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  1. #1 COULD THERE BE ANOTHER RIDGEWAY, GACY, OR BUNDY? 
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    Given all the advances in forensics & DNA testing over the past 20 years or so, do you think there will ever be another serial killer that gets away with killing as many people as Ridgeway, Gacy, or Bundy?


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    As in destroying DNA evidence?

    A recent serial killer disposed of DNA evidence through his pig farm. Its difficult to tell the difference. What he buried though was not lost in the food chain. The human food chain does a much tidier job of erasing genetic material than the natural one.

    That guy got away with it because his victims were skid row junkies, so their disappearance was unremarkable. And slaughtering pigs provided a great smokescreen.

    You would have to go to war to find a better smokescreen.


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    What I mean is these days, is a serial killer likely to be caught before he or she manages to kill scores of victims?
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    If he becomes a suspect, then he will more likely be caught. If he manages to escape suspicion, the DNA samples would not be of any use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    If he becomes a suspect, then he will more likely be caught. If he manages to escape suspicion, the DNA samples would not be of any use.
    Yes. But what about all the other advances in forensics over the past 20 years or so? Like ways of getting fingerprints off of garbage bags, being able to match a piece of tape to a specific roll, etc...?
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    What I mean is these days, is a serial killer likely to be caught before he or she manages to kill scores of victims?
    depends upon how good he is. don't forget that the real world does not operate like the csi franchise or criminal minds. there is a lot more time intervening from discovery of 'evidence' and return of results along with all the other hoops one must walk through.

    being able to match a piece of tape to a specific roll,
    you would still have to prove he bought the roll, if there were no fingerprints and was not being set up by someone who planted the roll in his house or whatever. there is no cut and dried slam dunk.

    in this country they just caught up to a serial killer who murdered 7 women. took them years even with all the 'modern' resources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG
    What I mean is these days, is a serial killer likely to be caught before he or she manages to kill scores of victims?
    Yes, the police act when they start to see a pattern in crimes. It is possible that someone could get away with it, if they knew how to destroy evidence, were well versed in forensics (two ways to use the knowledge) and/or were able to shift the spotlight (or even better not step into the spotlight at all).

    8) *Evil scientist laugh*
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