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DNA test helps crack cold murder case


IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT WAS THE
CAUSE IN EITHER CASE. CAUSE IN EITHER CASE.
>>>YOU HEARD OF THESE>>>YOU HEARD OF THESE
COMPANIES, 23 AND ME, ANCESTRY COMPANIES, 23 AND ME, ANCESTRY
DNA, THEY HELP PEOPLE TRACE DNA, THEY HELP PEOPLE TRACE
THEIR FAMILY HISTORY. THEIR FAMILY HISTORY.
ONE MAN TOOK ONE OF THOSE DNA ONE MAN TOOK ONE OF THOSE DNA
TESTS AND SENT IT OFF TO LEARN TESTS AND SENT IT OFF TO LEARN
MORE ABOUT HIS RELATIVES. MORE ABOUT HIS RELATIVES.
>>BUT HE HAD NO IDEA THE>>BUT HE HAD NO IDEA THE
HOMICIDE DETECTIVES ALSO GOT HIS HOMICIDE DETECTIVES ALSO GOT HIS
GENEALOGY INFORMATION. GENEALOGY INFORMATION.
ANDY CEROTA SHOWS US HOW THAT ANDY CEROTA SHOWS US HOW THAT
LED TO A BIG BREAK IN A COLD LED TO A BIG BREAK IN A COLD
CASE MURDER. CASE MURDER.
>>WHEN YOU TOLD ME THAT MY DNA>>WHEN YOU TOLD ME THAT MY DNA
HELPED SOLVE A 17-YEAR COLD CASE HELPED SOLVE A 17-YEAR COLD CASE
MURDER, I JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE MURDER, I JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE
IT. IT.
>>Reporter: JOHN HOGAN HAD>>Reporter: JOHN HOGAN HAD
NEVER HEARD OF CHRISTINE NEVER HEARD OF CHRISTINE
FRANKIE, A 25-YEAR-OLD UCF FRANKIE, A 25-YEAR-OLD UCF
STUDENT WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN IN STUDENT WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN IN
HER ORLANDO APARTMENT IN 2001. HER ORLANDO APARTMENT IN 2001.
POLICE SAY THE KILLER LEFT HIS POLICE SAY THE KILLER LEFT HIS
DNA BEHIND AT THE CRIME SCENE. DNA BEHIND AT THE CRIME SCENE.
BUT FOR 17 YEARS, DETECTIVES BUT FOR 17 YEARS, DETECTIVES
COULD NOT MATCH THAT DNA TO COULD NOT MATCH THAT DNA TO
ANYONE. ANYONE.
>>I ALWAYS WAS INTERESTED IN MY>>I ALWAYS WAS INTERESTED IN MY
HERITAGE AND MY FAMILY AND MY HERITAGE AND MY FAMILY AND MY
CULTURE. CULTURE.
>>Reporter: A FEW YEARS AGO,>>Reporter: A FEW YEARS AGO,
HOGAN SIGNED UP FOR THE HOGAN SIGNED UP FOR THE
GENEALOGY SERVICE, ANCESTRY DNA. GENEALOGY SERVICE, ANCESTRY DNA.
HIS DNA TEST RESULTS WERE LATER HIS DNA TEST RESULTS WERE LATER
UPLOADED TO A SEPARATE ONLINE UPLOADED TO A SEPARATE ONLINE
DATABASE USED TO IDENTIFY DATABASE USED TO IDENTIFY
POTENTIAL RELATIVES. POTENTIAL RELATIVES.
>>WE HAVE A HUGE, HUGE FAMILY.>>WE HAVE A HUGE, HUGE FAMILY.
>>Reporter: LITTLE DID HOGAN>>Reporter: LITTLE DID HOGAN
KNOW ORLANDO POLICE HAD UPLOADED KNOW ORLANDO POLICE HAD UPLOADED
THE KILLER’S DNA INFORMATION TO THE KILLER’S DNA INFORMATION TO
THAT SAME DATABASE. THAT SAME DATABASE.
