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Wednesday
Nov232011

Texas Lab May Hold Key to Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy's Secrets

Des Plaines Police Department, Tim Boyle(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A lab in Fort Worth, Texas, may hold the key to unlocking one of the nation’s most notorious cold cases: the eight unknown victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

The infamous mass murderer killed 33 young men and boys in the 1970s.  Most of the bodies were buried in and around Gacy’s suburban Chicago home.  Back then, before the days of DNA testing, investigators had to rely mainly on dental records.

Eight bodies, of boys and young men aged 14 to 27, were never positively identified.  Their remains were exhumed earlier this year in an effort by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to finally clear up the mystery.

Technicians at the University of North Texas Health Science Center are employing their sophisticated testing technology to provide critical clues.

Dart has asked families whose missing relatives fit the profile to provide DNA samples.  He told ABC News that the publicity surrounding the cold case “has turned into some very strong possibilities for identifying these victims from DNA.”

Even if the samples provided by families do not match the remains of Gacy victims, technicians at the Texas lab will check them against a Department of Justice database containing an estimated 40,000 other unidentified bodies across the U.S.

In the next few weeks, the lab hopes to determine whether it can, at long last, take advantage of the latest DNA technology so it can attach names to the eight unidentified victims.

Dart told ABC News affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago that he hopes the results bring some peace to their families: “In some instances, the results are going to be, we still haven’t found your loved one, but he was not one of (Gacy’s) victims, which should be some level of relief.”

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Monday
Dec272010

Whistleblower Pilot Reveals His Identity

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The airline pilot who spoke out anonymously after he was reprimanded by the Transportation Security Administration for posting videos to YouTube showing security flaws at a major airport revealed his identity Monday.

"My name is Chris Liu, and I'm an airline pilot," Liu said during an exclusive interview with ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento, Calif., at his home in Colfax.

Liu, 50, told KXTV he decided to come out of the shadows because he wanted to be an active player in efforts to improve airport security.

"You have passengers and air crew upstairs being screened, while ground crew downstairs come and go with the swipe of a card," he said.

This past weekend, he had said he hoped he could soon safely identify himself.

"I look forward to fully joining the debate on the national security problems that I helped to expose through my YouTube videos," the pilot wrote on his website, The Patriot Pilot.

On Sunday, Liu's attorney, Don Werno, told KXTV that the man still feared retaliation from the TSA, and that he wanted to keep his job as a pilot.

In an interview with ABC's World News last week when he was still keeping his name a secret, Liu said it was the "fallacy of the system" that inspired him to post the videos on YouTube.

Late last month, he took a series of videos with his cell phone to show major flaws he said still exist in airport security systems. The videos show how easily ground crews at San Francisco International Airport were able to enter secure areas.

"As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here," he said on one video.

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