DJ, 50, nabbed for 1992 rape and murder of school teacher by his sister’s DNA kit results
A DJ has admitted raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 – after being linked to the murder by his sister’s DNA kit results.
Raymond Charles Rowe killing 25-year-old Christy Mirack at her apartment in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 27 years ago.
MySpace Raymond Charles Rowe, aka DJ Freez, was snared for a 25-year-old murder after his DNA was matched to his half sister’s online sample[/caption]
She was found by her headteacher, beaten to death with a chopping board and choked with her own sweatshirt.
Investigators had been stumped over the 27-year-old cold-case until DNA from the crime scene led to Rowe’s half sister.
She had submitted a sample to a popular genealogy database, cops said.
The breakthrough lead them to Rowe, 50, who had lived just miles from where the killing occurred.
Christy Mirack was raped and brutally murdered in December 1992
Posing with Paris Hilton in 1998, after DJing her birthday partyMySpace
The school teacher was battered with a chopping board and strangled with her own sweater after a vicious sexual assault
With Hulk Hogan and his daughter Brook. The killer travelled all over America performing DJ setsMySpace
Undercover police monitored the suspect and collected his DNA from a used water bottle and chewing gum at a school where he was DJing last year.
It matched DNA recovered from the carpet in the victim’s home.
Her brother, Vince Mirack, told the killer in court: “I can only hope that the remainder of your life is as painful to you as the last 26 years have been to my family.”
“We never let this case go,” said Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman.
“This has not been easy. But one of the reasons we’ve stuck with it and never forgotten it is it’s so disturbing.”
Christy had her coat and gloves on and was on her way to deliver Christmas presents to students and co-workers when Rowe forced his way into her apartment.
Her roommate had left only 15 minutes before.
MySpace The DJ apologised to his victim’s family in court yesterday[/caption]
Cops said they never gave up on the brutal murder caseAP:Associated Press
Raymond Charles Rowe after he was arrested for the 27-year-old killingAP:Associated Press
Christy’s family confronted her killer in court as he was finally convicted
MySpace Posing with his decks, years after he carried out the brutal murder[/caption]
Christy’s jaw was broken, and an autopsy found wounds on her neck, back, chest and face.
The prosecutor said a wooden cutting board found near her body is believed to have been used, and she was probably strangled with her own sweater.
The headteacher of her school went to check up on her because she had not shown up for work and was not answering calls.
He discovered her body on the living room floor.
DA Stedman hired a private firm to dig through DNA databases
Prosecutors said they aren’t sure whether Rowe and Christy knew each other.
He lived about four miles from her in 1992, and the prosecutor said Christy’s home was on a route home form his job.
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His car back then, a white Toyota, matched one that witnesses saw at the apartment that morning.
Rowe’s website says he was a break dancer in the 1980s and won local DJ battles.
He has also performed at Paris Hilton’s birthday party and at events alongside famous rapper Fat Lip and Hulk Hogan.
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