The first murder case, Alec Jeffreys
Interviewee: Alec Jeffreys. The first murder case.
So the samples were brought up to my lab. And it was, I have to say there was a real chill ran down my spine because this was not sorting out immigrant families. This was not, you know, figuring out some sort of chaotic family relationship in a paternity dispute. This was life and death and it was, and suddenly realizing you were handling samples here from people who had been murdered. That suddenly things got very, very serious, so this was no laughing matter any more. Well paternity and immigration's not a laughing matter, but this was horribly serious. So it was, I have to say a rather macabre experience actually going through the DNA testing on this.
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Alec Jeffreys talks about the difficulties of the case.
Alec Jeffreys talks about DNA fingerprinting after the Ghana case.
Alec Jeffreys talks about the resolution of the Ghana case.
Shepherd's Bush Hammersmith Gazette article on the case of Sarbah vs. Home Office (Ghana Immigration Case, 1985
London Times article announcing the verdict of the case of Sarbah vs. Home Office (Ghana Immigration Case, 1985
Alec Jeffreys talks about making his first DNA fingerprint.
An image of Alec Jeffreys.
Alec Jeffreys talks about results of the first murder case using DNA fingerprinting
Alec Jeffreys talks about the first murder case using DNA profiling.
An image of Alec Jeffrey in 1989.