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CSI: Disaster

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white_menboI don’t know if I should laugh or cry: Over the last two years there has been a big hunt for a female police officer killing criminal with mob connections based mostly around southern Germany and Austria.

In 2006 an officer was shot in Heilbronn and the DNA traces which were brought in from the crime scene showed the presence of a female person at the car the officer was shot in. I still remember that case, a friend of mine was in Heilbronn that day and he told me that the police was frantic searching for the murderer and never found him/her.

The same DNA as in Heilbronn later was found in samples from crime scenes from all over southern Germany, and spreading over to Austria, from small burglaries into garden cottages to acts of violence and vandalism. They even started a whole special department trying to find this queen of crime who managed to elude the authorities somehow, and whose presence never actually could be verified by witnesses, only by DNA samples… and who is more trustful, a (maybe even criminal) witness, or an unbiased DNA sample? After all, even though all of the criminals, burglars and car thieves and whatever, told the police they didn’t know anyone like that, and even though the criminals were as multi-ethnic as possible, the genetic samples were there! She had to exist! A queen of crime. A phantom.

They actually went so far to postulate that this unknown female person maybe only was female in her genetic image and would appear as a male person to everyone else including herself. That actually can happen, rarely, but still would have been rather odd.

And they had to wonder why, if this person was travelling all over Southern Germany and Austria to commit her crimes, she never actually once committed a crime in the Free State of Bavaria (which is in the middle of the whole area she worked in).

So, after about 20.000 hours of paid work those police officers put into this case, and a few millions of Euros pumped into this investigation, someone actually thought about looking at the things which all of these crimes (40 all in all) had in common.

Turns out they used cotton buds from the same factory to take the genetic samples.

And all of these buds were spoiled by some careless employee working in that factory who got her DNA traces all over them. Maybe she just handled them without gloves. Maybe she just had sneezed at the wrong moment. Her DNA was on the cotton buds.

The reason why Bavaria was left out of this crime spree was kind of obvious now: they just had used cotton buds from another manufacturer.

2 years of work, unreasonable amounts of money, 40 crime investigations… and the investigators couldn’t be bothered to have a closer look at their own methods.

I bet something like that never is going to show up in CSI.

Source: Stern.de

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Written by G. Neuner

25. March 2009 at 7:48 pm

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  1. […] CSI: Disaster ? Under the Hill By Crescent In 2006 an officer was shot in Heilbronn and the DNA traces which were brought in from the crime scene showed the presence of a female person at the car the officer was shot in. I still remember that case, a friend of mine was in … Under the Hill – https://gneuner.wordpress.com/ […]

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  3. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    RaiulBaztepo

    31. March 2009 at 8:35 pm


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