DNA Evidence Links Shocking 2004 Inwood Hill Murder With a Recent Occupy Wall Street Stunt [Updated]
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NBC New York has obtained information that DNA evidence found at the Sarah Fox murder scene matches DNA found on a chain left behind by Occupy Wall Street protesters.
[Update] – In an absurd turn of events, the connection was revealed to be due to botched handling of DNA samples at the NYPD laboratory, where a lab technician who worked on both the Sarah Fox and Occupy cases managed to contaminate both samples with their own DNA, causing the cases to appear linked.
In the early hours of March 28th, 2012, Occupy Wall Street and “teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank-and-file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalgamated Transit Union” opened subway gates on the F, L, R, Q, 3, and 6 lines and posted signs encouraging subway riders to ride for free to protest the MTA’s service cuts and rising fares. Activists used chains and padlocks to keep the emergency exit gates open at more than 20 subway locations all across the city. Although no arrests were made, DNA material was collected from the chains, and has now been linked to DNA found at the scene of Sarah Fox’s murder in Inwood Hill Park in 2004.
NBC New York reports that the DNA from a chain used at the Beverly Road station in East Flatbush matches DNA found on Sarah Fox’s CD player, which was found near her body.
For more info on the strange murder, read the 2004 coverage of the Sarah Fox case from the New York Times.