The science of DNA was first discovered in 1869 by a Swiss chemist named Fredrich Miescher. It would take nearly a century before it was really and truly understood. It would take another hundred more years before it was used in a court of law in 1987. At the time, it was difficult for jurors to understand the complex science behind the complicated chains of deoxyribonucleic acid aka DNA.
Fast-forward to more modern times and today DNA has become a staple in the majority of criminal trials since its more accurate than a generic blood type or even a partial fingerprint. Its ability to pinpoint a single perpetrator among billions of potential suspects is paramount in solving many open cases especially cold ones.
In this light, here are five chilling examples where DNA evidence cracked these cold cases wide open: