NY NY - Gretchen 'GiGi' Perham, 14, Albany, 13 May 2005

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    The hunt for the killer of a 14-year-old honors student has intensified after detectives learned this week that DNA collected from a similar attack has been matched to a rape suspect already in police custody.
    Police sources said the DNA evidence was taken from a towel that was dropped at the scene of a failed knife-point abduction on June 9.

    That morning, a 14-year-old girl was attacked as she walked toward Hackett Middle School on Myrtle Avenue. Two workers from nearby Stratton VA Medical Center chased the suspect away, but not before he dropped a towel that he tried to use to muffle her screams.

    The attack took place less than a month after the body of another 14-year-old girl, Gretchen Perham, who walked the same route to school, was found dumped down a South End embankment. Perham's chest was battered by more than a dozen knife wounds. Police initially focused on Perham's relatives, but dismissed them as suspects after they passed polygraph lie-detector examinations.
    http://timesunion.com/AspStories/st...ategory=ALBANY&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=8/17/2005
     
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  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    After the July rape, police reportedly found a large knife in Ashley's gray Mitsubishi. At the time, Ashley's girlfriend defended him, saying he is a cook and uses knives for work.

    Albany Police at this time will only say that there are similarities in the cases, but no DNA to link Ashley to Perham. These similarities are the fact that both girls attended Hackett Middle School and for both attacks a knife was the choice of weapon.

    While police are still putting the pieces together Detective Jim Miller of the Albany Police says that Ashley has only been charged with one crime, but the investigation is still open. In the meantime, Ashley will remain in the Albany County jail without bail.
    http://www.wrgb.com/news/local/local_news.asp?selection=article_38894
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From September 2014:

    http://www.stargazette.com/story/ne...mira-correctional-facility-stabbing/16235455/

     

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