The underlying theme in my new mystery, The Death of Anyone from Melange Books, poses the Machiavellian question: Does the end justify the means? Bonnie Benham, the lead detective in my story, has her own answer. But the legality of this question will be answered in a real life courtroom in the
trial of a
serial killer called The Grim Sleeper. California
Lonnie David Franklin, the Grim Sleeper, was caught because his son’s DNA was the closest match to DNA collected at the crime scenes in the database. Investigating
son led them to investigate Lonnie Franklin. But there was no direct DNA
evidence that linked Lonnie to the crime scene until they obtained a sample
from him after his arrest. Lonnie Franklin will be the first person in the Franklin to ever
stand trial based on this type of evidence, and its admissibility issues in
court will be thoroughly tested by defense attorneys. U.S.
Only two states at this time,
and California , have a written policy concerning
the use of Familial DNA in an investigation. The admissibility of Familial DNA
has never been tested in court. The Colorado
trial of Lonnie David Franklin will become a landmark case for the future use
of Familial DNA Searches by law enforcement agencies nationwide. California
I first heard of the technique while working as a 911 operator in 2006. It came up in a conversation with officers. I thought at the time it would make an interesting premise for a book. I began writing the mystery some three years later after leaving the department. I had just finished editing a first draft of The Death of Anyone in the summer 2010 when news of The Grim Sleeper’s capture in
was released. I read with interest all the
information pouring out of Los
regarding the investigation and the problems confronting prosecutors. All of
which are explored in The Death of Anyone. L.A.
Former 911 operator writing fiction. Published in: The Tampa Review, Monarch Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, Scissors and Spackle, Spittoon, Barbaric Yawp and BULL. Children of the Enemy, a novel from Cambridge Books. Alpha Wolves, a novel by Noble Publishing. The Death of Anyone coming from Melange Books in February. You can find him on the blogspot: www.magicmasterminds.com. He is a wolf expert.