Judge OKs DNA collecting in serial killer case


Vallejo police sent old Zodiac DNA to a lab for testing in hopes of finally solving one of America's most famous unsolved mysteries, the Sacramento Bee reported. The Oregon City man is in extremely poor health in a rehabilitation facility and was unable to answer questions Friday.

Tom Voight, a recreational Zodiac expert who runs the website zodiackiller.com, said he believes a clean DNA sample could be taken from saliva that might be on envelopes mailed by the Zodiac.

"I think they are worth re-examining", she said.

The family was angry the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not told them about the sample but felt better after reading an AP story that investigators obtained a warrant, she said.

Hofsass declared that the results of the DNA analysis would be made public in a couple of weeks.

Would you give the government your DNA?

Sweet added that DeAngelo's public defender Diane Howard, sought the wrong venue and wrong way to challenge the execution of the search warrant.

He said the items were sent for testing a few months before investigators announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, who they say is the Golden State Killer.

Speaking in a feeble, barely audible voice and sitting in a wheelchair, DeAngelo appeared in court last Friday but did not enter a plea to the murder charges he faces in the 1978 deaths of Katie and Brian Maggiore.

DeAngelo has been charged with two murders in Sacramento County, but is suspected in 10 additional killings throughout the state.

It seems that police began the process long before the arrest of DeAngelo.

Police don't need a search warrant to search the trash you leave out at the curb.

Detectives in Northern California are trying to get a DNA profile on the Zodiac Killer to find him with the family-tree tracing technology investigators used to make a recent arrest in another decades-old case.

Although court documents do not say what the genital pictures are for, it could be to confirm victim statements.

But privacy rights are pretty much the same for everyone.

The ethical concern is that people who use these sites are not submitting their information for authorities to have access to them.

Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said the samples were sent to the lab as a matter of routine. "If an ordinary person can do this, why can't a cop?"

On the other hand, individuals may not be aware that their use of such tools might turn them into informants against their own family - but this may be less true today than it was a week ago.

Next-gen DNA sampling technique could potentially reveal the identity of the Zodiac killer.

Users of these sites are often required to agree to policies that prohibit submitting samples and uploading data belonging to anyone other than themselves. He entered the information among 189,000 profiles at the genealogy website, YSearch.org, and the results led to a relative of the OR man. We have seen appropriate uses by law enforcement.