January 6th, 2009

The DNA may be right – but the lab may be wrong

The LA Times reports, “In 2004, a New Jersey prosecutor announced that DNA had solved the mystery of who killed Jane Durrua, an eighth-grader who was raped, beaten and strangled 36 years earlier. “Through DNA, we put a face to the killer of Jane Durrua, and that face belongs to Jerry Bellamy," prosecutor John Kaye said. The killer, however, turned out to be someone else. Two years after Bellamy's arrest, investigators discovered that evidence from the murder scene had been contaminated by DNA from Bellamy, whose genetic sample was being tested at the same lab in an unrelated case. He was freed. Another man ultimately was arrested in the killing but died before trial.”

Read more about scary lab mix-ups here.



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He's not my agent

but then again, he's not NOT my agent either.

The agent in question is Todd Shuster. He's my co-author Lis Wiehl's agent, and he's the one who made our four-book deal for a new mystery series.

Read more about him in this heartening blog entry from an editor who says houses are still paying the big bucks, at least occasionally, here. [Full disclosure: notice these are authors with "platforms" and nonfiction books. But still. It's nice to know someone is buying something.]



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