The year 2007 was a memorable year for the whole wrestling world. A terrible incident happened and this tragedy was very heart aching for everyone who was part of the wrestling community, as a matter of fact, this issue is still being talked about up until this day. A documentary that features those people who were in touch in the crime was released, this painted a clearer vision of what exactly happened a decade ago or more. Because of this, the program provided multiple information that was unknown before.
Way back in the year, 2019 a channel which was named “Viceland” – which is now known to be “Vice on TV” – has premiered the series “Dark Side of the Ring”. It is made to explore the most controversial issues and troubling juncture in the life of all the professional wrestlers. And as the watcher’s stream this series, in the first couple of episodes of the second series of it, the show tackled about a case wherein murder and suicide were present. This said case is about the infamous Chris Benoit
In March 2020, an airing of the two-partner was made to feature many people that are known to be close to the late wrestler, this was led by the partnership of Chris Benoit’s unnamed friend and Chris Jericho and they were also the ones who provided the narrating for the airing. An interview was made, and this includes Chris Benoit’s ever-loving sister-in-law, Sandra Toffoloni, Chris’ surviving son who is named David, and all other family members that are known to be close to Chris Benoit himself.
The series “The Dark Side of the Ring”, which was mentioned a while ago, also offered re-enactment of what happened in the past. Tyson Dux, who was an independent wrestler, was the one who portrayed as Chris Benoit for some scenes. Some other key players who are part of the series were filmed in shadows and their faces were covered in black so that their physical attributes will not be noticed by different audiences who are watching the film.
The year 1990 was the start of the story itself. Bringing back the time, that year, Chris was married to his first wife, Martina. They had two loving children who were named David and Megan. But, knowing that Chris Benoit has a part in the wrestling industry, his focus to his family went off and had set his eyes to a new good-looking lady who was also a part of WCW booker Kevin Sullivan’s entourage, she is Nancy Toffolino. Nancy was known to have a ring name called “Fallen Angel”.
By this time, the clouds are slightly getting clearer and clearer. Let us say that Kevin Sullivan and Chris Benoit were known rivals in the wrestling world, and now their rivalry has grown bigger and became personal. This is because Nancy Tuffoloni and Kevin Sullivan are real-life spouses. It was mentioned a while ago that Chris Benoit is somehow attracted to Nancy Tuffoloni. At first, they were only pretending to have an affair in front of the camera, but this act became somewhat real and that became the case.
In the end, Nancy Tuffoloni filed for a divorce against his husband back then who was Kevin Sullivan. After that, Nancy became the fiancée of Chris Benoit. After living together, these two had their first child together, Daniel Christopher Benoit who was born last February in the year 2000. In that same year, November 2000, they finally decided to tie the knot between them, and afterwards, Nancy and Chris were happily married. Since then, Nancy Tuffoloni became Chris Benoit’s new manager for his wrestling career
Things Got Worse
But things between Nancy Tuffoloni and Chris Benoit became worse, their plans didn’t go well and like what they expected it to be. And in the year 2003, Nancy filed for a divorce against Chris, her claim was that the legal papers of their marriage back then were “irrevocably broken” and she also said that she was only intimidated by the threats of violence Chris’ had against her. These allegations were made known to the public by TMZ in 20007 which made a disturbing picture against the wrestler, Chris Benoit.
Alleged Acts Against Chris Benoit
Inside the documents of her divorce files, it was said there that Tufolloni alleged her husband had “lost his temper and threatened to strike her and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture.” These were the words that Nancy put against his husband Chris Benoit. She said that she was threatened by him and not only that, Nancy said that their young son was also involved for the threatening, leading her to claim that she also feared for her son, Daniel, his safety.
All Is Well After All
After all, that happened and all the allegations put up by Nancy against Chris Benoit, in August 20003, all cases were dropped against Chris. Nancy Tuffoloni suddenly dropped both the suit and a restraining order against her husband, Chris Benoit. There were rumours that these two were convinced by their neighbour and a fellow wrestler, Johnny Grunge, to get back together and enjoy the life they had back then. At the incoming events of WWE at that time, Benoit and Tuffoloni continued to present themselves as if everything was fine.
