September 23rd, 2009
04:35 PM ET

The FBI's cold cases

Program Note: Tune in tonight to watch our weeklong series on Prime Suspects and how one cold case was solved. AC360° 10 p.m. ET.

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Tonight, as part of our weeklong series on prime suspects, we follow up on a case involving a man – commonly known as the West Side rapist – who was accused of preying on elderly women. We speak to detectives in California who were able to track down the alleged killer through meticulous DNA testing.

John Floyd Thomas Jr. is charged with murdering a 69-year-old woman in California in 1972, and a 67-year-old woman in Westchester in 1976. So how did they find him? Tune in tonight.

But this isn't the only cold case investigators are still trying to solve. Go here to see a list of the FBI's unsolved investigations.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
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  1. Annie Kate

    So DNA "closes" another case? I guess after a while none of the people connected with the crime are around anymore to be questioned again, etc. I'm glad these cases are not forgotten though – the victims and the victim's family will never forget the crime – most of them would like to see some justice done or to just know what happened. I hope this will be a regular feature on 360.

    September 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  2. beatricemcclearn

    Thanks for sharing. I wanted to join the FBI back in college, so these things are always very interesting to me.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm |