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To Arrest a Murder Suspect, All Detectives Wore Levi's
To Arrest a
Murder Suspect,
All Detectives
Wore Levi's
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To Arrest a Murder Suspect, All Detectives Wore Levi's

1981 murder victim had worked for Levi Strauss

(Newser) - Michael Glazebrook, accused of killing his neighbor in Monterey County, Calif., in 1981, escaped his 1983 murder trial scot-free when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict and the district attorney chose to forgo a retrial. Forty years later, a new trial will finally come. Glazebrook was arrested for...

Woman Sues Fertility Doc for 'Medical Rape'

Says he used his own sperm, without permission, to impregnate her

(Newser) - Another heartbreaking story of an allegedly unethical fertility doctor: In New Jersey, Bianca Voss, 75, learned last year that her daughter Roberta's father was, allegedly, the very OB-GYN who was supposed to have artificially inseminated her using sperm from an anonymous donor almost four decades ago. The bombshell came...

They Kept a Vow Not to Talk for 51 Years. Then They Married

Biological daughter who was put up for adoption played a role

(Newser) - It's not often a person can say they introduced their parents, but that's sort of true for Arkansas' Laura Mabry. Mabry, who was adopted as an infant in 1968, took a DNA test in 2019 that connected her with her birth mother, Donna Horn. During text and email...

DNA Test Led to Her Birth Father, and a Grim Accusation

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. allegedly murdered his wife, mother, and three children

(Newser) - Of all the secrets revealed by at-home DNA tests, Kathy Gillcrist's has to be one of the more extreme. The 63-year-old was adopted and quickly connected with her first known family member after taking a 23andMe DNA test in 2017: a third cousin named Susan Gillmor. As luck would...

Friends of Almost a Decade Find Out They're Sisters
BFFs Make Startling Discovery
After Taking DNA Tests
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BFFs Make Startling Discovery After Taking DNA Tests

Cassandra Madison and Julia Tinetti of Connecticut find out they're actually sisters

(Newser) - There are scatterings of stories about long-lost siblings meeting after completing DNA testing kits. But one such story is especially amazing because, as the Washington Post reports, the two women who discovered they were sisters were already great friends. Cassandra Madison and Julia Tinetti developed a close relationship while working...

He Was a Fertility Miracle Worker, but He Had a Big Secret

HBO delves into the case of Quincy Fortier in 'Baby God'

(Newser) - Quincy Fortier was never charged with any crimes and never lost his medical license, but hushed-up accusations long swirled around him—and since his death in 2006, it has become increasingly clear that the onetime "Doctor of the Year" in Nevada is actually one of several OB-GYNs accused of...

Grandson of Harding and His Lover Wants Body Exhumed

James Blaesing makes his case in Ohio

(Newser) - The grandson of US President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican's remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927, the AP reports. James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’...

DNA Slavery Study Yields Suprises
DNA Slavery Study
Yields Surprises
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DNA Slavery Study Yields Surprises

More enslaved people came to the US from Nigeria than previously thought, researchers say

(Newser) - Using historical records has been the most traditional way to shed light on the dark stain of slavery in the United States. Now, per new research that the Scientist calls "the largest DNA study to examine African ancestry in the Americas," gene analysis is helping put more pieces...

Man Thinks He's the Boy Who's Been Missing for 25 Years
Man Thinks He's the Boy Who's 
Been Missing for 25 Years
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Man Thinks He's the Boy Who's Been Missing for 25 Years

Mother hasn't said whether she'll take a DNA test

(Newser) - Twenty-five years ago this week, a woman told police her 4-year-old son had disappeared while they were shopping at a mall in a Detroit suburb. The child was never found. Now, WDIV reports, a man who says he believes he's that boy has given a DNA sample to police...

Cops Say They've IDed a Serial Killer—but There's a Twist

Suspect can't be charged in South Korea murders as statute of limitations has run out

(Newser) - For years, a serial killer terrorized Hwaseong, a city south of Seoul in South Korea, leaving police stymied. Decades later, authorities say they've finally identified the man who murdered at least three of the 10 victims who were killed between 1986 and 1991 in what is called "the...

