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Cold Case closed by DNA evidence

Posted in Solving Crime June 8th, 2010 @ 10:52 am

Once again, DNA evidence helped to solve several murders and to give closure to some victim’s families. However, a Colorado prison inmate, Roy Allan Melanson age 73, may never stand trial for the murders he committed in Louisiana and California decades ago.

Melanson was a drifter and a serial killer. He conned many people in believing that he was something that he wasn’t. But his DNA has linked him to murders that took place in 1974. In 2000, a federal DNA data bank was established and his DNA was submitted. His DNA proved that he was the murderer of 24- year-who was beaten, strangled and slashed across her neck in Walker, La., in 1988.

His DNA also placed him in Napa, Calif., on July 10, 1974. Here he murdered a 51-year-old woman who was closing up her family’s lounge. He raped her and slashed her throat. Two months later, Melanson was in Crested Butte, Colorado and soon after, another woman was found dead.

His string of murder and rape continued fourteen years later in a small town east of Baton Rouge, La. Melanson dragged a young woman with a strap around her neck, beat her to death and slashed her throat.

Law enforcement has been trying to connect him to other murders but Melanson is smug, taunting, and uncooperative. He will die in prison for a 1988 murder that took nearly twenty years to solve. Unfortunately, the families of the victims he killed may never have justice to their love ones deaths.

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