Indiana State Police along with Kentucky State Police will be holding a press conference on April 5th about the unsolved I-65 Days Inn Killer who's still at large and unknown. This creep serial killer has been definitively linked to multiple murders in the late 1980s and an attack in 1990 where the victim thankfully escaped.
There haven't been many updates from police on these cases over the years so I'm hoping this is something major and some really good news. A spokesman from the ISP said in a press release when asked what news the press conference would be discussing, “We’re going to wait until Tuesday,” he said. “But we wouldn’t call a big press conference like this if it wasn’t big and important.”
Forensic genealogy is leading to answers in cases that have sat cold for decades. It has been used in the I-65 Killer case, to arrest a man in Bloomington in cold case homicide and identify a teenager found dead in Boone County in 1992.
It also recently brought answers to a cold case murder in Niles, Michigan from 35 years ago.
On February 20, 1987, 30-year-old Roxanne Wood was found stabbed to death in her Niles home. But due to a lack of evidence, the case went cold and sat for decades. It was deemed unsolvable.
“There was only a very, very small amount of biological fluid that was left behind,” said forensic genealogist Gabriella Vargas.
Vargas was only eight years old at the time of Wood's murder. She had never even been to Michigan. But Vargas was determined to get answers and began testing what little DNA was left.
“I felt this was absolutely a case that I could solve and I was up for the challenge,” Vargas said.
It took her only four days to develop a profile and a possible match.
“When you take that evidence whether it be blood or semen or what not, we can create a profile of who this individual is. But all that profile tells us is all their genetic markers. It tells us if they are male or female, what ethnicity they are, it doesn’t say this is who their person is. We then use that profile in these databases to then build and figure out matches that are related to this individual and then figure out how this individual fits into that family tree,” Vargas explained.
Her DNA profile came down to three brothers. One of them, 67-year-old Patrick Gilham, seemed most likely.
“Patrick was in the area. He was the career criminal. He had very similar crimes in his rap sheet and he was the individual that I felt was in fact our subject,” Vargas said.
In February, Gilham was arrested and charged. On Monday, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading no contest to second degree murder.
“For me, this was about bringing closure to the family and justice to Roxanne. But this is why I do this, I do this to bring closure to these families,” Vargas said.
Vargas told WNDU she has only been practicing genealogy for four years, is self taught, and has not got a case wrong since she began in 2018.
nowhereman: If you didn't see Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey on Netflix...yikes. I was aware of most of that stuff but when it's all explained chronologically in great detail holy cow. Those FLDS people are out there.
Jun 12, 2022 2:22:32 GMT
mcfetty: YEahhhhh, just watched it and that was insane!
Jul 4, 2022 16:08:22 GMT
vivazapata: Peoples Investigates 2 hour show on "The Hammer Killer" in case anyone interested
Jul 12, 2022 4:12:24 GMT
billthom56: Just noticed this shoutout from SammyT. Thank you so much. Bill Thomas
Jul 18, 2022 18:42:27 GMT
sammyt: You're well deserving a shout out Bill. You put yourself out there, year after year. A truly inspirational person within the true crime world.
Jul 24, 2022 21:46:30 GMT
sammyt: After the new 12-26-75 book, perhaps it's time for a similar investigation into the CPK crimes. Seems like there were a lot of dirty police chiefs around back in the day...
Jul 24, 2022 21:54:28 GMT
sammyt: And big shout out to daedra.. another really good researcher on here!
Jul 24, 2022 21:59:34 GMT
kg: Thanks SammyT. I have to give credit to SammyT for the fact that I am still plugging away on Coe. If it were not for his candid feedback and encouragement I am sure I may have landed in the looney bin a long time ago but most likely I would have quit.
Aug 3, 2022 1:42:45 GMT