Covered In Dread
Then, all was in dread and wonder by this next thing that happened, a terrible event took place. On the morning of exactly June 24, 2007, people who belong in the WWE began to receive very strange messages coming from Chris Benoit. These messages contained the concern of Chris Benoit about his dogs and also his family who are kept at their home address. It was nearly obvious that Chris Benoit was suggesting that someone should come to look after his pets and also for his family.
The texts that were coming from Chris Benoit were very strange and very uncertain. As a matter of fact, the ones who received the texts of Chris immediately called the police. Then, on June 25, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office went to look and check for the wellbeing of Chris’ family and Chris himself. As the police checked the house, they were horrified by what they saw. There were three bodies lying on the floor, Nancy Toffolini, their seven-year-old son Daniel, Chris Benoit. They lay lifeless in their own house.
The entire WWE was well informed of what specifically happened to the family of Chris Benoit by the Fayette County Office, which then resulted in the management of WWE to quickly put out a statement in response. “World Wrestling Entertainment was informed today by authorities in Fayette County, Ga., that WWE Superstar Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and his son were found dead in their home. Authorities are investigating, but no other details are available at this time.” These were the exact words of the response of WWE management.
Tribute For Chris Benoit
The whole organization was in deep despair after what happened and went on to eulogize Chris Benoit. They said that “Instead of its announced programming for tonight on USA Network, WWE will air a three-hour tribute to Chris Benoit. Chris was beloved among his fellow Superstars and was a favourite among WWE fans for his unbelievable athleticism and wrestling ability.” These words symbolize how they grieve together with those families that were left by Chris Benoit and Nancy Toffolino, also by their precious child Daniel Benoit.
The statement of WWE concluded that Chris Benoit always took great pride based in his performances that he is showing the crowd and always showed respect to his opponents and to the entire business and also to all the fans. It was a terrible tragedy and unbearable loss for the whole WWE family. The organization extends its sincerest condolences and prayers for the surviving family members of the Benoit and their loved ones in this time of heartache and tragedy.
Rumors Are Starting To Rise
Like what they said, the WWE showed the people the three-hour tribute to the departed star. And as the TV broadcast comes to its end, the most terrifying aspect of the crimes is slowly being lifted in the awareness of people through the internet. Different news and reports were made about the tragedy and different results were made. One report said that Chris Benoit killed both his loving wife, Nancy Toffoloni, and his precious son, Daniel Benoit, via asphyxiation, and afterwards, he killed himself.
Then, as what happened became clear to the audience and to the organization itself, WWE released a new statement prior to their previous response about their loss with the wrestler, Chris Benoit. This response by the organization, WWE, was read by Vince McMahon starting with “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Last night on Monday Night Raw, WWE presented a special tribute show recognizing the career of Chris Benoit. However, now some 26 hours later, the facts of this horrific tragedy are now apparent.”
WWE Doing What it Does Best
This response by the WWE, which was delivered by Vince McMahon continued to be, “There will be no mention of Mr Benoit’s name tonight. On the contrary, tonight’s show will be dedicated to everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident. This evening marks the first step of the healing process. Tonight, WWE performers will do what they do better than anyone else in the world: entertain you.” The organization WWE will do the things exactly what they are good at, by entertaining people.
Healing Takes Time
As expected, the healing process for everyone would take time. Anyone who is part of the WWE, not only them but also the media and the fans were in deep shock about what happened. They were more terrified of knowing how the way the wrestler, Chris Benoit, ended his family’s life and also himself. According to the authorities who handled the case of Chris Benoit, he has been with his wife and son’s dead bodies in his house over the weekend before deciding to end his life.
Presence Of Steroids
Many people and commentators tried to unpick those horrible tangles of the Benoit’s situation, they tried to convince themselves that there were other factors why Chris had done this. Some people speculated that whether drugs have played a part according to what happened in Chris Benoit’s case. And an answer was delivered immediately. The New York Times has reported on June 27 that even though there was no toxicology test had yet been completed in the bodies, there were steroids that have been found on Chris Benoit’s house.
