In this podcast episode, AMU criminal justice professor Jennifer Bucholtz discusses how genetic genealogy databases can help solve cold cases by identifying unknown DNA samples of both criminals and victims. Learn more about the challenges of using this advanced investigative technique and why it's so important for law enforcement to educate the public about policies and procedures in order to alleviate privacy concerns.
By Jennifer Bucholtz
In July, hackers breached GEDMatch, an ancestry genealogy site. What impact could this have on law enforcement's ability to use genealogy sites to solve cold cases?
What circumstantial evidence exists in the unsolved murder of Rebekah Gould and is it enough to obtain a conviction in court? In the fifth and final planned episode of this series, Jennifer Bucholtz shares her list of circumstantial evidence she’s uncovered and who it points to as the most likely suspect.
What, specifically, caused Rebekah Gould’s death? In the fourth episode of this five-part podcast series, Jennifer Bucholtz analyzes the findings detailed in Rebekah’s autopsy report to better understand the injuries she sustained.
What do the actions of a killer tell investigators about their personality, motive, and identity? In the third episode of this five-part podcast series, AMU Criminal Justice professor Jennifer Bucholtz outlines a behavioral analysis profile of Rebekah Gould’s killer.
In this episode, gain a local perspective about the area where Rebekah Gould was murdered in 2004. Hear what Jennifer Bucholtz discovered during her trip to Arkansas regarding the likely route the killer drove between crime scenes. This episode also features journalist and true-crime author, George Jared, who was part of the original search party for Rebekah's body.
In September 2004, 22-year-old college student Rebekah Gould was murdered. Her case remains unsolved. In the first episode of this five-part podcast series, learn about the evidence in this cold case from Jennifer Bucholtz, a criminal justice and forensic science professor at American Military University, who has spent months reviewing and analyzing the facts of this unsolved murder.