Brief Hometown Tragedies: DNA Technology

Hmm. Our second cold case takes us to the small town of Pembroke about 40 minutes south of Boston. On a cold February evening in 1985, Virginia Hannon was walking home from dinner with friends. They left her outside her old two-bedroom home, not knowing it would be the last time they would see her alive. You know. In February 1985, Pembroke police went to Mrs Hannan’s home and found her in her bed and initially thought she had died of a haemorrhage. My father made the guard go and then I don’t believe she got any answer as to where the front door window was broken. So she came back and they called the police and then the cops went weird with the broken window that they thought it was natural causes. Yes correct. It is what it is. Even my dad said if it was natural cause why is she in bed with a *** sheet over her head and the sheet covered in blood. The Massachusetts State Police assigns D. ***. S. Office were also notified, went to the scene and on arrival made observations of what they believed to be your marks or prying marks on the door. They noticed *** the glass was broken and entered the home and found *** various spots of blood throughout the apartment. So what they did after that was they got the medical examiner involved and they found out that after further examination of her body, she was unfortunately strangled to death, which at this point is being treated as a *** homicide. Yes

Brief Hometown Tragedies: DNA Technology

A new episode highlights how three cases are solved with the help of advances in technology

DNA technology brings new hope to families seeking justice for their loved ones in this episode of Hometown Tragedy. Explore three brutal cold cases with Othram’s Kristen and David Mittelman as they go into detail about the difficulties of following up on older cold cases and how advances in forensic technology lead investigators to evidence—and ultimately, answers for grieving families . The first case explores the mystery of Woodlawn Jane Doe, whose lifeless body was found outside a Baltimore cemetery. Her killer is on the run and the police have very little to do at the beginning of the investigation. Years later, they team up with Otram in hopes of finally identifying Jane Doe of Woodlawn. Cut to Pembroke, Massachusetts, where Virginia Hannon is murdered in her home after a night out with friends. The case went cold for decades until a tip was left with the police and Hannon’s family received new information. Finally, early one morning in 1996, Terrance Paquette was found murdered in the bathroom of a Lil’ Champ convenience store outside of Orlando. Paquette had only recently moved to Orlando and didn’t have many friends or family members in the area, giving investigators very few leads in the case. Despite the many unanswered questions, investigators are not giving up on finding answers and are seeking the help of Othram Inc.’s DNA technology to aid in the arrest and pursuit of justice for Paquette. Very Local is your best source for local community programming, bringing you 24/7 access to news from your trusted local news source, weather updates and more. Very Local also brings you fresh, untold stories from your own city and communities like yours, with exclusive original shows and local stories specific to where you live. Get the channel to stream Very Local for free on Roku or Amazon Fire TV. Follow Very Local on Facebook and @VeryLocal on Instagram for more.

DNA technology brings new hope to families seeking justice for their loved ones in this episode of Hometown Tragedy. Explore three brutal cold cases with Othram’s Kristen and David Mittelman as they go into detail about the difficulties of following up on older cold cases and how advances in forensic technology lead investigators to evidence—and ultimately, answers for grieving families .

The first case explores the mystery of Woodlawn Jane Doe, whose lifeless body was found outside a Baltimore cemetery. Her killer is on the run and the police have very little to do at the beginning of the investigation. Years later, they team up with Otram in hopes of finally identifying Jane Doe of Woodlawn.

Cut to Pembroke, Massachusetts, where Virginia Hannon is murdered in her home after a night out with friends. The case went cold for decades until a tip was left with the police and Hannon’s family received new information.

Finally, early one morning in 1996, Terrance Paquette was found murdered in the bathroom of a Lil’ Champ convenience store outside of Orlando. Paquette had only recently moved to Orlando and didn’t have many friends or family members in the area, giving investigators very few leads in the case. Despite the many unanswered questions, investigators are not giving up on finding answers and are enlisting the help of Othram Inc.’s DNA technology to aid in the arrest and pursuit of justice for Paquette.


Very local is your best source for local community broadcasts, giving you 24/7 access to news from your trusted local news source, weather updates and more. Very Local also brings you fresh, untold stories from your own city and communities like yours, with exclusive original shows and local stories specific to where you live. Get the channel to stream Very Local for free year or Amazon Fire TV.

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