California's Familial DNA Search Program Identifies Suspected "Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer

Office of the Attorney General

LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that California's ground-breaking familial DNA search program -- enacted in April 2008 -- led to the identification and arrest of the man accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial murderer.

"This arrest provides proof positive that familial DNA searches must be a part of law enforcement's crime-fighting arsenal. Although the adoption of this new state policy was unprecedented and controversial, in certain cases, it is the only way to bring a dangerous killer to justice," Brown said.

"This is an extraordinary piece of detective work accomplished by our skilled forensics team at the Department of Justice," Brown added.

Read the entire news release here.

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