A Theory Of Chris Benoit’s Condition
Cristopher Nowinski who is known to be a former wrestler had another theory why did Chris Benoit make up such an act. He told The New York Times that it can maybe the constant untreated concussions sustained inside the ring that may have caused Chris Benoit’s brain to break down. Cristopher Nowinski has considerable knowledge about what happened to Chris back then, he had written a book about the said abnormality or the condition. Nowinski said that it is a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Christopher Nowinski’s Acquaintance With Chris Benoit
Cristopher Nowinski is a good friend of Chris Benoit. Cristopher Nowinski added to the newspaper, “[Benoit] was one of the only guys who would take a chair shot to the back of the head, which is stupid. Part of me hopes there was something wrong with his brain. The Chris Benoit I knew was always more concerned about everybody else’s well-being than his own.” This statement proves something that, Chris Benoit cannot do such thing as making up a murder and suicide unless his brain is not an ingot condition.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or which is also known as CTE is better defined today than it was back then. In fact, some sports organizations team up with some medical professionals in an attempt for the safety of the athlete’s condition. Based on Mayo Clinic, the damage in the brain of Chris may have already been done. The website of the medical center says that some signs and symptoms of CTE have something to do with difficulties with thinking, physical problems, and emotions. The trauma may occur after a year or more.
Domestic Abuse As Some Says
Meanwhile, in the wake of Benoit, some people put the blame on the organization of WWE. The ex-wife of the “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Debra Williams, certainly had strong words against the organization when she told the Fox affiliate KDVR who is based in Denver, “Domestic and drug abuse is out of hand in the WWE, and something needs to be done about it.” Williams also claimed that she had been placed under a gag order when it came to her ex-husband and the domestic abuse of other wrestlers.
Just Like The Man With An Alzheimer’s
Regardless of the different theories and potential triggers for the murder that Chris Benoit made, it’s been confirmed that when Chris made the said act, he not in a good state of mind at that time. The father of the late wrestler, Chris Benoit, arranged tests to be done on the organ by West Virginia University’s Julian Bailes. As the test was conducted, the neurosurgeon discovered that the 40-year-old’s brain of Chris closely resembles an 85-year-old’s brain with Alzheimer’s.
With the release of these new findings of the condition of Chris Benoit, old questions back then have been resurfaced. There were some questions that only Chris could answer. Was he in his proper state of mind when he did that thing? Did he know exactly what he was doing? Who can be held accountable? And does WWE play any role in the whole terrible situation? The series which was mentioned a while ago at least provided some answers to these questions, the Dark Side of the Ring.
Untold Story Of Eddie Guerrero
One untold story which was very upsetting that involved a dear beloved friend of Chris Benoit was the story of his fellow wrestler, Eddie Guerrero. After the death of Eddie last 2005, it appeared that Benoit was really affected by this and he was completely inconsolable in the said situation. Chris Jericho explained in the documentary that Benoit had the words “come and give him a hug” which was really heart-breaking for him. Jericho added, “But it was like the most desperate, saddest, I’m-hanging-on-for-dear-life hug you could ever get.”
Newly Bought Journal
Other participants who were part of the documentary remember mostly the situation wherein people had rallied around Chris Benoit in the wake of Eddie Guerrero’s death. Nancy Toffolini thought of a way on how Chris can express what he feels, she then bought Chris a journal for him to write all the things that are bothering him at that time. Yet while this method seemed to be a helping hand for his husband Chris, without her knowing, things were eventually getting so much worse than she expected.
Chris Was A Religious Man
It was also included in the documentary that Eddie Guerrero had persuaded Chris Benoit into a religion, wherein, unfortunately, there was a religious element of sorts to the murders and suicides. After the investigation, it was later found out that Chris Benoit placed Bibles next to her wife and son’s bodies with a suicide note inside of one of the Bibles. Before taking his own life, it was discovered that Chris additionally searched on the internet for different Bible passages
WWE Not Being Strict About Usage Of Drugs
Later on, when the true reason behind what really happened to Chris Benoit was finally discovered, the commentators and the interviewees had different opinions about it. When the author Matthew Randazzo spoke about the organization of WWE and the use of narcotics, it was claimed that the organization had some large blind spots that allowed their wrestlers in the use of drugs with a really large scale without conducting any kind of test. Nancy Tofollni’s sister, Sandra, said that she thinks it was possibly CTE along with stress and grief.
