Friday, March 27, 2009

Postscript to the Story of the DNA Pixie Dust in the Phantom of Heilbronn Case

A representative of the state prosecutor's office in Heilbronn officially confirmed that the source of the DNA found at about 40 crime scenes in Europe was not the hypothesized persistent peripatetic perpetrator called the "Phantom of Heilbronn" but, rather, a mercifully-unnamed female employee at an unnamed packing company somewhere in Bavaria. (The female employee presumably did not bother to wear gloves when packing the cotton swabs.) See "'Phantom-Mörderin' ist ein Phantom [The Phantom Murderer is a Phantom]," Spiegel Online (March 27, 2009).

The "Gold Standard" Bites the Dust! (gratuitous editorial comment by PT)

So: Did someone win the 300,000 Euro award for providing definitive clues to the (non-)identity of the Phantom of Heilbronn? If not, why not?

the dynamic evidence page

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