Why The Golden State Killer Arrest Is Problematic


THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER SUSPECT
WAS RECENTLY ARRESTED AFTER DECADES OF THIS CASE GOING COLD. THIS IS A MAN WHO KILLED 12
PEOPLE AND RAPED AT LEAST 50. JOSEPH JAMES DEANGELO
AS THE SUSPECT. HE HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER ALL
THIS TIME. THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER, HAS
LESS CRIME WAS IN ORANGE COUNTY IN 1986. HIS FIRST, SACRAMENTO IN 1976. OVER THIS TIME INVESTIGATORS
WERE NOT SURE WHERE HE COULD’VE SETTLED IN. THERE WAS RECENT REIGNITING OF
THIS CASE THANKS TO A BOOK BY MICHELLE MCNAMARA. THE DNA THEY SOURCED WAS FROM A
WEBSITE BUT IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN UPLOAD THEIR OWN DNA
DATA, CALLED GEDMATCH. THIS IS A RELATIVELY SMALL
WEBSITE. JUST A COUPLE YEARS AGO THEY WERE TRYING TO GET
DONATIONS FROM PAYPAL FOR IT TO WORK. IT IS RUN BY TWO PEOPLE. YOU CAN UPLOAD YOUR DATA AND SEE
IF YOU HAVE DIFFERENT RELATIVES. IT IS NOT NECESSARILY FROM A
PRIVATE DNA ANALYSIS COMPANY LIKE 23 AND ME OR ANCESTRY.COM
TO SPECIFICALLY TALKED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE WORRIED
ABOUT THE PRIVACY ELEMENT. THIS DATA WAS SOURCED FROM A
RELATIVE OF JAMES DEANGELO. THEY COMPARED DNA EVIDENCE LEFT
AT CRIME SCENES. IT’S A VERY INTERESTING HOW THIS WAS SOLVED
BUT IT DOES HAVE POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE CASES
AND FOR DNA PRIVACY AND DATA PRIVACY ITSELF. IN RESPONSE TO THIS 23ANDME
AND ANCESTRY DNA RESPONDED TO THIS. THEY DID NOTE THEY HAVE
NOT BEEN APPROACHED WITH ANY VALID LEGAL REASON SO FAR THOUGH
SOME WORRY THAT AFTER THIS CASE IT MAY HAPPEN MORE FREQUENTLY AS
PEOPLE MAY HOPE TO SOLVE COLD CASES ABOUT LOVED ONES USING
THIS DATA. THE ACLU HAS SPECIFIC ISSUES
WITH THIS IN TERMS OF MAYBE HALF MATCHES. AND ACLU SENIOR ANALYST SPOKE
OUT ON THIS. SO THIS BRINGS UP QUESTIONS AS
TO WHERE DOES THE FUTURE GO AFTER THIS? IT’S HARD TO ARGUE
AGAINST A SERIAL KILLER AND RAPIST BEING ARRESTED BUT
PRECEDENTS DO SET FORTH OTHER ACTIONS IN MOTION. PERHAPS SUSPECTS WERE NOT GUILTY
WILL BE ENTANGLED IN THIS.>>THERE’S A LOT GOING ON HERE. IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE WIKIPEDIA
OF DNA AND EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES TO IT. IF YOU THINK OF IT THAT WAY THEN YOU UNDERSTAND
THERE IS AN IMPLIED GIVING UP OF PRIVACY OR CERTAIN WALLS THAT
MIGHT BE AROUND YOUR DATA WHERE YOU ARE PAYING FOR THE
SERVICE. I THINK IMPLIED IN THAT OPEN SOURCING IS SOME
VULNERABILITY- BUT THERE IS AN AWFUL LOT GOING ON HERE.>>I JUST MISS THE OLD DAYS WHEN
YOU COULD WALK INTO A BANK, WITH THE GUN AND SAY HANDS UP GIVE ME
ALL YOUR MONEY. YOU COULD EVEN
PUT YOUR NAME OUT THERE, THEY COULD BARELY TRACK YOU. AT LEAST NOW WITH DNA EVIDENCE
