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Lancaster County authorities used genetic genealogy research to solve the murder of a 46-year-old woman who was brutally stabbed to death in her own home. David Sinopoli, 68, has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of Lindy Sue Beichler, then 19. It happened on the evening of December 5, 1975, on Kloss Drive in Manor Township. Beichler had just returned home from shopping when she was attacked. She was stabbed 19 times. In 1997, a male DNA profile was identified from Biechler’s underwear. This profile was entered into a national DNA database. In 2019, the DNA profile was used to create composite sketches of the suspect. Genetic genealogy research began in 2020. Using public genealogy databases, researchers can find possible unknown suspects by locating likely relatives or other common ancestral traits. Sinopoli has been identified as a possible suspect in the case. In February 2022, investigators obtained Sinopoli’s DNA after he threw a cup of coffee at Philadelphia International Airport. His DNA matched male DNA taken from Beichler’s underwear. Sinopoli is currently being held in Lancaster County Jail without bond.
A New Jersey woman has been convicted in federal court for his role in a GoFundMe scam that netted donors hundreds of thousands of dollars with a fake wellness story about a homeless man. Katie McClure was sentenced to 12 months plus 1 day in federal prison, three years of probation and restitution of her share of the $400,000 that was defrauded by thousands of online donors. She had previously pleaded guilty to the charges. McClure, her then-boyfriend Mark D’Amico, and homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt concocted a story that Bobbitt gave McClure his last $20 after he ran out of gas on I-95 . The couple then set up a GoFundMe to “help” Bobbitt “be so generous.” The fundraiser caught the eye and took off when none of the stories were true. The trio may have got away with it, however, Bobbitt sued the pair because they weren’t giving him his share (of ill-gotten gains). That’s when the forensic accountants discovered they were spending the money irresponsibly and inevitably the scam came to light. D’Amico was sentenced to 27 months and Bobbitt will be sentenced on August 23.