Rachel Nickell

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Forensic Casebook

Victim: Rachel Nickell

Re-investigation revealed unknown male DNA on samples from Rachel’s body. 

This led to the identification of her killer - with whom paint and shoemark links were then also established and, exoneration of long-term suspect, Colin Stagg. A flaw in the original DNA profiling technique had prevented the evidence from coming to light sooner. When this was corrected, other historic cases were also able to be solved under the codename Operation Cube.