English "grow" DNA to convict predator?
« Thread started on: Jul 31st, 2006, 12:38pm »
Rest in Peace Suzy Lamplugh! 20 years ago Suzy Lamplugh was abducted and presumed murdered. A predator convicted for the rape and murder of another woman, Shirley Banks, is due to be freed soon.. Remember this is England-no DP and no LWOP! Investagators are trying to 'grow' and test a miscropic trace of DNA found in Suzy's car which they believe will link the predator to Suzy's murder. http://snipurl.com/u5vt Quote:
20 July 2006 WE'LL FINALLY NAIL SUZY KILLER BY GROWING DNA By Jeff Edwards Chief Crime Correspondent SUZY Lamplugh's killer could be brought to justice 20 years after she vanished, thanks to a breakthrough in DNA technology.
Forensic experts will use a tiny spec of DNA found in her car to grow a larger piece they can examine properly.
Police are convinced it belongs to sex killer John Cannan, their only suspect, and are confident it will land him in the dock for Suzy's murder.
Detective Superintendent James Dickie, who is reinvestigating her disappearance, said: "We believe new developments in technology mean we will bring John Cannan to justice.
"Everything from Suzy's car was carefully stored. Today we know every contact leaves a trace and if Cannan was in that car his DNA will be, too.
"We now have a tiny piece of tissue we can work on scientifically. Ten years ago trying to work on a sample this small would have been impractical. The mere act of analysing it would destroy it and thus destroy the evidence itself. What specialists now do is to use that piece of human tissue to grow another piece of identical tissue.
"It means you have a piece to analyse and still have your evidence intact. We think Suzy was abducted in her own car, then transferred to another. Scientists used adhesive tape on every inch of every surface to collect every piece of available scientific evidence from her car. But in the 80s DNA testing was in its infancy and we did not have the ability to analyse what we had."
Estate agent Suzy, 25, disappeared on July 28 1986 after arranging an appointment to see a client called Mr Kipper in Fulham, West London, to view a house.
Cannan, 53, has already served 18 years for the 1987 murder of newlywed Shirley Banks in Bristol. He also violently raped a women in Leamington Spa.
Detectives have interviewed him three times at Full Sutton jail in Yorkshire about Suzy. He has always refused to admit he killed her.
Det Supt Dickie said: "I hope we will have him convicted for the murder of Suzy. I don't think he should ever be released. He will always be a serious danger to women."