Consumer DNA databases, like FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch, have opened up new avenues for law enforcement investigators to identify people suspected of committing serious crimes. But the new technique raises privacy concerns.
That’s how long Washington-area residents were living in fear of seemingly random sniper shootings in October 2002. The Beltway sniper attacks dominated the news and grew into a media frenzy that was full of speculation about the attackers’ identities, motives and even the type of car they were driving.
A new play from Pointless Theatre Company, “Forest Treás,” explores this media saturation through the lens of a fictional Washington neighborhood. Kojo talks with the show’s writer and director, as well as a photojournalist who covered the sniper attacks for The Washington Times.
Produced by Cydney Grannan
- Rod Lamkey, Jr. Freelance photographer; @rlamkey
- Kelly Colburn Director, "Forest Treás"
- Navid Azeez Writer and Composer/Sound Designer, "Forest Treás"
Photos From The Washington Times' 2003 Pulitzer Prize Entry (Note: Viewers May Find Some Images Disturbing)
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