetter.

I have not yet updated the status of the individual cases, although I believe anecdotally that very few of those that are “pending” have been resolved by, e.g., a plea or trial. Trials are probably unlikely in the near future for obvious reasons. More contextual detail about these kinds of cases is available on this Wikipedia entry (not authored by me).

Not included are instances where a crime victim has been identified via forensic genealogy, e.g., the recent Long Island serial killer victim.

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