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Dr Williamson

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[color=var(--posttitletextcolor)]Dr. Angela Williamson on the DNA
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[color=var(--newCommunityTheme-bodyText)]“Forensic scientist Dr. Angela Williamson, who performed some of the forensic testing, told CNN that early DNA testing was done of the crotch of JonBenet’s panties, where her blood had been found. The result was a very strong profile, she says, of an unknown male that could not be matched to anyone who had been near the scene or who had handled her body. It was also not a match to John Ramsey.
Williamson noted how thorough the DNA testing was. “They even compared this DNA profile with the man whose autopsy had been performed right before JonBenet’s.”
Also in 2006, a significant forensic finding was made by Williamson, who was employed by Bode Laboratories at the time.
She was approached by Boulder law enforcement to do touch DNA testing on some of the clothing JonBenet was wearing the night she was killed.
“Touch DNA are skin cells that you shed when you come into contact with anything,” Williamson explained.
Williamson personally selected both sides of the waistband of the child’s long johns “so logically where would someone’s hands be if they were pulling down someone’s pants. So that’s where we targeted, where we thought someone would’ve contacted the long johns.”
The results caught everyone off guard. Williamson told CNN the unknown male DNA originally found in the crotch of JonBenet’s underpants matched or “was consistent” with the unknown male DNA that was found on the waistband of the long johns.
“We were, like, this is pretty big. This gives more weight to the theory that this is from the perpetrator and not from manufacturing contamination.”
(2016 CNN article)

List of her credentials:
Dr Angela Williamson is the Supervisor, Forensics Unit/FBI ViCAP Liaison at The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Angela also serves as the Forensic Subject Matter Expert for BJA and FBI ViCAP/BAU and assists Law Enforcement agencies across the USA. She developed and oversees the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), along with other forensic-based programs at BJA. Angela received her doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Queensland in Australia.
She has over 16 years of experience as a forensic specialist working on complex criminal cases and missing/unidentified persons’ investigations. As a forensic scientist, Angela worked in State and Private forensic labs (including QLD Health Scientific Services), and performed serological screening and DNA analysis on thousands of major crime cases. Prior to joining DOJ, she held the positions of Director of Forensic Casework at Bode Technology (America’s largest private forensic DNA laboratory), and Biometrics and Unknown Victim Identification Project Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). At Bode she worked thousands of sexual assault cases, homicides, human remains (missing, unidentified, mass disasters), and many high-profile cases (including the Zodiac serial killer and JonBenet Ramsey homicide).
At NCMEC Angela oversaw forensic/biometric services, assisted in the identification of child homicide victims, and helped solve cold case homicides. She has extensive knowledge of current forensic practices and emerging technologies and routinely trains law enforcement in all aspects of Forensics, including advanced DNA techniques for crime scene evidence.
In 2018 and 2020, Angela received the United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the mission and goals of the Office of Justice Programs. In 2019, Angela received the International Homicide Investigators Association Award for Excellence for her role in the Samuel Little serial killer investigation.

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