Night Stalker Case Study

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Night Stalker Brenda Feliz Everest University Online 1. Please explain a case where physical evidence was extremely important in the conviction of the criminal. 2. Please explain the facts of the case and how they pertain to the physical evidence. In Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1990, there were three different crimes committed by an unknown attacker that was named the “Night Stalker”. In March an elderly woman was brutally raped and almost murdered, but her daughter came home early and the attacker fled the scene and left materials behind that would have been used to burn the house down in order to cover up the crime. In July, a second elderly woman was raped and murdered, and in October, a third woman was raped and stabbed to death and her husband was also murdered. The house was set on fire, but fire and rescue were able to get the bodies out before the house was totally destroyed. DNA analysis of the vaginal swabs from the three women who had been raped enabled the authorities…show more content…
What physical evidence was related to the case? The main physical evidence used to solve this case was the biological DNA evidence from the vaginal swabs from the three elderly women who had been raped. (Saferstein, R. 2009) 4. What was the outcome of the case? In April, 2001 convicted-offender database got what was called a “cold-hit” because the perpetrator of the crime had been convicted of shooting at a residence that was occupied, which in North Carolina requires that the persons DNA be placed in the criminal database. He was brought in for questioning, served with a search warrant and a blood sample taken. The blood was analyzed and a match was made to the DNA of the perpetrator the authorities had named the “Night Stalker”. When he was confronted with the DNA results, he confessed to all of the murders. (Saferstein R. 2009) Reference Saferstein, R. (2009). Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice
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