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Cases Old and Cold
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RE: Cases Old and Cold

Fremont, California

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Michelle Xavier, 18 (top right), and Jennifer Duey, 20 (bottom right), had attended a birthday party one night in 1986 and were last seen together later that evening at a convenience store.

The nude bodies of the two young women were later found stabbed and shot to death on road in Fremont, southeast of San Francisco. The case went unresolved for three decades.

Then, in 2016, the Fremont Police Department established a cold case unit. The detective focused on the unsolved double murder in hopes of bringing some closure to the women's families. The detective succeeded.

This week, Fremont Police announced that they arrested David Misch, 57 (left), on suspicion of two counts of murder.

Officials say investigators recently re-examined the files and used new DNA test results to identify Misch as the main suspect.

According to a statement released by the Fremont Police Department Monday, "Misch lived in the area at the time and was a known commercial burglar and drug user." Police do not believe he had any prior history or contact with the two women.

Misch was already serving 18 years to life for an unrelated homicide in 1989 when he was arrested for the 1986 double murder.

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03-07-2018 02:42 PM
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WOW. I remember those murders, I lived in Freemont at that time.
Its not a big place, wasn't then at least so it was a pretty big deal





03-07-2018 07:06 PM
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(03-07-2018 07:06 PM)SIXFOOTERsez Wrote:  WOW. I remember those murders, I lived in Freemont at that time.
Its not a big place, wasn't then at least so it was a pretty big deal

Big WOW for me too Six. I freakin' love DNA testing and advancements.

I was in So Cal at the time and remember coverage of these sad murders when I was just entering junior college. The coverage was even more extensive, of course, here in Nor Cal where the crime went down.

The family is reportedly so grateful to the new cold case unit. I can imagine how good it must feel to have some answers and some justice 32 years later.





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'Buckskin Girl' Identified 37 Years After Murder

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DNA and other forensic science advancement over the last few decades were used to identify the body of Marcia King, who was 21-years-old when her body was found on an Ohio roadside back in 1981. Rest in Peace.

The body was fully clothed and the unidentified young woman was wearing a distinct fringed buckskin jacket.

She was a Jane Doe up until now. Her family had never reported her missing and I haven't seen any indication that LE has a suspect.

However, knowing her identity and being able to do a victim profile makes identifying suspects more likely, I imagine.

Marcia King was from Arkansas. LE reportedly doesn't know why she was in Ohio. She was strangled to death, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and had lacerations on her liver. She had only been dead a few hours when her body was discovered.

Her mother has asked for privacy, but did confirm that she plans to update the Jane Doe headstone with her daughter's name.

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This is a timeline of how scientific development and forensic individuals and organizations were able to solve the mystery of Buckskin Girl's identity.

April 24, 1981: The fully-clothed body of an unnamed female homicide victim is discovered in a ditch alongside Greenlee Road in Troy, Ohio.

2001: The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab generates the victim’s nuclear DNA profile.

2008: The profile of ‘Buckskin Girl’ is entered into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

2009: Victim’s mitochondrial DNA profile is developed at the NamUs DNA lab at the University of North Texas. Both the nuclear and mitochondrial genetic profiles are then entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System.

2010: NamUs case management is assigned to Dr. Elizabeth Murray, a forensic anthropologist and Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.

February 2016: A new facial image is generated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

April 2016: Pollen studies are conducted on the victim’s clothing by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency.

June 2016: Stable isotope studies are conducted on victim’s hair in an effort to trace the victim’s location and geographic movements in the last year of life.

April 9, 2018: The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab makes DNA confirmation and positively identifies victim as Marcia King, 21, from Arkansas.

Full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...z5CUS6vOY1





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That's pretty awesome & interesting. I wonder why her family didn't report her missing. That's curious to me.






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(04-12-2018 05:08 PM)Duchess Wrote:  
That's pretty awesome & interesting. I wonder why her family didn't report her missing. That's curious to me.

It's curious to me too.

I wonder if Marcia had a history of running away, or hitchhiking across country, or drug abuse...?

Maybe the family tried to track her down without getting the police involved or figured she was a free-spirited adult who didn't want to stay in contact.

Still..........after all those years, you'd think someone in the family would reach out to LE. It is weird that they reportedly never did.

Crossing my fingers LE will be able to figure out who killed her so brutally all those years ago.





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California Serial Killer Suspect Arrested after 40 Years

This is really exciting news.

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-- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department arrested Joseph James DeAngelo Jr, 72, late Tuesday night. He is the suspected Golden State Killer, East Area Rapist, and Original Night Stalker.

--The serial rapist and murderer is suspected of 12 homicides, nearly 50 rapes, and dozens of home burglaries in Sacramento County from 1976 to 1986. It's one of the most prolific unsolved crime sprees in the country.

--The arrest comes nearly two months after the release of journalist and author Michelle McNamara's posthumous crime novel about the Golden State Killer titled I'll Be Gone In The Dark.

The book, released in March, was co-authored by McNamara's husband, actor Patton Oswalt, and fellow journalist Billy Jensen after McNamara's death in 2016 and was #1 on the NYT Best Selller list. I don't know if the book had anything to do with the arrest though.