Loss Of Temper
In any case, there were a lot of people who are very disappointed with how the organization of WWE runs things around. In the documentary, many people expressed their anger towards WWE. There was this one text coming from Nancy Tofolloni which says, “We both know [WWE’s] wellness program is a joke.” Nancy’s sister, Sandra, recalled that WWE sent their representative Jim “JR” Ross to the deceased’s funeral. After that, she claimed that she lost her temper and told Ross face to face that he wasn’t welcome at the wake.
Hatred For WWE
As he reflected during the documentary he said, “I felt like I was the most unwelcome person in the building because I was a WWE guy. And I probably knew [Benoit] the best of anybody there.” When he said that he thinks that no one can match how much he knew Chris Benoit than any other people who were there it was sincere. But it feels like there was yet more to come for him, as Chris’ son, David, was furious with how the organization dealt with murders.
David’s Insight About WWE
It was very painful to hear the perspective of Chris Benoit’s son, David. He was asked by an interviewer, “Did anyone from the WWE ever reach out to you or your family?” he replied, “Chris Jericho and Chavo Guerrero. That’s it. Nobody else. You know? Screw them. They weren’t there for me… They backed off like I didn’t even exist.” These were the exact words that came out from David’s mouth. It appears that WWE management didn’t make any move on how to help with the family’s painful loss.
Sandra’s Insight About WWE
Also, Sandra Tofolloni, who lost her sister, Nancy, and also her nephew, Daniel, was asked about how did the WWE handle them and provided care for her and to her surviving family as well. She sarcastically replied, “Is that a serious question? Not a single person. No-one.” It was very clear that she has a hatred feeling against WWE. It is also clear for the following family that there was no form of help that the WWE contributed for them, not even a single person.
Times Of Struggles
It was also a time of struggle for him, besides his father’s death, that the media attention was drawn unto his entire family. He sadly explained to the interviewers that it was very hard for his side that after his father’s funeral. Several media came to them non-stop, it was 24/7. He also said that he didn’t even watch TV in those times because of the sadness and the loneliness that covers him. He couldn’t also watch wrestling anymore because he remembers his father every time he sees the ring.
Sandra Support David’s Statement
Sandra, on the other hand, echoed the statement of David. She said, “[The media coverage] made everything extremely difficult. It made everything under a magnifying glass, ’cause CNN and Fox and all the news channels were at the gates. You know, a double murder-suicide with a seven-year-old kid is news. But I think there’s a point where you really just need to let the family grieve.” This was her say about how the media affect their grief in those times that they were hurting.
Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Of course, it is given that David and Sandra were heavily affected by this tragedy that happened to their family. At the end of the documentary about Chris Benoit, a new detail about the pair was brought up to the light. And even there was an emotional struggle and despite the terrible events have been talked about, it is true that the light is at the end of the tunnel, something good had come out of the making of this program that was dedicated to David’s father and Sandra’s sister.
During the filming, Sandra was asked if there was any contact that she had made with her nephew, she then replied, “I was told – I won’t say by who – that the children didn’t want anything to do with us. And, apparently, the children were told we didn’t want anything to do with them because of what their dad did – which was absolutely not the truth.” It adds up to her grief knowing that there was this kind of talk that made her relationship with her nephew to become miserable.
Thanks To Chris
However, the situation between the two changed, thanks to another person who had been also affected by the losses of life. Sandra explained it briefly to the camera, Chris Jericho, wrestling angel came to life – he gave my number to my nephew and gave my nephew’s number to me. We hadn’t talked since before everything happened.” Chris Jericho was definitely a heaven-sent not only for Sandra but also for David. Without Chris Jericho, they would still be the same as before, with no communication to one another.
David also said that they were finally connected again after a long time. “It’s been a very long time. [Sandra] finally called me, we talked on the phone for probably a good two hours. And now we’re going to watch wrestling. And I still love it. It’s in my blood. It feels like we never were apart… like we just reconnected. Left off where we started.” We could really see that he was very thankful to those people who found a way for him to communicate again with her aunt.
