Stalking Justice The Dramatic True Story of the Detective Who First Used DNA Testing to Catch a Serial Killer

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Describes the efforts of pioneering detective Joe Horgas in the first case in which DNA testing was utilized in order to catch a serial killer, a theory that had been resisted by his superiors and colleagues. Tour.

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Convicted of a sadistic rape and murder, Tim Spencer went to Virginia's electric chair last year. Before that closure, the suburban Richmond, Virginia, region in the late 1980s trembled at the knowledge of a serial killer at large, a prowling, clever criminal whose signature MO was trussing up his female victims and torturing them. Mones details the gruesome crime scenes to set the stage for cheering on the detective who ultimately solved the cases, Joe Horgas. Portrayed like a one-man tornado of justice, who also righted the wrongs of fellow detectives who had extracted a "confession" from an innocent man, the profane-speaking Horgas and his real-life police procedures should bring true-crime buffs flocking to this drama. A fillip of topical interest (the O. J. Simpson trial) concerns the DNA evidence crucial to the case, the first in which a capital conviction was obtained from the double helix's "fingerprint." A story exciting on its own merits, publicity could push Mones' book into the insatiable market for Simpsonian titles. Gilbert Taylor

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Joe Horgas, a detective with the Arlington, Va., police force, fought a lonely battle with his own department, with the Richmond Police Department and with state officials to prove a suspect guilty of several rapes and killings going back to the mid-1980s. Eventually DNA proved Timothy Spencer guilty in four of the cases, and he was executed in 1994. Spencer, who was born in 1962, was a convicted burglar who lived in a halfway house in Richmond and worked in a furniture factory. Mones (When a Child Kills) stresses that, because the killer left no forensic evidence except his semen, this was the first case in Virginia in which a defendant was convicted on the basis of DNA. A salutary corollary to Spencer's conviction was the freeing of the man who had confessed to one of the crimes as a result of police pressure. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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