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B'klyn Cold Case Cracked After 25 Years
New York Post ^ | July 20, 2012 | DAN MacLEOD and LEONARD GREENE

Posted on 07/23/2012 12:34:58 AM PDT by nickcarraway

On New Year’s Day in 1987, a beautiful teenager struggled against an attacker in an empty parking lot in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, scratching him as he fatally stabbed her and left her to die.

Twenty-five years later, police have finally matched the DNA from under Lissette Torres fingernails to a violent neighborhood parolee — or as the girl’s still-grieving family calls him, an animal, at long last caged.

“I want to look him dead in the face,” the victim’s best friend, Lizzette Sierra, 45, said last night of Edwin Alcaide, 53, the convicted pedophile and drug dealer now charged with the murder.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: New York
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Edwin Alcaide held without bail after arrest in 1987 murder of 19-year-old Lissette Torres of Brooklyn
1 posted on 07/23/2012 12:35:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

When did DNA matching get to the point where the scratchings under her fingernails could be tied to the murderer? Must have been after 1987, or it seems the scratches, in connection with the fact she had scratchings under her fingernails which weren’t her own, would have been probable cause to get his DNA then and there and do a comparison.


2 posted on 07/23/2012 12:43:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think they started doing mitochondrial DNA testing in the 1990s.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 12:52:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The necessary sample size has been steadily decreasing since the 1980s. By the late 1990s, the required sample size shrank to the point where scratched off epithelial cells under a victim’s nails often contained a large enough sample size for testing.


4 posted on 07/23/2012 1:05:54 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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