SEATTLE – A man charged in 1987 for the murder of a young Canadian couple is facing trial in Washington state this week, but it won’t be the challenge of the new research and technology authorities used to link him to the crime.
William Earl Talbott II, is one of dozens of men by the authorities and arrested in front of the old, unsolved crimes in the past year, with the help of genetic genealogy. The practice of identifying suspects of a crime due to the introduction of crime-scene DNA and profiles in the public databases that people have used for a number of years to fill in their family trees. By 2018, researchers in California used this technique to make the arrest on the charge of a man with a sadistic attacker is well-known as the Golden State killer of 13 people have been killed and raped, with nearly 50 women during the 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Privacy advocates have expressed concern, however, Talbott and the lawyers, and say what investigators thought he was, and is not relevant. They argue that the discovery of the Talbott DNA doesn’t make him a murderer.