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GEDmatch, a tiny DNA analysis firm, was key for Golden State Killer case

GEDmatch, a tiny DNA analysis firm, was key for Golden State Killer case

"No court order was needed to access that site’s large database of genetic blueprints."
The Golden State Killer suspect was identified after a distant relative posted DNA on a genealogy site

The Golden State Killer suspect was identified after a distant relative posted DNA on a genealogy site

Police tracked Joseph James DeAngelo after matching DNA from the crime scene to one of his distant relatives, who used a genealogy website.
DNA is just another way we can’t opt out of data sharing

DNA is just another way we can’t opt out of data sharing

Growing up in California, serial killers are as much a fact of life as year-round citrus or having a bit of Spanish in your daily vocabulary. News of the Golden State Killer's arrest came as a
Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Joseph James DeAngelo, who is accused of 12 murders, in court in Sacramento last month. His arrest in the “Golden State Killer” cold case was based on DNA evidence.
Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Joseph James DeAngelo, who is accused of 12 murders, in court in Sacramento last month. His arrest in the “Golden State Killer” cold case was based on DNA evidence.
Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Joseph James DeAngelo, who is accused of 12 murders, in court in Sacramento last month. His arrest in the “Golden State Killer” cold case was based on DNA evidence.
Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Joseph James DeAngelo, who is accused of 12 murders, in court in Sacramento last month. His arrest in the “Golden State Killer” cold case was based on DNA evidence.
Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

Joseph James DeAngelo, who is accused of 12 murders, in court in Sacramento last month. His arrest in the “Golden State Killer” cold case was based on DNA evidence.
Police are using ancestry sites to track down more cold case suspects

Police are using ancestry sites to track down more cold case suspects

In April, California investigators arrested Joseph James DeAngelo for some of the crimes committed by the elusive Golden State Killer (GSK), a man who is believed to have raped over 50 women and
Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases

Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases

Only two percent of the population needs to have done a DNA test to identify nearly everyone else, researchers found.
How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations

How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations

Curtis Rogers enjoys helping people solve family history puzzles. He inadvertently created a database that can now identify 60 percent of Americans of Northern European ancestry.

An 80-Year-Old Man's ​Website Collected 1 Million DNA Profiles. Now Police Have Used It to Solve 15 Murders and Other Crimes

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A popular genealogy website just helped solve a serial killer cold case in Oregon

On Thursday, detectives in Portland, Ore. announced that a long-cold local murder case finally came to a resolution, 40 years after the fact. In 1979, 20-year-old Anna Marie Hlavka was found dead in
Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney, helped identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using DNA that the authorities had shared with the genealogical
Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney, helped identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using DNA that the authorities had shared with the genealogical
Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney, helped identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using DNA that the authorities had shared with the genealogical
Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney, helped identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using DNA that the authorities had shared with the genealogical
Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Dr. Barbara Rae-Venter, a genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney, helped identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case using DNA that the authorities had shared with the genealogical
How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

From left, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Margaret Press, Ruth Foreman and Cheryl Hester, who helped identify the body of Mary Silvani, at her grave in Reno, Nev. The site is marked only by an irrigation flag.
How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

From left, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Margaret Press, Ruth Foreman and Cheryl Hester, who helped identify the body of Mary Silvani, at her grave in Reno, Nev. The site is marked only by an irrigation flag.