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Friday
Mar042011

'East Coast Rapist' Suspect Captured in Connecticut

Federal Bureau of Investigation(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- Authorities announced Friday that they have captured the man they believe is the “East Coast Rapist.”

The suspect was arrested in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, just days after authorities in four states intensified their manhunt for him by launching a website devoted to his capture.  Investigators reportedly made the arrest after DNA evidence was found linking the suspect to the crimes.

On Monday authorities launched the website, eastcoastrapist.com, that provided details of the attacks linked to the suspect, the most recent of which involved three girls in Prince William, Virginia on Halloween 2009. A number of billboards were also placed in several areas to alert the public about the rapist.

The East Coast Rapist is suspected of attacking at least 17 women over the past 13 years. All of the attacks occurred at night, near major highways. They began in Maryland, moved into Virginia, then up to Connecticut and Rhode Island and back to Virginia.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

After 30 Years Behind Bars, Inmate's Conviction Is Overturned

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Cornelius Dupree, Jr. is free for the first time in 30 years.

Since DNA testing was first instituted in 2001, Texas has led the nation in releasing wrongly convicted prisoners.  Dupree was the 41st to be sprung from a state prison after being exonerated by DNA testing.

In 1979, Dupree and another man were arrested and convicted of robbing a couple they allegedly took hostage.  The woman also told police that both men had raped her.

Dupree and co-defendant Anthony Massingill were each sentenced to 75 years in prison.  Dupree insisted from the onset that he was innocent of the crime, claiming he was the victim of mistaken identity.

Dupree had opportunities before now for early release, providing he admitted to his alleged crime.  He refused.

Earlier this year, DNA evidence proved Dupree’s innocence and on Tuesday, a judge in Dallas officially overturned the conviction, meaning Dupree has no criminal record.

Now 51, Dupree said Tuesday, “I must admit there is a bit of anger, but there is also joy, and the joy overrides the anger.  I'm just so overwhelmed with the joy of being free.”

Defense attorney say that if procedures regularly used today were available when Dupree was arrested three decades ago, his case would have never gone to trial.

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Sunday
Nov072010

DNA Links Abduction-Rape to Murdered Student

Morgan Harrington is seen in an undated photo released by the Virginia State Police. Photo Courtesy - Virgina State Police(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A DNA link has been found between the abduction and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington a year ago and the kidnapping and rape of a Fairfax, Va. woman in 2005.

Harrington's family and friends traveled from their home in Roanoke, Va. to Fairfax on Saturday, hoping to keep the unsolved case in the public eye.

"It's too late for us. Our daughter is dead. But it's not too late for the next girl, and that's why I can't give up," Harrington's mother, Gil Harrington, told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

They passed out leaflets with a composite sketch of the man suspected of abducting and raping a 25-year-old Fairfax County woman in 2005.

"We want justice for our daughter, but we want the community to be safe," Morgan Harrington's father, Dan Harrington, said.

The 20-year-old woman was last seen at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Va. on Oct. 17, 2009. Her body was found on a Virginia farm in January.

Police have said that the suspect may have changed his appearance in five years, but Harrington's family and friends still hope someone might remember him or make a connection.

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