1 Life 2 Crimes
2.1 DNA profiling 2.2 Arrest and conviction
3 Artwork 4 Parole review 5 Drama 6 See also 7 References 8 Cited works and further reading
Life Pitchfork lived in Newbold Verdon, attending school in Market Bosworth and Desford, until his marriage in 1981 to a social worker, after which he lived in Littlethorpe. The Pitchforks had two sons. Before his marriage, Pitchfork had been convicted of indecent exposure and had been referred for therapy at Carlton Hayes Hospital, Narborough. Pitchfork had obtained work in Hampshires Bakery in 1976 as an apprentice. He continued to work there until his arrest for the murders. He became particularly skilled as a sculptor of cake decorations and had hoped eventually to start his own cake decorating business. According to his supervisor he was "a good worker and time-keeper, but he was moody ... and he couldn't leave women employees alone. He was always chatting them up." Crimes
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On 21 November 1983, a 15-year-old girl named Lynda Mann left her home
to visit a friend's house. She did not return. The next morning, she
was found raped and strangled on a deserted footpath known locally as
the Black Pad. Using forensic science techniques available at the
time, police linked a semen sample taken from her body to a person
with type A blood and an enzyme profile that matched only 10 percent
of males. With no other leads or evidence, the case was left open.
On 31 July 1986, another 15-year-old girl, Dawn Ashworth, took a
shortcut instead of taking her normal route home. Two days later, her
body was found in a wooded area near a footpath called Ten Pound Lane.
She had been beaten, savagely raped and strangled to death. The modus
operandi matched that of the first attack, and semen samples revealed
the same blood type.
The prime suspect was Richard Buckland, a local 17-year-old youth with
learning difficulties, who revealed knowledge of Ashworth's body, and
admitted the crime under questioning, but denied the first murder.
In 1985, Alec Jeffreys, a genetics researcher at the University of
Leicester, first developed
I was responsible for developing all of the DNA extraction techniques and demonstrating that it was possible after all to obtain DNA profiles from old stains. The biggest achievement was developing the preferential extraction method to separate sperm from vaginal cells – without this method, it would have been difficult to use DNA in rape cases.
Using this technique, Jeffreys compared semen samples from both murder victims against a blood sample from Buckland and conclusively proved that both girls were killed by the same man, but not Buckland. Buckland became the first person to have his innocence established by DNA fingerprinting. Jeffreys later said:
I have no doubt whatsoever that he [Buckland] would have been found guilty had it not been for DNA evidence. That was a remarkable occurrence.
Jack Unterweger Kirk Bloodsworth
^ a b Wambaugh, Joseph (2011-11-29). The Blooding. Open Road Media.
^ a b Evans, Colin (1998). The Casebook of Forensic Detection: How
Science Solved 100 of the World's Most Baffling Crimes. London: John
Wiley & Sons. p. 62. ISBN 978-0471283690.
^ Graff, Vincent (4 April 2015) "DNA of a killer", Radio Times, Pages
^ a b McCrery, Nigel (2014-09-01). Silent Witnesses: The Often
Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science. Chicago
Review Press. ISBN 9781613730058.
^ a b c Cobain, Ian (2016-06-07). "Killer breakthrough – the day DNA
evidence first nailed a murderer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
^ O'Connor, Craig O. (2008-01-01). A Novel Forensic Approach to DNA
Database Construction and Population Genetic Analysis. ProQuest.
^ "Memories of Colin Pitchfork's second murder - 30 years on".
Leicester Mercury. 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ a b c "No parole for Colin Pitchfork: First killer caught by DNA".
BBC News. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ a b c Shaw, Danny (2015-04-27). "'DNA' child killer Colin Pitchfork
gets parole review". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ Pitchfork, R v  EWCA Crim 963
^ a b c d "Work of art or monstrous cynicism? Convicted paedophile
creates extraordinary paper sculpture in bid to win freedom". Mail
Online. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ "Anger over child killer's artwork". BBC News. 2009-04-09. Retrieved
^ "Colin Pitchfork: First killer caught by DNA "should move to open
prison"". BBC News. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ a b "Colin Pitchfork: Fears after child killer moved to open
prison". BBC News. 2017-01-08. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
^ Lee Marlow, "Code of a Killer: ITV film crew shoot in Leicester for
two part drama on how
Cited works and further reading
Wambaugh, Joseph (1990). The Blooding: True Story of the Narborough Village Murders. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-