Another forensic DNA advancement is helping authorities in Australia to identify the unidentified remains of missing persons.
DNA phenotyping can predict a person’s physical appearance, including color of eye, hair and skin, as well as other characteristics, without the need for a match with an existing sample in a database. In Australia the focus of this technique has been in missing-persons cases, but it will also be used by the Australian Federal Police to aid in criminal investigations.
As the article notes, police departments in the United States “have for years been using private DNA phenotyping services, like one from the Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs, to try to generate facial images of suspects.” “The images are sometimes distributed to the public to assist in investigations.”
While there is debate about the ethics and application of this technology, it is clear it will continue to be refined. Who knows, if the MSP properly handled and stored the evidence in the OCCK case and was ever transparent about this investigation, after 45 years we could still learn a lot about who left DNA on those kids and their belongings. And this could happen in conjunction with genetic genealogy searches based on recovered DNA. There is more than one way to get after this.
No matter how careful the monsters were who were in contact with these murdered kids, they left DNA. A shower, a bath, surgical gloves–good enough for 1976 or 1977, but not for today. If the agency in charge of hunting down the murderers in essence assisted the killers in these cases by not following any semblance of good protocol in handling, reviewing, interpreting and storing the evidence, the amazing technology that has and is being developed at a very rapid pace will be useless here. Another win for the monsters and their enablers.
A special prosecutor has charged Alaska’s former acting attorney general with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he coached on a high school mock trial team in May 1991:
In August 2020, Alaska AG Kevin Clarkson resigned after it was revealed a junior, female state employee complained about some 600 questionable and provocative texts the married family man Clarkson sent her in the period of a month. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/us/alaska-clarkson-resignation.html. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy then appointed Ed Sniffen as interim AG, citing his “long and proven record of leadership within the Department of Law,” subject to confirmation by the legislature.
The governor quickly learned that Sniffen’s long and proven record included having sex with a 17-year-old girl he coached on a high school mock trial team in May 1991. In the wake of an immediate investigation by a special prosecutor, Sniffen wisely resigned a mere two weeks after his appointment and a few days before legislative confirmation for “personal reasons.” The governor then appointed another man, Treg Taylor, as acting AG.
How do you think men like Clarkson or Sniffen view cases of alleged predation or legislation to address related issues? People like this are prosecutors and judges. It should alarm you.