DNA techniques aim to help solve murder mystery

An interesting piece of news from the BBC reports on how scientists are investigating the murder of a man in Northampton in 1930. At the time, the man’s badly-burned body was examined and samples taken during a post-mortem examination at a pub near the crime scene in the village of Hardingstone. The perpetrator was soon caught but the body was never identified.

Decades later, a woman was investigating her family ancestry when her grandmother revealed her long-held belief that her uncle was the man burned to death in a car.The uncle, William Thomas Briggs, left his home in London for a doctor’s appointment in November 1930, but disappeared and was never seen again. “My family were convinced that William was the victim,” said Samantha Hall, whose grandmother had confided in her.

The family were put in touch with the University of Leicester and the team that successfully identified King Richard III whose bones were found under a Leicester car park in 2012.

“The scientists were able to obtain a full single male mtDNA profile from the slide to compare to the family,” a spokeswoman for the team said. The result is due to be revealed to Ms Hall shortly. There’s more details available from the BBC website.

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DNA helps solve murder mystery from 1930

 

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