“The Genetic Detective,” a brand-new ABC News series, follows criminal genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she reinvents the way that crimes are investigated. Moore can identify a violent offender and aid in their prosecution by tracing their family tree using crime scene DNA and the assistance of police departments.
ABC News and XCON Productions collaborated on “The Genetic Detective.” Co-executive producers for ABC News include Carrie Cook and Marc Dorian. XCon Productions’ executive producers are Christine Connor and Christopher K. Dillon. The producer is CeCe Moore.
Genetic Detective Plot
Moore, the Chief Genetic Genealogist at Parabon NanoLabs in Virginia, and her team will be followed in the series as they solve multiple cases using technology, genealogy, and DNA found at the crime scene. Moore and her team are able to identify the suspect using DNA provided to the public genealogy database by relatives.
The series will begin with a cold case from 1987 involving the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg, a Canadian couple in Seattle. The murder of eight-year-old April Tinsley in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the murder of mother and daughter Sherri and Megan Scherer in New Madrid, Missouri, the murder of Angie Dodge in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the case of the Ramsey Street Rapist in Fayetteville, NC, and the rape of 79-year-old Carla Brooks in St George, Utah will also be discussed.
Moore told People about how she realized her interest in genetic genealogy could help. “I knew these techniques had the potential to solve mysteries — in fact, any type of human identification. Whether an adoptee is looking for their birth parents or law enforcement is looking for a potential suspect, this process provides answers in a new way and allows a family to move past something painful or burdensome “she stated
Genetic Detective Ending
The fifth episode focuses on the Ramsey Street rapist, who was involved in multiple sexual assaults between March 2006 and January 2008. At least six women were victimized by this sexual predator while they were at home. Cops were able to collect DNA samples from crime scenes.
The rape kits contained traces of the suspect’s sperm or skin cells and were submitted for profiling after authorities determined that the perpetrator was the same man. However, the attacks ceased in 2008, and no arrests had been made even 12 years later.
The Fayetteville police finally approached Parabon Labs, and CeCe Moore assisted them in first constructing an image of the rapist through phenotyping. The team then genotyped the DNA, obtained a genetic profile, and uploaded it to GEDMatch. CeCe was able to narrow down the suspect’s relatives to ten matches.
She was eventually able to identify the true criminal — Darold Wayne Bowden, who had already served time for larceny in 1993. In truth, he had a significant criminal history. Bowden was arrested, charged, and then incarcerated in the Cumberland County Detention Center on an $18.8 million bond. No bond reduction requests were accepted.
The Hot Case is the title of the sixth and last episode. A detective in St. George, Utah, sends an urgent email to CeCe Moore, an investigative genetic genealogist. The message asks her to take on her first “hot” case, a 79-year-old woman who was raped just three weeks before.
CeCe fears the rapist may commit another rape, therefore she needs to find the case swiftly. In this episode, CeCe also witnesses her first jury trial conviction from a prior case, in which Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook were named as suspects. Interviews with the victim and activist Carla Brooks, Detective Josh Wilson of the St. George Police Department, and journalist Jessica Miller are featured in the conclusion.
Where To Watch Genetic Detective?
You can watch Genetic Detective on Hulu
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