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Test Tube Testimony
24 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Episode 18: Debora Green
From early childhood it was clear that Debora Green was incredibly intelligent. She consistently excelled at her studies, eventually completing medical school and becoming a physician. It was on this career path that she met and began dating a man named Michael Farrar. Both were smart, successful, and seemed to balance each other out personality-wise. The pair were married and started a family in the Kansas City area. Eventually, though, Debora's mental state took a turn for the worse and the pair's relationship became strained. Having enough of her unpredictable and often toxic behavior, Michael eventually decided he wanted out. And while divorces can be messy, no one could predict the price Debora would make him pay to end their marriage. In this episode, we will take a look at what happens when scientific knowledge is used for evil and how the result of a laboratory assay helped put a scorned wife behind bars. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
22 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Episode 17: Ellen Greenberg
To an outsider, 27-year-old Ellen Greenberg's life seemed to be going perfectly. She lived just outside of Philadelphia, PA and was working as an elementary school teacher. She was also engaged to her boyfriend Sam and their wedding planning was in full swing. On a snowy day in January 2011, however, Ellen's life abruptly ended. She was found in the kitchen of her apartment with 20 stabs wounds to her upper body, including her neck and chest. Officially, her death has been recorded as a suicide. Her loved ones, on the other hand, insist it was a homicide. Together, we will go over the scientific evidence and published resources and decide which we think is more likely. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
24 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Episode 16: Lisa Jensen
In the summer of 1986, 5-year-old Lisa Jensen and her father Gordon were living in Scotts Valley, California. While Lisa was away for a few weeks with a family friend, Gordon Jensen took the opportunity to skip town and abandon her. She eventually entered the foster care system and was adopted. As she grew older, though, she wanted to find out more about her past and her family. At the same time, Gordon Jensen was out and about assuming several different identities and committing crime after crime. In this episode of Test Tube Testimony, we'll learn more about genetic genealogy and how it was used to not only narrow in on a woman's biological family, but also determine the identity of a man guilty of an abduction, child abandonment, and at least one murder. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
20 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 15: Jill Dando
Our case takes place in 1999 in West London. Late one April morning, Jill Dando, a 37-year-old reporter and television host, was killed outside the front door of her home. Her execution-type murder stunned the nation, leaving thousands questioning who could be responsible for this crime. A few witnesses thought they caught a glimpse of the killer, but their descriptions were vague. Eventually, a local man was arrested and convicted of the crime. In the following years, however, his legal team and forensic scientists voiced concerns over the validity of the single piece of scientific evidence used to convict him. In this episode, we'll break down the scientific evidence surrounding this case and discuss the details of what remains one of the UK's most famous unsolved crimes. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
20 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Episode 14: Lukis Anderson
Lukis Anderson was 26 years old and living in San Jose, California when he was arrested and charged with murder. He had no recollection of committing the murder or even entering the home where it occurred, yet his DNA was on the murder victim's body. This DNA evidence, however, wasn't what it seemed. In today’s episode, we’re going to take a look at a case where a man’s DNA was found at a crime scene he never visited and discuss how DNA evidence needs to be interpreted with caution.For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Episode 13: Linda Curry
It was the early 1990s and Linda Curry seemed to have it all- a great job, a beautiful home, a close group of friends and an intelligent new husband. From afar, her life appeared perfect. Just before the couple's one year anniversary, however, Linda fell ill. Her symptoms became so severe that she had to be hospitalized twice. Her illness wasn't the only thing putting her life in danger, though. Despite recovering from this mystery illness multiple times, Linda died unexpectedly at home. Interestingly, while Linda was not a smoker, her autopsy revealed she died from nicotine poisoning. Her friends and police had a suspect in mind from day one, but it took over 16 years for an arrest to be made. Without scientific evidence from the field of forensic toxicology, Linda's killer may have never been brought to justice. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
20 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Episode 12: Cleveland Torso Murderer
In the mid-1930s, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression and things were looking bleak. Although they weren't immune to these hardships, the city of Cleveland, Ohio was faring pretty well. Their population was growing as people poured in left-and-right to find work in the steel and manufacturing industries. As with any rapid growth, however, there were also growing pains. Kingsbury Run was an area along the east side of Cleveland where prostitutes, some of the unemployed, and otherwise homeless individuals formed communities called shanty towns. Crime was high and the law didn't seem to apply in this area. As if things weren't dangerous enough, from 1934 to 1938 a serial killer preyed on the residents of Kingsbury Run. Many of the victims and the killer himself were never definitively identified. As we review the potential evidence, we'll investigate ways to apply modern scientific techniques to try to identify both the victims and killer to solve this cold case.For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
25 minutes | May 25, 2020
Episode 11: List Family Murders
From the outside, it appeared that the List family had it all. The head of the household, John List, had moved his family to New Jersey after landing a high-paying banking job. John, his mother Alma, wife Helen, and their 3 children lived in a sprawling 19-room mansion known as Breeze Knoll. Alma, Helen, and the children enjoyed their comfortable lifestyle and settled in to their new home. They had no clue that by 1971, John had lost his job and the family's livelihood was hanging by a thin thread. Instead of confronting the family's issues head-on, John devised a violent plant to get eliminate his mother, wife and children and start a new life on his own. In this episode, we'll describe the details of his crimes and the break down the scientific techniques that finally brought him to justice. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
