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Sweden halts probe into 1986 murder of PM Olof Palme

Sweden on Wednesday dropped its investigation into the unsolved murder of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was shot dead 34 years ago in Stockholm, saying the decision was made because the main suspect died in 2000.

Spokane police say genetic sleuthing solved 1985 murder of 12-year-old girl

Marsi Leah Belecz ran away from her home in the East Central Neighborhood on the night of Aug. 3, 1985, and her mutilated body was discovered two days later in a nearby towing yard. Despite hundreds of interviews and other exhaustive police work, Marsi’s killer went unnamed for decades.

Headless torso discovered in Idaho cave identified as 1916 murder suspect

The story in the June 1916 Idaho newspaper was alarming: A man suspected of brutally murdering his wife "escaped on May 18 from custody and has not been caught." He was never seen again. Now, authorities say that dismembered remains found in a remote cave 40 years ago have been identified as those of the suspected murderer - an apparent victim of frontier justice.

Washington man convicted in 1987 killings of Canadian couple

A jury convicted a Washington state man Friday in the killings of a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago – a case that was finally solved when investigators turned to powerful genealogy software to build a family tree of the then-unknown suspect.

Man arrested in 1994 strangling death of Vancouver woman

An Oregon man was arrested on suspicion of murder with sexual motivation in the death of a Vancouver woman found strangled in her bed nearly 25 years ago. Investigators have linked him by DNA to the victim, authorities said Tuesday.

High profile arrest led Alabama police to genealogy testing

A truck-driving preacher accused in the killing of two teenage girls from Alabama decades ago was found with the same genealogy database techniques that were used to identify a suspect last year in the notorious “Golden State” serial killings.

Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who had eluded authorities for decades.