Friday, March 27, 2009

First course is red herring, second course is crow

First course is red herring, second course is crow Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Posted by John Murrell on March 27th, 2009 at 12:55 am
DNA evidence — powerful stuff for law enforcement, identifying criminals and securing convictions, better than fingerprints, much better than eyewitnesses. Yep, follow the DNA if you want to nab your man. Or woman. Or mannish-looking woman. Or not."

For more than 15 years, police in Germany and neighboring countries have been following the trail of a violent, erratic and remarkably elusive criminal who left traces of DNA at more than 40 crime scenes, including six murders. From the evidence, police knew the suspect was a woman of Eastern European descent, but nothing more. She became known as the “The Woman Without a Face” and “the Phantom of Heilbronn,” after the city in southern Germany where she allegedly killed a policewoman, and a $400,000 reward was posted for her capture.