A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann "Jeanie" Childs. The case was reopened in 2015 by a Minneapolis homicide detective and an FBI special agent, who decided to take another look because of advances in DNA testing. Childs had been stabbed multiple times all over her naked body, and blood covered the walls of her bedroom, living room and bathroom, according to a warrant.Samples from the scene were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a private DNA company. The samples were later run through an online genealogy website, which turned up Westrom as a possible suspect.Investigators then used the internet to determine where Westrom would be in public places and then secretly trailed him to his … [Read more...] about A dad tossed a napkin at his daughter’s hockey game. Police used it to arrest him in a 1993 murder case.
Wisconsin unsolved murders database
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 7:06 am PDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 There was just enough spit on the back of the 9-cent stamp to piece together the identity of the person who licked it. Everything except for his name. The anonymous person had mailed two threatening and racially tinged letters to Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colás, the Wisconsin county's first Hispanic judge, after one of the most controversial decisions of his career. It was early October 2012, and Colás had just struck down a law that gutted collective bargaining rights for public employees, resulting in praise from unions and piles of hate mail from others - including death threats from this anonymous mailer. The judge's decision was later overturned. But the pursuit of the anonymous letter-writer continued. The first threat on the judge's life came enclosed with a Los Angeles Times newspaper clipping that detailed the murders of two Mexican politicians, suggesting … [Read more...] about The culprit’s name remains unknown. But he licked a stamp, and now his DNA stands indicted.