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Cracking Cold Cases: DNA Detectives
Did you know that The Golden State Killer was captured by the work of a renowned genealogist, Barbara Rae Venter? The Golden State Killer committed more than 50 rapes and 14 killings over 14 years before he was captured. Repeated attempts to track him down were foiled even though hundreds of law enforcement officers were assigned to the case. Today thousands of cold cases, some more than decades old, are being cracked because of genealogy, genetics, and DNA, revolutionizing the field of criminology. Join us to learn more about how genealogists are aiding law enforcement with their skills in locating familial connections to capture perpetrators and also exonerate innocent people.