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The Controversial DNA Search That Helped Nab the ‘Grim Sleeper’ Is Winning Over Skeptics

October 26, 2016

(Los Angeles Times) – The state’s early success using familial DNA searches to identify the so-called “Grim Sleeper” serial killer led Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to predict that the method would “change the way policing is done in the United States.” Civil liberty groups expressed alarm, saying the searches raised significant ethical and privacy concerns. Some questioned their legality. Since then, familial DNA has made more modest progress than Beck predicted but has also gained wider respect.

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