--DeAngelo is believed to have been fired from the Auburn Police Department for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent.

--Surviving victims have said they're relieved and waiting anxiously for today's LE press conference; me too. I'm interested to know how LE finally traced the crimes back to DeAngelo. I did not believe this mystery would ever be solved.

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04-25-2018 01:41 PM
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^ Well, it was hard to hear the reporters' questions on the CNN Live Stream of the press conference, but the LE representatives who spoke on the matter seem 100% certain that they've got the right guy in ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo. About effin' time.

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They said they realized justice was delayed in this case, but it was guaranteed.

Since the rapist/killer committed his crimes in multiple jurisdictions, it wasn't until years into the case that the various California LE agencies realized they were searching for the same suspect.

The suspect didn't leave fingerprints and DNA technology wasn't available early on, however the M.O.s matched up.

In 2001, they were able to test DNA left at several crime scenes to confirm that the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, and the Golden State Killer were one and the same.

Since it's an ongoing investigation and there are surely many more charges to be filed, the Sacramento Sheriff declined to say how LE finally honed in on DeAngelo.

The Sheriff did reveal that they recently collected the suspect's DNA from a discarded item during their surveillance of him.

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The Sheriff also said, in response to a reporter's question, that the recent best-selling book did not play a role in the case being solved (although it did keep the case on the public's radar).

I'm very curious to hear how LE knew to put surveillance on DeAngelo after all this time. Was it a tip, or previously overlooked suspect DNA in the national database, or enhanced DNA connecting to a family member in the national Database, etc? -- lots of possibilities. We'll have to wait for those details.

In any case, this guy caused so much pain to so many people. I'm very glad he's finally being held accountable.

Joseph James DeAngelo is being charged with capital (death penalty) crimes. But, he's 72 now. So, he'll probably die naturally behind bars even if he's convicted and sentenced to death though.





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I hope that there is a nationwide DNA library that takes the DNA of anyone convicted of a crime. Hopefully it's been started already.






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LE says that despite thousands of tips over the last 40 years, Joseph James DeAngelo was never on their radar until last week. I'm so curious about what finally led police to him.

These are the 12 people police believe DeAngelo murdered in the 70s and 80s.

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When DeAngelo sneaked into homes, he'd rape women who were sleeping alone and sometimes kill them (he raped 45+ women).

If they were sleeping with a man, he'd tie the man up and put dishes on the man's back. He threatened to kill the couple if the man moved while he was raping the woman.

After he was done terrorizing and/or killing them, DeAngelo would steal personal items from their homes. If he held onto any of them as sick souvenirs, they'll be great evidence for prosecutors.

LE believes DeAngelo was committing some of these crimes while still employed as a police officer.

He's a monster.

Full story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...spree.html





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(04-26-2018 10:49 AM)Maggot Wrote:  I hope that there is a nationwide DNA library that takes the DNA of anyone convicted of a crime. Hopefully it's been started already.

There are proposals underway to make it mandatory for all crimes across all states. I hope it becomes federal law too. Right now, it's only mandatory in all 50 states to collect DNA samples for certain violent felonies.

Two other pieces of crime legislation that I really want to see get passed:

1. The right for LE to search for familial DNA matches if no perpetrator match exists in the national DNA database.

In some states that's already legal and LE has identified and arrested killers based on DNA matches to a criminal family member.

2. Mandatory rape kit testing -- there are hundreds of thousands of them sitting untested for years in police stations and evidence labs across the country. It's not only a national disgrace, it's a public safety fail.

Rapes are terrible violent crimes against women and need to be investigated thoroughly. And, as evidenced in the DeAngelo case and many others, rapists are also sometimes guilty of a variety of other crimes.

Last year, after many years of high profile exposure and pressure from activists, Congress ponied up $131 million in funding to tackle some of the backlog. Now, they need to make it a requirement that rape kits be tested in a timely manner across the country moving forward, in my opinion.





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This answers my question about how investigators knew to put surveillance on DeAngelo. It's really interesting and the first time I've seen a suspect identified in this manner.

Sacramento investigators tracked down East Area Rapist suspect Joseph James DeAngelo using genealogical websites that contained genetic information from a relative, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday.

The effort was part of a painstaking process that began by using DNA from one of the crime scenes from years ago and comparing it to genetic profiles available online through various websites that cater to individuals wanting to know more about their family backgrounds by accepting DNA samples from them.

Joseph James DeAngelo was the family member in the family tree who was the right age and fit the profile. That's when investigators put him under surveillance and collected an item he discarded which contained his DNA. They tested the discarded item against the DNA from the old crime scene evidence and verified that he was in fact the rapist/killer.

I have a feeling we'll start seeing other cases solved using the same strategy. If LE has perp DNA and it doesn't match to anyone in the criminal DNA database, they'll start running it against DNA profiles on Ancestory.com and similar popular sites. If any blood relative has submitted DNA to trace their family tree, it's bad news for the unidentified perpetrator.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/articl...rylink=cpy





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