Thursday, 24 May 2018

Genetic sleuthing again IDs a murder suspect in a cold case

quote [ The arrest of a second murder suspect with the help of genetic genealogy raises worries that suspicionless searches may be next.

On May 17, detectives in Washington arrested 55-year-old William Earl Talbott II of Seatac for the 1987 double murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. A new DNA sleuthing technique called genetic genealogy led to Talbott’s capture. His arrest came just weeks after police in California used the new trick to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case ]

This is out of the box, now. Worries about misuse, making suspects of innocent people, etc are about five years too late.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+3 Interesting]
[by HoZay@2:03amGMT]


norok said @ 2:43am GMT on 24th May
Am I being a little conspiratorial by thinking the plan to collect 1 million Americans' genomes has dual purpose?
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:30pm GMT on 24th May
The data will be collected, then used for whatever anyone wants to use it for.
knumbknutz said @ 4:58pm GMT on 24th May
I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.

I love GATTACA, and always thought that's where our society was heading eventually, but, it is still very strange that the very beginning of it is happening in our lifetimes.
Taxman said @ 10:23pm GMT on 25th May
I think I got my answer in the Best Buy thread, but now that they’ve IDed the murderer, what would you have them do?
HoZay said @ 10:34pm GMT on 25th May
I dont know. I'm just noting another instance of tech unleashed with no prior discussion about limits, potential for abuse, etc. I don't expect Law Enforcement to voluntarily restrain itself, but it would be nice if law makers showed some interest.

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