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43 Years After Girls' Slayings, 2 Arrests

Cousins to be charged in cold case after California finally tested rape kit from 1973

(Newser) - Authorities have finally made arrests in the death of two girls in California more than 40 years later. Police say 65-year-old cousins Larry Patterson and William Harbour murdered Doris Derryberry, 13, and Valerie Lane, 12, after they vanished from a shopping mall in 1973. The girls were found dead, each... More »

Source: DNA Shows Inmate Isn't Prince's Son

He claimed he was entitled to $300 million estate

(Newser) - DNA test results show a Colorado prison inmate is not Prince's son, a source who has seen a sealed document in the case tells the AP . The finding means that Carlin Q. Williams is not entitled to inherit a fortune worth up to $300 million. TMZ , citing unnamed sources... More »

El Chapo's Wife Says His Daughter Is an Impostor

His daughter says bring on the DNA test

(Newser) - Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's oldest daughter is ready to take a DNA test to prove her identity following a bombshell interview with the Guardian published last week. In the interview, Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz claimed—among other things—that her father snuck across the border... More »

LAPD Testing Knife Allegedly Found on OJ's Property

Though police spokesman warns the entire story could be 'bogus'

(Newser) - An LAPD spokesman has confirmed a TMZ report that detectives are investigating a knife said to have been found on the former estate of OJ Simpson—possibly a weapon involved in the stabbings that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the AP reports. LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the... More »

TMZ Has Crazy Story About an OJ Knife

If true, this could be huge

(Newser) - Its sources are just that—"sources," with no more specific identifiers other than that they're in law enforcement—but TMZ has an incredible story about an allegedly hush-hush investigation being conducted by the LAPD in connection with a knife supposedly found on the perimeter of the former... More »

DNA Clears Man in Prison for 16 Years for Rape

'Shaky witness' testimony erroneously landed Luis Vargas in jail in 1999

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned for 16 years for sexual assault was exonerated Monday after DNA tests showed another man committed the crimes, USA Today reports. Luis Vargas, 46, broke down when an LA Superior Court judge granted a petition to release him from his sentence of 55 years to life... More »

DNA Test Results Are In for KFC 'Deep-Fried Rat'

And the test shows ... it's chicken

(Newser) - Just as exciting as a Maury paternity test, but slightly more stomach-churning: The DNA test results are in for a KFC meal a California man claimed was a deep-fried rat. And those results show that it's definitely, absolutely, without a doubt nothing other than a fried chicken tender, just... More »

Company's Poop Investigation Costs It $2.2M

Georgia company was trying to figure out who pooped in its warehouse

(Newser) - It's like a modern-day Goldilocks, except instead of trying to figure out who's been sleeping in its bed, a Georgia company wanted to know who's been pooping in its warehouse. In an effort to solve its 2012 mystery, Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services—which operates warehouses that... More »

UN Finally Taking Action on 'Peacekeeper Babies'

Organization offers DNA tests to prove paternity

(Newser) - The UN peacekeepers arrive; months later, some leave infants behind. Now the United Nations has quietly started to offer DNA testing to help prove paternity claims and ensure support for the so-called "peacekeeper babies." It's a delicate step, as countries that contribute UN troops might not welcome... More »

After 36 Years in Jail, Man's Charges Dropped

Michael Hanline longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate in Cali: nonprofit

(Newser) - A California man freed after serving 34 years of a life sentence for murder had the charges formally dismissed yesterday. Michael Hanline, 69, was the longest-serving wrongfully incarcerated inmate in California history, according to the California Innocence Project, whose lawyers worked for 15 years to free him. A Ventura County... More »

DNA Poop Tests Find 'Lazy' Dog Owners

BioPet Vet Lab says 1K places have used its service

(Newser) - Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to... More »

Man Confesses to Brutal Thai Murders: Cops

Police waiting on Burmese suspect's DNA test in case of slain Brit backpackers

(Newser) - After a number of DNA dead ends in the investigation of the brutal murders of two British backpackers on the island of Koh Tao, Thai police think they finally have their man (or one of them). A Burmese man is in custody—though not yet formally arrested—and has reportedly... More »

DNA Tests Find No Bigfoot, Possible Yeti

Most hair samples were from bears, cows, raccoons

(Newser) - If there are mysterious, hairy humanoids roaming the wilds of North America, they don't seem to be leaving any DNA behind, according to researchers who have carried out the first-ever comprehensive genetic review of hair samples supposedly from Bigfoot, the Sasquatch, or the Yeti. The alleged Bigfoot samples turned... More »

'Black Market Babies' Trying to Find Roots With DNA

New tests try to identify biological parents of off-the-books adoptees

(Newser) - About 30 people showed up at a Tennessee motel yesterday to give cheek-swab samples, in a last-ditch attempt to locate long-lost biological relatives. In the late 1950s and '60s, a Georgia clinic run by the late Dr. Thomas Hicks facilitated more than 200 off-the-books adoptions, the AP explains . With... More »

Scientists Pry Open Coffin of King Murdered in 1160

Swedish scientists test DNA of King Erik the Holy

(Newser) - A cathedral chaplain calls it "a very special occasion," though it sounds rather grisly: Swedish researchers yesterday opened an 850-year-old coffin containing the remains of the country's King Erik IX, who was murdered in 1160 and later made a saint, the AP reports. Scientists plan to study... More »

DNA Tests Begin in Quest for the Real Mona Lisa

Bones unearthed in Florence could belong to painting's model

(Newser) - A three-year quest that has put researchers on a path toward what they hope is the "real" face of the Mona Lisa winds closer to its conclusion: Silvano Vinceti says DNA tests have begun on a skeleton his team unearthed in July 2012 in Florence , in an effort to... More »

Kidnapper's Sister Calls Hannah Anderson 'Trouble'

But James DiMaggio's sister now says DNA test not needed

(Newser) - Good news and bad news for the Anderson family: The sister of James DiMaggio says she doesn't actually want paternity tests to determine if her brother fathered Hannah and brother Ethan. Last week, a DiMaggio family spokesman said Lora Robinson wanted DNA to give her closure; yesterday she said... More »

DNA Test Fails With In Cold Blood Killers

Perry Smith, Richard Hickock can't be linked to Fla. killing

(Newser) - The killers chronicled in the book In Cold Blood may have gotten away with one—at least for now. DNA testing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock has failed to tie them conclusively to the murder of the Walker family in Sarasota, Fla., the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. A detective had... More »

Cops Returned Wrong Baby in 1964 Kidnapping

Chicago parents raised child found in NJ who DNA says isn't theirs

(Newser) - Paul Joseph Fronczak was abducted as an infant from a Chicago hospital in 1964; shortly afterward authorities thought they'd found him and returned a baby to Fronczak's parents. That child was raised as Paul Fronczak—but a DNA test this year shows it wasn't him. Now, the... More »

Next in Mona Lisa Drama: Digging Up the Family Tomb

Lisa Gherardini's sons could provide a DNA match

(Newser) - Digging up the Mona Lisa was just the beginning, apparently. Now it's time to open her family's tomb for DNA samples of her two sons, NBC News reports. Last year, researchers exhumed several bodies in Florence, Italy, hoping one belonged to Lisa Gherardini—the likely model for Leonardo... More »

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