'Chewing Gum Survey' Snares Man for 1976 Murder
DNA match made 36 years after Maine slaying
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2012 1:53 AM CDT
This booking photo released by the Maine State Police shows Gary Raub.   (AP Photo/Maine State Police)

(Newser) – A Seattle man accused of a horrific murder in Maine 36 years ago was busted after an undercover cop got his DNA by persuading him to take part in a "chewing gum survey," the Daily Mail reports. The DNA obtained from 63-year-old transient Gary Raub matched that of blood found at the scene of the murder of his former landlady in 1976. She had been stabbed dozens of times. Police interviewed Raub twice after the murder, but he denied involvement. This is the oldest cold case killing in Maine in which an arrest has been made.

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Oct 18, 2012 6:54 PM CDT
Forget the gum; give this man a drink, he looks like he can use a shot. First round is on me.
Oct 18, 2012 1:39 AM CDT
I say "Great police work", they have done their job. Now it's up to the judiciary to do theirs. What's the odds that Maine had a "Death Penalty" 63 years ago?
Oct 17, 2012 7:25 PM CDT
63? He looks 163! (Why is his beard purple?)