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Cat DNA Solves Another Homicide

02 Apr
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Tinker doesn’t look like a snitch. But then again, neither did Snowball. Snowball is a very famous cat. It was Snowball’s DNA that led to the solution of a 1994 murder and it represented the first time cat DNA had been used to solve a crime.

From HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS:

FORENSIC CASE FILES: SNOWBALL THE CAT

In 1994, Shirley Duguay of Prince Edward Island disappeared. A few days later her corpse was discovered in a shallow grave along with a leather jacket, which was soaked with her blood and dotted with white cat hairs. Her estranged husband, Douglas Beamish, owned a white cat named Snowball. DNA in blood taken from Snowball matched that of the cat hairs found at the burial site, proving that those hairs came from Snowball and no other white cat. Beamish was convicted, marking this case the first time that animal DNA was used to gain a conviction.

Tinker has now followed suit in a very interesting case from Britain.

 

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4 responses to “Cat DNA Solves Another Homicide

  1. Clea Simon

    April 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome! Thank you for this.

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  2. Pat Marinelli

    April 3, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Since we have four rescue cats, the ideas are running rampant in my head now. Thanks for the great info.

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  3. Cygnia

    April 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I can haz conviction?🙂

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  4. Cheryl B. Dale

    April 4, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Interesting info! Exciting advances in science!

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