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Discarded DNA: Trash Clues Bring Serial Killers to Justice


In the Long Island Gilgo Beach murder case, an unlikely breakthrough occurred when discarded DNA, found on a pizza crust in a Manhattan trash can, led to the arrest of Rex Heuermann in the decade-old murders of three female sex workers. Detectives had been unable to match the DNA found on the victims' bodies until Heuermann unknowingly provided the crucial clue. This incident was deemed a "watershed event" by Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney, emphasizing how seemingly insignificant items can bring serial killers to justice and provide closure to long-unsolved cases. Read more here

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