Posts Tagged ‘DNA’

Much like Jack The Ripper he remains a focal point for armchair detectives and those who want to try to be the one that guesses right. The ONS is the name given to a serial killer and rapist who was active between 1979 and 1986.

He may have started out as a burglar and then the crimes escalated, the areas he stalked ere middle-class and he started out with single-women. Most of his victims had seen or heard a prowler on their property, so police believe he would do reconnaissance on the matter.

After initially targeting women he moved on to couples, this seems that it could be in response to the press goading him with the fact it was always single-women and seemingly a need to prove otherwise. Perhaps he felt they were issuing some sort of challenge.

Initially the Southern Californian murders were not thought to be connected, but later DNA testing linked the cases together. If you want to investigate the victims in detail it could be quite difficult to do due to the sheer number, but there are characteristics and there was a psychological profile put together. For the purposes of my writings I have not gone into the victims details.

A summary of the profile is that the suspect is, or was, white and would likely have lived near the area in 1980. Given his lack of identification he was not likely to stand out as an individual, he was in good physical shape because he evaded witnesses and law officials either by using a bicycle or by running. It was determined he would likely have engaged in sex with prostitutes and would be able to function sexually with either consenting or non-consenting individuals.

The last known contact was seemingly in 1991 when the Original Night Stalker made a call to the police to taunt one of his victims. There is a chance that he committed suicide or has been incarcerated for some other crime, putting an end to it.

Arts and Entertainments Channel’s ‘Cold Case Files’ aired and episode on the ONS and there is a good site if you want to read up: https://sites.google.com/site/jjmcgr/home

EDIT: When I originally wrote this in 2017 as a draft I wrote it with the view of being unsolved, now it seems that things really can move on and new developments in the case came forwards.

The Golden State Killer is the other name that you may know this case as, or even East Area Rapist. but effectively it would appear all could be tied up into this case.  What might once of been a series of cases has slowly tied itself into one operation and someone has been arrested and charged in connection with eight counts of first-degree murder alongside attempts to press charges related to cases that have not been lost due the statute of limitations.

On the 24th April, 2016 following decades of police work, FBI, a crime writer’s book (Michelle McNamara, Golden State Killer was termed by her) and a continued public involvement, a man named Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested. the 72-year-old Navy Veteran was arrested and charged with 8 counts of first-degree murder and it was linked to DNA evidence. California’s statute of limitations means that whilst they could press charges on the rape charges they could continue to press charges for crimes that were still possible to work with. The work undertaken would simply take far more in depth writing than my simple blog could cover but it is a testament to the dedication of people seeking justice that movement on these victim’s cases are still paying off now.

As a small side note – it has been 8 years since my morgue doors open and I thank everyone that keeps commenting, sharing and correcting anything I get wrong. I genuinely love writing and researching these things and hope you enjoy reading them.

 

I cannot say that I appreciate beauty pageants at the best of times, perhaps this story counts towards why… the length’s some people seemingly go to just to make children look more adult? Why… let children be children. Anyway! Before this becomes a very personal rant instead of a report on a strange case here goes.

JonBenét was child beauty pageant contestant, she was murdered in her own home in 996. She was reported missing and found eight hours later in her own family home’s basement. The six year old had been struck on the head and strangled. Her case remains unsolved and continues to generate a great deal of interest.

Law enforcement initially favoured her parents and her brother, the the family were exonerated in 2003 due to DNA evidence from her clothing. Media coverage often focuses on her beauty pageant involvement, and some have questioned how the police handled it.

The ransom note discovered was supposedly to the value of $118,000 and despite instructions not to contact the police she did. A search was carried out by police and it was John Ramsey, her father, who found her body. DNA extracted in 2003 is ran through CODIS weekly.

An in-depth look at the tragedy can be found here 

Curiously a male-to-female transgender formerly known as John Mark Karr decided he would confess to the murder.  DNA excluded her but she continued to cause more problems. I find it sad that an already terrible tragedy was made worse by false confessions. I hope that the original killer is found, and that the poor young lady gets the justice she deserves.