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A chewing gum solved the mystery of a 44 year old rape-murder case, how the devil was caught

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Many times, the mystery of murders is so unsolved and complicated that even after years the clue of the murderer cannot be found. There are dozens of cases like Aarushi Murder Case in our country, which remain a mystery even today. However, the American police has solved the murder mystery of a student who was sexually assaulted in a college 44 years ago. This sensational murder that took place in the year 1980 had created a stir in the entire city at that time. The police have arrested a 60 year old man in this case. The accused was caught because of chewing gum.


Have you ever thought that chewing gum could solve a murder that happened 44 years ago? A man in the US state of Oregon has been found guilty of the murder of a college student in 1980. The DNA found in the chewing gum he chewed exposed him. Roberts, 60, was found guilty last week of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder, according to a CNN report.

what was the incident
According to a statement from the Multnomah County District Attorney, the incident occurred on January 15, 1980. Barbara Tucker, a 19-year-old college student, was allegedly kidnapped. The allegation is that Robert then raped her and then beat her to death near a parking lot on campus.” Barbara was a student at Mount Hood Community College. The next morning, students arriving for class at the college found Barbara’s body. Found, after which the police was informed.

However, Robert has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers have said they will file an appeal against his conviction. “We will appeal, and we are confident that his conviction will be overturned,” attorneys Stephen Hause and Jacob Hause, representing the accused, said in a statement to CNN.

How chewing gum solved the problem
Talking about how chewing gum connected Robert to the case? The District Attorney’s statement revealed, “In 2000, the vagina slab taken from Barbara’s autopsy was sent to the Oregon State Police (OSP) Crime Lab for analysis. The crime lab detected an additional DNA profile from the vagina slab. The investigation team already suspected Robert but there was no evidence.

The statement said, “The DNA obtained during the girl’s autopsy was preserved for almost 21 years. The research team somehow used Robert’s spit out chewing gum as a sample. After investigation at the OSP Crime Lab, a DNA match was found and thus Robert was exposed.”

According to the statement, “On June 8, 2021, Robert was taken into custody and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. At present Robert is in police custody and is awaiting sentencing. The next hearing in the case is to be held in June.”

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