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posted by mrpg on Wednesday July 18 2018, @03:33PM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-attac dept.

Murder suspect due in U.S. court after DNA cracks open 1988 case

A 59-year-old Indiana man will be formally charged on Thursday with the 1988 murder of an eight-year-old girl after the decades-old cold case was cracked open by DNA evidence linked to a genealogical website, authorities said on Tuesday.

John Miller of Grabill, Indiana, was arrested in nearby Fort Wayne on Sunday after DNA evidence and records on publicly accessible genealogical websites helped investigators track him down. Investigators followed a pattern similar to that used to track down the "Golden State Killer" in California earlier this year.

Miller on Monday was preliminarily charged with murder, child molestation and confinement of someone under 14 years old, 30 years after eight-year-old April Tinsley was found dead in a ditch. He has been ordered held without bond.

If you don't hand over your DNA, you want child murderers to frolic in freedom.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Wednesday July 18 2018, @04:33PM (6 children)

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday July 18 2018, @04:33PM (#708865)

    Interesting cultural implication:

    "recently" tough on crime, big brother is better brother, type of propaganda focused on creating new prison / death row inmates who were mostly young black men guilty of killing other young black men over crack cocaine related issues. Partially made up Hollywood, fake news, and politics and partially entirely factual, although a politically incorrect hate fact to observe their demographics, etc.

    We're entering a new era due to technology and big brother culture, such that for "awhile" we're going to get a temporary impulse of re-opened cold cases where "tough on crime" is gonna mean gray/white haired baby boomers doing the perp walk and being displayed in political advertisements, instead of young black men. So that will be interesting to watch, culturally.

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  • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @05:48PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @05:48PM (#708900)

    Middle age to senior white men are current society's useless garbage responsible for every ill in modern life.

    Not saying I subscribe to that sentiment, just recognizing its existence.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday July 18 2018, @08:40PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 18 2018, @08:40PM (#708984) Journal

      I typically qualify it further. The evil of society is Senior, Rich, Heterosexual, Racist, White, "christian", men.

      The lower I set my standards the more accomplishments I have.
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @11:30PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18 2018, @11:30PM (#709086)

        Who are also "stable geniuses".

      • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Thursday July 19 2018, @02:33AM

        by captain normal (2205) on Thursday July 19 2018, @02:33AM (#709160)

        Humm...I do fit some of those categories, but I am not Rich, Racist nor "christian".

        Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts"- --Daniel Patrick Moynihan--
  • (Score: 2) by Entropy on Wednesday July 18 2018, @06:18PM (1 child)

    by Entropy (4228) on Wednesday July 18 2018, @06:18PM (#708915)

    Or a group of mostly old men of a very predictable demographic. Roughly 6% of the population commits over 50% of murders. Thinking that would change just because a case is old?

    • (Score: 2) by deimtee on Wednesday July 18 2018, @09:28PM

      by deimtee (3272) on Wednesday July 18 2018, @09:28PM (#709007) Journal

      Your 'predictable demographic' is obviously young black men killing other young black men.
      They're not going to put much effort into solving a 30 year old case where one black gang member shot a rival gang member. The cold cases that get this treatment will be those involving young kids / serial killers / politically connected victims. The profiles of those criminals are probably quite different.

      If you cough while drinking cheap red wine it really cleans out your sinuses.