Woman's Xmas Gift to Parents Brings Devastating Surprise

Rebecca Cartellone, conceived via IVF, finds out dad isn't biological father due to apparent clinic mix-up

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Ohio woman who thought an Ancestry.com kit would make a great Christmas gift for her parents is now wracked with guilt, and her family thrown into turmoil, after the DNA test revealed her dad isn't her biological father. Per the New York Daily News , the family...

2 Fla. Cops Sent In Their DNA. Turns Out They're Brothers

Neither officer had any idea of the other's existence before 23andMe informed them

(Newser) - Two police officers who live and work hours apart in Florida each submitted DNA swabs to 23andMe—and ended up discovering that they're brothers. Sgt. David Stull, 51, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, sent an email to Eric Reynolds, 49, of the Boynton Beach Police Department explaining...

Body of 'Miss Molly' Exhumed in Kansas

Police hope DNA will finally ID woman found dead in 1986

(Newser) - Police in Kansas have exhumed the body of a woman killed more than 30 years ago in the hope of arriving at her real name. The partially clothed body of the woman nicknamed " Miss Molly " was found face-down in a creek along Interstate 70 in rural Saline County...

Librarian Helps Solve Case of the Bear Brook Murders

Woman, children were found in metal drums in New Hampshire in 1985, 2000

(Newser) - Advances in DNA technology have helped identify serial killers—and, in this case, their victims. Police in New Hampshire say they have identified three of the four victims in a decades-old cold case, CNN reports. In what became known as the Bear Brook murders, the bodies of a woman and...

Baby Abandoned at Airport in 1986 Tracks Down Father
Baby Abandoned at Airport
in 1986 Tracks Down Father
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Baby Abandoned at Airport in 1986 Tracks Down Father

Steven Hydes also found his birth mother, but there's some sad news with that

(Newser) - "Gatwick Gary" has found his biological parents. It's the end of what the New York Daily News calls a "long and emotional journey" for 33-year-old Steven Hydes, a UK man who was discovered in 1986 as a 10-day-old newborn in the ladies' room at Gatwick Airport near...

Ex-King Who Refuses DNA Test Must Pay Daily Fine

Woman is trying to prove that Albert II of Beligum is her father

(Newser) - Delphine Boël could be in a line for a royal inheritance if a DNA test proves she's the love child of Belgium's former king. Until former King Albert II provides a saliva sample, however, Boël will be getting $5,600 a day anyway. A court in...

'She Sucks': But DNA-Test Doubter Just Won $1M

Toxicologist Marina Stajic sued New York City over her firing

(Newser) - A toxicologist who got fired after questioning a dubious kind of DNA test is doing her victory lap—to the tune of $1 million, the New York Times reports. Marina Stajic, a former official at the chief medical examiner's office in New York City, settled with the city Monday...

She Wanted to Learn About Her Dad, Found 29 Siblings

Shauna Harrison got more than she may have expected after turning to 23andMe

(Newser) - When Shauna Harrison was 27, her parents told her more of her origin story: She had been conceived using a sperm donor. What she wouldn't know for another decade-plus is just how many people had the same biological father. KGO reports she turned to 23andMe to see if her...

There's a New Privacy Concern Over DNA Tests

Family Tree DNA, Ed Smart pitch police use of databases to catch criminals

(Newser) - The pitch from DNA companies has been: Send us a sample, and you'll be able to find distant relatives and fill out your family tree. Now one company has added that, as a bonus, your DNA can help catch a criminal. Family Tree DNA has launched a campaign starring...

Girls Never Made It Home From a 1999 Party. Now, a Suspect

New DNA testing technique has tied Coley McCraney to murder of 2 teen girls in 1999

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after they were murdered, two Alabama teens may finally get some justice, and it was partly the case of the Golden State Killer that led to the break in theirs. The story of what had happened to Dothan's JB Beasley and Tracie Hawlett, both 17, on...

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