May 25, 2003

greed ensnares murderer

And finally, a third fascinating tale from the NY Post on Saturday, May 24, 2003.

When John Nicholas Athan received a letter from a law firm seeking people to join a class-action suit against the city of Seattle for overcharging motorists on parking tickets, he eagerly responded by return letter.

In doing he gave cops the evidence they needed to charge him with murdering a 13-year-old girl 20 years ago.

The law firm was a police ruse and the lawsuit was bogus, but Athan's saliva on the return envelope was real. It provided cops with a long-sought DNA sample from their prime suspect.

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