Forgiveness Over Anything
Sandra still believes in herself that she has the capacity to forgive Chris, she said in the documentary, “Everyone deserves forgiveness. Everyone deserves mercy. I think within the time there will be a day when I get on my knees, and I finally say it: that I forgive him. You never know, it might be tomorrow.” She knows deep down her heart that everyone deserves forgiveness no matter what they did to you or no matter what they did to you. But she added, “But I do know it’s not today”.
Wait For Years
After the tragic moment that happened to Benoit’s family, it didn’t take too much detective to work on the place where it happened. It also didn’t take many detectives to work together with the tragic events that may have been unfolded. But unfortunately, it’s not the case, finding someone’s killer could take up to many years before it can be discovered. Just like Karen Klaas’ brutal murder. Experts had to wait for 40 long years for the DNA testing technology to catch up handling the evidence needed for a case.
Karen Klaas’ Case
In the case of Karen Klaas’, her friends were standing at the back door of her house in California and were shouting out her name, which for a response that Karen gave them, they only heard a muted cry causing them all to rush into the front door of the house. After rushing towards the front door, the group saw a man leaving the house. Without them knowing, this man already left Karen with strangles. It will take up to 40 years for investigators to discover who this man was.
Karen’s Life Background
But before we tackle the tragedy that happened last January 30, 1976. Let us first discover a bit more about the life that Karen Klaas had. While attending California’s Santa Ana High School, she had her best friend back then which was named Bill Medley. The tables turned when she showed up in one of Medley’s gigs, once was a friend who turned to be in a romantic relationship. Medley was a musician who happened to be a solo artist and a part of the duo “The Righteous Brother.”
Last 2017, Medley can still recall what happened in one of his gigs. He had peered into the crowd as seen by someone familiar. He said, “Of all the people that were standing in the audience, I just could see her smiling face, and I said, ‘Wow. That’s Karen.’ So I got her number and I asked her out, and there you go.” That’s the start of their growing friendship with one another, and as time goes by, they started to have feelings that they cannot control towards one another.
Klaas And Medley’s Love Story Didn’t End Well
Klaas and Medley got married in the year 1964, they had one son who was named Darrin. Despite of all the happiness and their love for their child, the two still didn’t last long. After six years of enduring, the former high school buddies, who were lovers also, filed for a divorce. Then, Klaas and Medley strayed in good terms. However, as Klaas welcomed another son who was named Damian and got married to a new guy, this didn’t end up well again which resulted in a file of divorce.
Something To Be Busy
While on the other hand, Medley focused himself to music after the divorce he had with his ex-wife, Karen. His career also grew up as a part of “The Righteous Brother” who had taken off since then. The year 1995 is to be cherished by “The Righteous Brothers” because it was a chart-topping smash with their song “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin.” Amazingly, this track is known to be the most frequent song that was broadcasted on the entire U.S radio.
Medley’s Unending Success
As “The Righteous Brothers” strive their way in the music industry, they also had a hit with the classic “Unchained Melody.” Medley also tried to chase a solo career, he then saw some success in his solo career along the way. In the year 1969, he sang The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” at the Grammy Awards. With all his subsequent performances, this led to a new record deal offered unto him. Three years after his record deal, he had a song called “Freedom and Fear” which earned him a Grammy nomination.
Indefinite Hiatus For Medley
At this juncture, Medley didn’t know that he’d be soon putting his entire career in music on an indefinite gap. You see now that his life, his son’s life, Darrin, and his ex-wife Klaas were about to be altered forever following all the events that happened on January 30, 1976. Yet, according to the detective who spoke to True Crime Daily last 2017, Detective Tom Harris, the morning of that brand new day was meant to have been a pretty one for Klaas herself.
Failed To Attend To Her Meeting
Harris said a few words to the website, “[Klaas] was supposed to go to the coffee shop with her neighbours after she took her child to school.” When Klaas, a mother of two, didn’t show up to the said meeting that she was supposed to attend, her friend then became worried about her and wondered where she was. Her friends decided to go to her house which was located in Hermosa Beach to check her out if everything was running smoothly and if there was no sign of an emergency.
