Police have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a young girl more than 25 years ago on the basis of DNA evidence, prosecutors said on Tuesday. In November 1987, nine-year-old Christina was found sexually assaulted and strangled in the western city of Osnabrueck. “The girl did not hear her alarm clock, which is why she left late for school without the friends she usually walked with,” public prosecutor Alexander Retemeyer said. “She took a shortcut crossing through a garden where it was a bit dark. That is where she encountered a 19-year-old man.” The young man tried to rape her and when the girl threatened to tell her mother, he strangled her, the prosecutor said. The victim’s clothes were sealed and stored, and particles of the killer’s skin were removed. “With scientific progress in the meantime, it was possible to isolate DNA and the case was featured on the television show Aktenzeichen XY [about unsolved crimes], which led us to tips about a suspect,” Retemeyer said. “The suspect was ordered to provide a DNA sample, which matched what we had. He was arrested on Sunday morning and confessed on Sunday afternoon.”
Leary files made available
A trove of Timothy Leary’s files could shed new light on the LSD guru, his controversial research into psychedelic drugs and the emergence of the 1960s counterculture. The New York Public Library acquired the vast archive for an undisclosed sum from the Leary estate in 2011. It was making the material available to academics and the public yesterday for the first time. Leary was fired as a psychology lecturer at Harvard and coined the phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out.” He advocated the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs, including LSD. Much of the material is previously unpublished. Leary died in 1996.
Starbucks says no to guns
Starbucks Corp chief executive Howard Schultz requested on Tuesday that the coffee chain’s customers leave their firearms at home, shifting company policy amid an increasingly fractious debate over US gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings. The request is being made in part because more people have been bringing guns into Starbucks over the past six months, prompting confusion and dismay among some patrons and employees, Schultz said in an interview. In an open letter to customers issued late on Tuesday, the chief executive said: “Our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.” Starbucks’ long-standing policy had been to default to local gun laws, including “open carry” regulations that allow people to take guns into stores.
Rescue crews wind down
Colorado rescue crews said on Tuesday that emergency calls were dropping after they rescued hundreds more people stranded by floodwater. State officials reported six flood-related deaths, plus two women missing and presumed dead. The number was expected to increase. It could take weeks or even months to search through flooded areas looking for people who died. Hundreds were still missing, but that number has been decreasing, with the state’s latest count below 650 people. Officials hope the number of missing will continue declining as the stranded get in touch with families. More than 2,300 people and 850 pets had been airlifted to safety by Tuesday, the Colorado National Guard said.