Did you know he is credited with being the first prosecutor in the United States to use forensic DNA profiling in a criminal trial? It was 1988 and DNA was far from being the solid science we know and love today. It was still considered mumbo-jumbo by many, many people. Here is an archival New York Times article about new-fangled DNA, "young Jeff Ashton," and the beginning of a criminal court revolution.
Are you a fan of novelist Linda Fairstein? She is in this NYT article, too, still a NY prosecutor and hot on the trail of the incipient DNA juggernaut.
A few months later, in 1988, Ricky Bible snatched a little girl on her bike in Flagstaff, Arizona, a mountain town where her family was vacationing. She did not survive his attack. Ricky Bible became the first Arizona conviction based on DNA profiling. I remember the controversy at the time. This week Richard Bible has finally received an execution date. The little girl would have been 32 this year, but remains forever a third grader in the hearts of her loved ones.