The world's first killer to be caught by his own DNA - a breakthrough that changed policing forever

DNA case
David Baker was struggling to solve the murders of teens Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth – then he read about DNA 

Retired detective David Baker recalls the rural murders solved by a breakthrough that changed crimefighting for good

On the morning of November 22, 1983, I received a call that a body had been found. I was 47 and head of the criminal investigation department at Leicester Police. We had spent the night before, one of the coldest of the year, searching for missing 15-year-old Lynda Mann. Her family described her as a “petite doll with a cheeky face”. 

“She only had to look at you and she’d got you,” says her uncle, Rob. 

There are some scenes that never leave you, and I can still remember Lynda's little body lying in a copse in the village of Narborough. She had been raped, then strangled to...

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