DNA Testing for Murder

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question 33 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying the fall foliage in my little corner of North Mississippi.

What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

And now for this week’s Mystery Question: It’s an evening in 1933 and two couples are playing bridge when two gunmen burst into the home and take the two men captive. Although warned not to, one of the wives called the police and the FBI. Within 90 minutes, one of the men was back at the house, shaken but otherwise unharmed. Four days later a ransom note was delivered by mail. Enclosed with the ransom demand was a note in the victim’s handwriting. Once the ransom was paid, the victim was released, but within three weeks, the kidnappers were caught. Which of the following statements is false regarding the case:
  1. The man who was released was involved in the kidnapping and slipped up when he knew too much about the kidnappers.
  2. The kidnapped victim left his fingerprints in several places, even though bound and blindfolded.
  3. One of the kidnappers was married to “Machine Gun” Kelly and this kidnapping was Kelly’s first and only excursion into that type of crime.
  4. The victim’s remarkable memory and attention to detail pinpointed the location where he was kept.

And the answer is…#1.  Number 3 was absolutely true. It was, as far as I know, the only kidnapping the gangster George “Machine Gun” Kelly tried. On a side note,  Machine Gun Kelly was from Memphis, Tennessee. And no, I never knew him. 🙂 Congrats: Edward, Jackie, Jerusah, and Elizabeth for guessing #1.

Now for this week’s Mystery Question: it’s 1987 in Narborough, England. Two women have been murdered and police have a suspect who confessed, a young porter who seemed to know a lot about the killing. He worked at the hospital not far from where the two victims were found, three years apart). His father was the only person who believed he didn’t do it, and he’d heard of a new system of identification based on DNA. When the boy’s DNA sample didn’t match the DNA sample they had of the killer, the police had to start all over. Which of the following statements are not true:
  1. The police drew blood from every local male between the ages of sixteen and thirty-four for DNA testing.
  2. The police didn’t expect the killer to donate blood, but by refusing, they hoped to hone in on the killer.
  3. A man was overheard talking in a bar about being bullied into taking the test on the behalf of someone else, and the woman who overheard the conversation reported it to police.
  4. The man who took the test for the other man was an accomplice of the killer and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Okay, Super Sleuths, which is the incorrect answer? Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a Christian adult coloring book.

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  1. Sandra Orchard

    Wow, your fall colours come much later than ours here in Canada. Our leaves are usually off the trees by early October, but this year we were enjoying great colours up until it snowed last Friday. 🙂 Now what leaves are left on the trees just look brown. 😉

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  2. Paula S.

    I’m guessing #2. Not many trees around my neighborhood. I see some pretty ones on the way to church but most are dull brown around town. Lots of oaks in this region.

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      Patricia Bradley

      Jackie, our leaves were late as well and only lasted a week after they turned. We have one tree left at the end of my street that is so pretty–it’s a red maple. I may try and get a photo of it for next week’s blog. Will definitely put up my azaleas.

  3. Edward Arrington

    Last week, I could not wait to see if my answer was correct. Sometime after my response, I looked up “Machine Gun” Kelly on Wikipedia. If I understand correctly what I read, this was not only his only kidnapping but the crime that resulted in him being sentenced to life in prison where he died.

    Your question immediately following the scenario is “Which of the following statements are not true?” That makes it sound as if there could be multiple false statements. If so, I would choose 3 and 4. But after the statements, you ask which is the wrong statement. I am choosing 3 this week.

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      Patricia Bradley

      Yeah, Edward, my editor tags me on not being clear sometimes. 🙂 Only one statement is false. And congrats on getting the correct answer last week. We’ll see about this week’s. And yes, it’s the crime that put Machine Gun Kelly in jail.

  4. Trixi

    #3 this week. I’m sure not doing good at all for guessing…better not play charades in the future, lol!

    Oregon coast has rain and it’s chilly! I miss the leaves turning brilliant colors, ours just fall to the ground. We mostly have pine trees and birch trees, not like the big maple or oak tress in Illinois where I grew up. Fall just doesn’t seem like fall without the pretty leaves 🙂

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  5. Connie Saunders

    I am going with #1. If DNA was new to these authorities I’m not sure they would have tested that many and I don’t know that they would have limited the ages of the people they were testing.

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  6. Meagan

    I think #1.
    As for trees and colored leaves they are mostly bare here in Wisconsin and have been for a few weeks . We had a big wind storm come through and strip the trees and knock down a few as well 🙁

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