31 minutes | May 11, 2020
Episode 10: Grim Sleeper
In the late 1980s, South Central Los Angeles was already plagued by gang activity, poverty, and drugs. On top of this, there was a serial killer on the loose preying on vulnerable women in the community. He killed seven women before appearing to go dormant for over a decade. Then in the 2000s, he resurfaced and began his murdering spree again. It wasn't until investigators were able to use the information from DNA databases in a new way, that the man known as the Grim Sleeper could finally be stopped. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
23 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Episode 9: Krystal Beslanowitch
Krystal Beslanowitch was like many teenagers- eager to get out on her own, have new experiences, and move away from her hometown. In 1995, she picked up and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with her boyfriend. Krystal and her boyfriend had only been living in Utah for about 5 months when she went out to run an errand and never returned home. The next day, her body was found along the Provo River. It appeared she had been beaten to death with rocks found along the river's edge. Her case went unsolved for years, until a unique new tool to pick up trace amounts of DNA from the murder weapons shed light on the killer's identity.For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
21 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 8: Buckskin Girl
In April 1981, a farmer near Troy, Ohio stumbled upon the body of a woman. She was young and had long, braided auburn hair. She had only been dead less than a day when she was found, but as they started investigating law enforcement quickly realized the trail of her killer was already cold. The only clue they had to the victims identity was the unusual buckskin jacket she was wearing. Since no one knew her real name, she soon gained the nickname Buckskin Girl. It wasn't until 2018 that scientific technology finally made it possible to give Buckskin Girl her identity back and relaunched the hunt for the person responsible for her death. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
21 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Episode 7: Phoenix Canal Murders
In the early 1990s, Phoenix was shocked by the homicides of 2 young residents. 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas were both riding their bicycles along the Arizona Canal when they were savagely stabbed to death. Their cases went unsolved until 2015, when investigators and scientists used genealogy databases and Y chromosome DNA testing to track down the killer.
30 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Episode 6: Helle Crafts
In the fall of 1986 Helle Crafts, a flight attendant and devoted mother, was at a crossroads. She suspected her husband of having an affair and was considering a divorce. After returning from an overseas flight assignment, Helle was dropped off at her Newtown, CT home by a friend. That was the last time she was seen alive. Listen to the episode to find out what a wood chipper, a chainsaw, and some strands of hair can tell us about Helle's demise and the individual responsible.For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
26 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 5: Akia Eggleston
In May of 2017, 22-year-old Akia Shawnta Eggleston was 8-months pregnant with her second child. She had been planning her baby shower and to reveal the gender of her baby to her friends and family for weeks. But when the day of her baby shower arrived and her party began, Akia never showed up. Her friends and family went searching for her, but Akia appeared to have disappeared without a trace. As police investigate her disappearance, all they've found are more questions and mystery. Where is Akia? And what scientific evidence can be used to help locate her? If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the FBI's Baltimore Field Office at (410) 265-8080, the Baltimore City Police Department at (410) 396-2499, your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
26 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Episode 4: Sierra Bouzigard
Shortly before Thanksgiving 2009, the body of a young woman was found on the side of John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Sierra Bouzigard. While her case was being investigated, many of those involved assumed one of the men she was seen with her last night alive was guilty of her murder; until a savvy scientist suggested police try a new technology using DNA from the scene to get a picture of the murderer. Once the police and public have a literal image of the killer, the investigation into the murder of Sierra could really take off and her family could begin to find some closure.For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
19 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Episode 3: Nova Welsh
In 1981, 24-year-old mother of two Nova Welsh went missing after a night out with her new boyfriend. A few weeks later she was found murdered; her body tucked away in a utility cupboard in her apartment building. 33 years later, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her children was charged with her murder. What scientific evidence can tie him to the crime? And how can an everyday item like chewing gum seal someone's fate? For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Episode 2: Sarah DeLeon
In December 1989, 18-year-old Sarah DeLeon was spending her holiday break from college with her friends, family, and boyfriend. Following a night out with her boyfriend right after Christmas, she was found murdered. Was a romantic rival to blame? Or is the killer someone completely unknown to police? We'll review potential evidence and the latest in DNA technology to see what investigators have to work with. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
23 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
Episode 1: Erin Somvilai
35-year-old Erin Somvilai of La Crosse, Wisconsin was found floating in Runge Hollow Lake. Her casual boyfriend was charged with her murder. Is he guilty? Could someone else be the killer? Or did a murder take place at all? We'll take a look of the scientific evidence together and see what it tells us. For a list of sources, listen to the notes at the end of the episode and visit our Instagram page @testtubetestimony.
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