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Twins' DNA Foils Police 209

Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that James and John Parr were both arrested after watches worth £10,000 were stolen from a shopping center. Police found blood on a piece of glass at the scene of the crime and traced it back to the 25-year-old identical twins through DNA tests. But James and John both denied the theft and, because they have identical DNA, it has been impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt which twin is responsible. 'The police told us that they knew it was one of us, but we both denied it,' says James. 'I definitely know I didn't do anything wrong. I was watching my daughter that night.' Now the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has concluded that it cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt who was responsible. 'Unless further evidence becomes available, we are unable to authorize any charge at this time,' says CPS spokesman Rob Pett. 'This is certainly not something that we regularly encounter.' Identical twins have hindered police investigations a number of times since the advent of DNA testing. In Malaysia last year, a man suspected of drug-smuggling and sentenced to death was released when the court could not prove whether it was he or his twin brother who committed the crime."
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  • by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Saturday April 03, 2010 @02:00PM (#31717182) Homepage

    Or one more note, an identical twin could leave a sample of his blood and blame his brother.

    Wouldn't that have to be, on top of identical, a secret evil twin?

  • by moteyalpha ( 1228680 ) on Saturday April 03, 2010 @02:18PM (#31717388) Homepage Journal
    No, my theory is they are telling the truth. What they lied about ( by omission ) is that they are triplets and if they had found the third he would have admitted to the crime.
  • by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Saturday April 03, 2010 @03:07PM (#31717832)

    It's called unlawful arrest. It's not legal to hold someone in contempt of court who is not a witness.

    It is unconstitutional (5th amendment violation) to demand someone confess.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 03, 2010 @03:07PM (#31717844)

    I couldn't tell you what he's doing right now. He could be robbing a jewelry store for all I know.

    Hey! No I'm not!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 03, 2010 @03:21PM (#31717968)

    well, he knows you're not, but he's trying to pin it on you now while he's at the jewelry store.

  • by Smauler ( 915644 ) on Saturday April 03, 2010 @03:30PM (#31718050)

    No, it's way easier than that. All you have to do is analyse their DNA, and see which of them has the Evil Bit set. I can't believe this hasn't been done yet.

    ps. The evil bit in DNA is not detected by normal comparisons. You need to find a geneticist with 1337 DN4 5C4NN1NG 5K1LLZ. The median age for such geneticists is 13, interestingly.

  • by JWSmythe ( 446288 ) <jwsmytheNO@SPAMjwsmythe.com> on Saturday April 03, 2010 @03:30PM (#31718058) Homepage Journal

        Actually, neither will confess, and neither one did it. As it turns out they were actually triplets when they were born. The parents had to give one up for adoption. The adopted brother, through cruel twists of fate, turned to crime at a young age. Neither of the "twins" know anything about the third brother.

        But, that's not the whole story. The third brother married into a well connected crime family. He did what the family wanted, but that still didn't make them satisfied with him. In time, there was resentment by some of the "family" members, and even his wife.

        The wife was having an affair with another member of the crime family. One morning the third brother cut himself shaving. She took that blood, and gave it to her lover, and *HE* is the one who committed the crime.

        No one in the crime family, nor even the third brother, knew there were two more people who would positively identify to the DNA match. The third brother remains unsuspected to this day, and those in his circle continue to live free, until the day that his wife finally gets rid of him, one way or another.

        {sigh} don't you people ever watch murder/mystery/detective shows? Hell, even an educated background of Scooby Doo mysteries would have thought of this one. Or the old man who lived in the cabin on the hill. :)

  • by CorporateSuit ( 1319461 ) on Saturday April 03, 2010 @04:31PM (#31718478)
    Easier than that. Just give them a short test:

    1. What's your favorite hobby?
    a. Watching TV with my family
    b. Curling up with a good book
    c. Twirling my moustache while laughing

    2. If you were to volunteer at an orphanage, what would you feed the orphans?
    a. I would feed them candy
    b. I would feed them something healthy
    c. I would feed them to alligators

    3. Describe your romantic relationship
    a. I just met a girl who has learned to trust and rely on me
    b. I went home and became a family man
    c. Banging a whore, you know... what's her name?
    d. No relationships, but c sounds pretty good.

    4. Describe your family relationship
    a. My parents adored us, if only my brother would understand!
    b. My parents only loved my goodie-two-shoes brother! I will show them all someday that fear is more important than love! Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!

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