DNA Testing: Cold Cases Solved

Our program DNA Testing: Cold Cases Solved will be held on Thursday April 19th at 7:00pm. Registration is not required and all are welcome to attend!

A criminal case becomes “cold” when all available information has been exhausted. Decades old cold cases can now be solved using sophisticated forensic DNA Testing. Join Dr. Hal Tinberg and learn how this technology, along with the work of dedicated police detectives, has solved such baffling cases as the Southland Strangler and the Grim Sleeper murders, and the oldest DNA cold case in US history. Dr. Hal Tinberg is retired from Abbott Laboratories and currently lectures on forensic science.

Here are some books that you can find in our library about Forensics, Cold Cases, and DNA testing.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones – Bridget Heos
Provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics.

One Doctor – Brendan Reilly, M.D.
As Reilly’s patients and their families confront the limits of medicine’s power to cure, One Doctor lays bare a fragmented, depersonalized, business-driven health care system where real caring is hard to find.

The Drop – Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab?

Blood Secrets – Rod Englert
Reveals how forensic experts read the story of a murder told in the traces of blood left behind, providing crucial evidence that has helped convict criminals who might have otherwise walked free.

Out of Bounds – Val McDermid
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. It’s a cold case that should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

The Language of Life – Francis S. Collins
Offers practical advice on how to utilize medical, scientific, and genetic discoveries for you and your family’s current and future health and well-being.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – Michelle McNamara
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Forensics – Val McDermid
Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

The Central Park Five – Sarah Burns
In this spellbinding account of the real facts of the Central Park jogger case, Sarah Burns powerfully reexamines one of New York City’s most notorious crimes and its aftermath.

-Claire

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