Helene Pruszynski

Intern Left Colo. Radio Station in 1980 and Never Made It Home — and Killer Is Finally Sentenced

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Forty years after the kidnapping and murder of 21-year-old Helene Pruszynski, her family received justice.

On Wednesday, James Clanton was sentenced to life in prison for the 1980 murder of Pruszynski, the Denver Post reports. In February, Clanton pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree murder after deliberation. He was arrested three months earlier after investigators used “genetic genealogy” technology on DNA evidence found on Pruszynski’s body and clothing.

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Hometown Hero: Kelly Knight, Professor of Forensic Science

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When you think of a forensic scientist, your mind probably goes to shows like CSI or Forensic Files.  Honestly, for a true crime enthusiast, the idea of speaking with someone who helps solve murder and rape cases is an absolute dream come true. We chatted with our personal hero, Professor Kelly Knight, who is a principal investigator at a university lab about how she became interested in forensics, and about how she hopes to one day solve a cold case using genetic genealogy.

DNA Leads To Arrest In 1987 Strangulation Of Teen Who Was Preparing To Be Maid Of Honor In Sister’s Wedding

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More than three decades after a music-loving Ohio teen was strangled to death, a man has been arrested and charged in connection with her horrific murder. Barbara “Barbie” Blatnik, 17, was found dead in a wooded area of Cuyahoga Falls on Dec. 20, 1987, the Cuyahoga Falls Police department noted in a Wednesday press release provided to Oxygen.com. Her naked body was found not far from the road. She had been raped and strangled.

Man Accused of Killing 5 of His Babies in Cold Case That Has Haunted Investigators for Years

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A California man has been arrested for the killings of five of his infant children more than a decade after the infants’ deaths.
Thanks to new DNA technology, authorities were able to identify a deceased infant found by a fisherman in March 2007 in a sealed container weighed down with “heavy objects” as Nikko Lee Perez, authorities said.

Parents of murdered Victoria Hall, 17, have new hope her killer will be found as case is reopened

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The parents of 17-year-old Victoria Hall have spoken of their hope of finding her killer after she was found in a ditch 20 years ago.

Victoria Hall disappeared when she was walking home from a nightclub in Felixstowe, Suffolk, on September 19 1999.

Her body was found by a dog walker in a water-filled ditch five days later in Creeting St Peter near Stowmarket, Suffolk, but her killer has never been found.