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DNA: Between crime busting and privacy

India has a proposal that would make it mandatory for anybody making a police complaint to provide a DNA sample


Devangshu Datta
The case of the Golden State Killer is an astounding thriller. The California police solved a string of horrific crimes and identified the perpetrator by means of DNA analysis and matching. Between 1977 and 1986, a rapist-killer stalked California, attacking people across multiple small towns in and around the state capital of Sacramento. He committed at least 50 rapes and 100-odd burglaries and murdered at least 12 people. 

The crimes were conclusively linked together by DNA evidence as well as by the common modus operandi. The DNA linkages were only possible around the year 2000 although it was strongly suspected that
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First Published: Apr 28 2018 | 5:51 AM IST

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