The Case of the Vanishing Blonde | Culture | Vanity Fair

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

The Case of the Vanishing Blonde | Culture | Vanity Fair:

The “system” is the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The F.B.I.-administered database now has well over eight million DNA offender profiles. Local, state, and federal law-enforcement officials routinely enter DNA samples recovered from convicts and from the scenes and victims of unsolved crimes, and over the years the system has electronically matched more than 100,000 of them, often reaching across surprising distances in place and time. It means that when a DNA sample exists a case can never be classified as entirely “cold.”