Friends Came To Find Out
Then Klaas’ friends arrived at her house. They knew that there was something wrong in her house. They noticed that it was very quiet even though Klaas didn’t show up to their meeting. According to Detective Tom Harris, “They get to the back sliding door, [and] it was open a little bit.” After finding out that the sliding door was ajar, they started to call out for the former Mrs Medley, after a while they heard a very faint response somewhere inside the house.
Something Put Them In Absolute Shock
With what they heard, they told themselves that something was seriously not going right, something was wrong. They knew that they should ask for help to the authorities and to the people around them. And upon hearing the muffled sound that echoed in their ears, they ran for help coming from the back of the house towards its front door. They were extremely more shocked by what they saw as they approached the front door. There was something emerging from the front door of Klaas’ house.
Calling Up To The Authorities
Another Detective recalled to the True Crime Daily, which was Detective Larry Brandenburg. “The front door opened, and a gentleman came out with bushy, kind of long hair and a beard. And he said, ‘Hi, ladies,’ these words that came from the unknown man startled them. Then Klaas’ friend quickly called the authorities. They both arrived in the scene and what was brought up to their eyes was a mother of two, who is naked and bound on the floor located in her own bedroom.
Mission Failed For The Assailant
It is said that someone, which is probably the man that Klaas’ friends saw, had tied one leg of a pair of pantyhose around Klaas’ hands. Later on, the investigators found out that the individual had then used the other leg and a bra to strangle a 32-year-old woman, Klaas. But the assailant’s quest was not totally finished, while Klaas laid on the floor of her bedroom unconscious, she was still living at that exact moment. Her neighbours successfully interrupted the attacker before he completely did the crime.
A Phone Call That Would Change Medley’s Life
As such, the authorities then rushed Klaas to the hospital with high hopes that she would live up her life again. Meanwhile, her ex-husband Medley received a phone call when he was in Arrowhead, California, he was told about her ex-wife’s current condition in the hospital. He was told that his ex-wife is currently in a coma and her prognosis was grim. Without him knowing, this particular phone call would change how he will live the entire remaining days of his entire life.
Reminiscing Good Times
According to what Medley said to the People last 2017, “There was no coming back [for Karen], and everybody knew it.” But while Klaas was still in a coma, the star had hoped for a miracle to happen to his very kind ex-wife. He could barely remember how he was so desperate to having Klaas by his side. He also added these words that came out of his mouth saying, “I said to her, ‘Come on honey, the boys need you. We all need you.’ Real positive stuff.”
Difficult Time For Medley
Those sweet words that were uttered by Medley did nothing to turn Klaas’ situation up-side-down. Klaas died for five days, which was a result of the violent act made against her. This entire period wherein Klaas’ was dead for five days was considered to be the most difficult time Medley had in his entire life. He recalled I was a wreck. It was a big-time out-of-body experience. I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe I am here looking at caskets for Karen. She was beautiful and alive and a wonderful lady.”
Klaas’ loss means drastic change for Medley, not only in simple ways but also in ways how to handle the life of their own child. Klaas’ death left Darrin with only a dad to look out for him. Medley also explained to People that at the time of their loss for Klaas, he was only a bachelor living his own life on the beach in Newport Beach. He added, “[Then] all of a sudden I was a single parent… I took some time off to get Darrin’s life back together.”
While Medley and his long lost child in her arms, Darrin, worked together with their lives, the police found themselves stumped by the case of Klaas. In the year 1976, the authorities were still waiting for the DNA results to be published so that they can easily know who the attempted murderer was, such procedures only came into their own in the 1980s. With this, the law enforcement still possesses the pantyhose and the bra that was used to strangle up Klaas, also the towel found within the crime scene.
Solving the Case in Different Ways
Finding another lead, there were still some ways that the police had done, there was one more potential lead in able for them to identify the assailant. As they remember, Klaas’ friend could be of some source because they were the ones who have personally seen the man. Although the police found themselves unable to solve the case even with physical evidence and a description of the said man, they continued to work while on the other hand, the DNA testing became more and more advanced.