THEY CAN ACTUALLY FIGURE OUT WHO YOU ARE AND FIND YOU. JUSTICE IS SERVED. DNA EVIDENCE DOES HELP WITH COLD
CASES AND HELPS WITH OLD CASES BEING OPENED WITH PEOPLE THAT
WERE FALSELY CONVICTED OF MURDER OR RAPE WHICH DISPROPORTIONATELY
TARGETS PEOPLE OF COLOR. THERE IS GOOD AND THE BAD. I THINK ONCE WE HAVE A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO ANALYZE THIS DATA AND ONCE THERE ISN’T
AS MUCH CONFUSION SURROUNDING THE PROCESS WE WILL BE ABLE TO
PUT BETTER CHECKS AND BALANCES IN THE SYSTEM SO IT IS
NOT ABUSED.>>THE ACLU HAD A GOOD POINT. YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF PARTIAL
DNA MATCHES. I CAN SEE SOMEONE BEING TARGETED
IN A WAY AND PUSH THIS TO SOMEONE WHO IS POTENTIALLY
INNOCENT.>>THAT IS THE DOWNSIDE. THESE COLD CASES – ALSO THIS WAS
A HEINOUS CRIME. THIS GUY WAS A SERIAL MURDERER
AND RAPIST. THE DETAILS ARE EVEN MORE
HORRIBLE. THE IDEA THAT THEY USED THIS
METHOD TO GET THIS GUY, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SO MANY YEARS
LATER, IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD EVEN THOUGH IT DID TAKE SO
LONG. THERE ARE OTHER COLD CASES – IT
IS COMPLICATED AND I WISH I COULD SAY IT IS WRONG TO HAVE
ALL THIS DATA OUT THERE. KIM IS RIGHT, THE FALSE
POSITIVES IF YOU WILL – BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN THOSE HALF
MATCHES COULD MAYBE GET YOU TO THE ACTUAL PERPETRATOR.>>I THINK IT COULD CERTAINLY
CHANGE HOW DETECTIVES AND INVESTIGATORS WORK. BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THESE
DANGERS GOING ON, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T REALLY WATCH THEIR
DATA AS CLOSELY AS THEY SHOULD. I THINK DATA PRIVACY IS VERY
IMPORTANT. I THINK WE ARE GETTING MORE USED
TO OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR OUR DNA, BEING PUBLIC DOMAIN OR
SOMEONE BEING ALLOWED TO PROFIT OFF OF IT.>>I THINK ALSO IT WILL EVOLVE. THIS WILL UNFOLD IN WAYS THAT WE
CAN’T EVEN SEE YET. THERE WILL BE ROLES AND
RESTRICTIONS AND LIMITATIONS ON HOW THIS IS USED. BUT THE SCIENCE HAS TO CONTINUE
TO EVOLVE.>>I MEAN, LAW ENFORCEMENT DOES
HAVE A HISTORY OF ABUSING THESE SORT OF TECHNOLOGICAL
ADVANCES. USUALLY WE PUT TOGETHER THESE
HAWKISH CONCERNS WHEN IT COMES TO VIOLATING PRIVACY IN A VERY
GROSS AND TRANSPARENTLY EVIL WAY. I WAS GO BACK TO THE NSA SPYING
CASES OF EDWARD SNOWDEN. AND HOW WE KIND OF LET THINGS
SLIDE AND WE DON’T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE. THE FACT THAT YOUR DNA EVIDENCE
CANNOT BE USED IN A SIMILAR FASHION IS TERRIFYING BECAUSE
THE GOVERNMENT CAN AND STILL CONTINUES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS.>>SOMETIMES THE LAW DOESN’T GO
AS FAST AS TECHNOLOGY. THIS COULD BE IMMINENTLY
DANGEROUS OR HELPFUL, WE DON’T KNOW YET.

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