DETECTIVES SOON DISCOVERED THAT DETECTIVES SOON DISCOVERED THAT
THE PERSON WHO MURDERED THE PERSON WHO MURDERED
CHRISTINE FRANKIE WAS CHRISTINE FRANKIE WAS
GENETICALLY RELATED TO HOGAN. GENETICALLY RELATED TO HOGAN.
>>WOW.>>WOW.
THAT’S AMAZING. THAT’S AMAZING.
>>Reporter: STARTING WITH>>Reporter: STARTING WITH
HOGAN, GENEALOGIES IDENTIFIED HOGAN, GENEALOGIES IDENTIFIED
HIS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND HIS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND
GREAT GRANDPARENTS, INCLUDING GREAT GRANDPARENTS, INCLUDING
CHARLIE BERGMAN, WHO DIED 50 CHARLIE BERGMAN, WHO DIED 50
YEARS AGO AND IS NOW BURIED YEARS AGO AND IS NOW BURIED
OUTSIDE THIS RURAL CHURCH. OUTSIDE THIS RURAL CHURCH.
INVESTIGATORS THEN BEGAN TRACING INVESTIGATORS THEN BEGAN TRACING
BERGMAN’S OTHER DESCENDANTS. BERGMAN’S OTHER DESCENDANTS.
IT LED TO TWO BROTHERS IN IT LED TO TWO BROTHERS IN
ORLANDO. ORLANDO.
UNDERCOVER DETECTIVES SECRETLY UNDERCOVER DETECTIVES SECRETLY
COLLECTED A GATOR AD BOTTLE USED COLLECTED A GATOR AD BOTTLE USED
BY REGINALD HOLMES. BY REGINALD HOLMES.
BUT LEARNED THE DNA HE LEFT WAS BUT LEARNED THE DNA HE LEFT WAS
NOT A MATCH. NOT A MATCH.
SO INVESTIGATORS TURNED TO HIS SO INVESTIGATORS TURNED TO HIS
BROTHER, WHO THEY SAW SMOKING BROTHER, WHO THEY SAW SMOKING
CIGARS LIKE THESE. CIGARS LIKE THESE.
POLICE SAY DNA ON THE CIGAR TIPS POLICE SAY DNA ON THE CIGAR TIPS
MATCHED DNA AT THE CRIME SCENE. MATCHED DNA AT THE CRIME SCENE.
SOON BENJAMIN HOLMES WAS IN SOON BENJAMIN HOLMES WAS IN
HANDCUFFS, CHARGED WITH HANDCUFFS, CHARGED WITH
FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.
>>IF YOU BREAK THE LAW AND IF>>IF YOU BREAK THE LAW AND IF
YOU COMMIT A CRIME AND IN THIS YOU COMMIT A CRIME AND IN THIS
CASE IT’S MURDER, YOU HAVE TO CASE IT’S MURDER, YOU HAVE TO
STAND TRIAL AND YOU’RE GOING TO STAND TRIAL AND YOU’RE GOING TO
HAVE TO GO TO JAIL. HAVE TO GO TO JAIL.
YOU HAVE TO PAY THE PENALTY. YOU HAVE TO PAY THE PENALTY.
>>Reporter: JOHN HOGAN SAYS HE>>Reporter: JOHN HOGAN SAYS HE
DID NOT FEEL HIS PRIVACY WAS DID NOT FEEL HIS PRIVACY WAS
VIOLATED. VIOLATED.
BUT OTHERS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS. BUT OTHERS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS.
JUST MONTHS AGO, THAT GENEALOGY JUST MONTHS AGO, THAT GENEALOGY
DATABASE CHANGED ITS RULES. DATABASE CHANGED ITS RULES.
YOU MUST NOW OPT IN TO ALLOW YOU MUST NOW OPT IN TO ALLOW
POLICE TO USE YOUR INFORMATION. POLICE TO USE YOUR INFORMATION.
BUT AUTHORITIES CAN STILL OBTAIN BUT AUTHORITIES CAN STILL OBTAIN
A WARRANT TO GET IT. A WARRANT TO GET IT.
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