Identity Of The Suspect
One way that the authorities made was to ask the detectives who were in the crime scene after the tragedy happened. The detectives told the public what they know about the suspected killer of Klaas. According to The Washington Post, he was a shaggy-haired guy who had a beard, a man who was in a trench coat and blue jeans. The investors also utilized the DNA that was found on the towel at the crime scene to rule out the five men who were part of their considered suspects back then.
Medley And Others Were Cleared
After the finding that was brought up by the DNA test. The DNA testing excluded Medley and all the other men that Klaas had in her life entirely back then. Detective Tom Harris told the True Crime Daily again, “[Klaas] had remarried and then was divorced again. She had a boyfriend. We checked his DNA; we also checked her husband’s DNA [and] her ex-husband’s DNA. Everybody was cleared.” This official statement removed the thinking that maybe her past relationship covers such kind of act like this.
Back In The Same Strategy
The additional strategy was made up by the detectives, this is to use the growing DNA database to see if the killer of Klaas had committed any other crime beside this crime and if subsequently had his genetic information record. But right after this strategy that they made, it proved nothing and didn’t provide any matches. The authorities went back to the same strategy that they used. In the year 2009, chosen investigators began to get back in touch with sources from the original files of cases.
Fresh Start To Crack The Case
That exact same year, Detective Harris told the Ventura County Star that he is hoping for a second round of interview for those people who were involved in the scenario so that they can be refreshed by the information that they have back then, maybe now is the time that they could crack the case. On top of anything else that he had said, these lines were remembered, “We start all over… see if we can identify people that hadn’t been contacted before.”
New Strategy By A Scientist
Even though Harris, Brandenburg, and the rest of the investigators put a lot of effort and new strategy into what they are doing, still there was no answer to their case. But as it happens, all that information gathered is not considered to be trash. As a forensic biologist who had worked so hard to solve for Klaas’ case, there was a new idea that aroused. According to Brandenburg, the scientist called up to him and asked him “Ever thought about doing familial?”
Familial DNA Testing
This new strategy gave them hope of finally solving the case of Klaas’ after several years of trying. Specifically, the forensic biologist was referring to a more modern way compared to the traditional way of comparing DNA samples. This technique is called familial DNA testing. This allows the investigators to compare a genetic sample to those criminals who belong in the database. In this way, they can somehow find partial matches by identifying family members of a suspect until it gets perfectly fit to the DNA itself.
Strategy Come Under Scrutiny
Knowing that this new strategy recommended to the investigators can somehow be effective, even though it can lead to great resource findings, it has come under scrutiny. The science adviser of the American Civil Liberties Union, Tania Simoncell, told The Washington Post, “If [familial] DNA testing was] practiced routinely, we would be subjecting hundreds of thousands of innocent people who happen to be relatives of individuals in the FBI database to lifelong genetic surveillance.” We can’t argue that she has a point but how will this case be solved?
No More Choices
Besides this, the investigators pursue the use of familial testing. In fact, Brandenburg told the True Crime Daily that it was all that they have left to try. The entire team cannot think any more about how they can solve this very complicated case and they cannot also think of any more possible strategies that they can use if the familial DNA testing still won’t work. With nothing left to do, the forensic submitted the suspect’s DNA and waited for a word whether it is approved for treatment or not.
There Were A Lot Of Restrictions
The strategy of using familial DNA testing cannot be applied to all. It is only permitted in a handful of states that belong to U.S. Brandenburg also described that access is very limited to both the technology and data that are needed for the case. He also added that in order for you to get some data needed, you have to go through with the state and its protective protocols. It is very stringent, there are a lot of restrictions for you to able to get what you exactly need.
There Was No Match
Apparently, the whole panel of California took a month or more to approve whether or not they will accept the Klaas’ case. Fortunately, they accepted it, although they surely need to have patience because it will be another game of waiting for them to be notified of some information connected to the case that they applied for. The question is, would the DNA of the killer be proved to a familial match with anyone else in the system? Brandenburg reported and said, “They ran samples, called me, and said, ‘Nothing.”