New DNA Technology Could Solve 1980 Murder Case

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There are over 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 that have yet to be solved. Among them is Robin Brooks's cold case.

The 20-year-old was found dead inside the bedroom of her apartment in California on April 24, 1980. An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed, raped and bound by the assailant, who has yet to be identified despite police having a full DNA profile.

Brooks had recently moved from New York and only spent six weeks at her apartment before she was brutally killed.


"She followed her sister out to California and had only been in Sacramento for six months,” says Links. “She was young and was out here for an adventure," said Michael Links, a retired Sacremento County Sheriff sergeant.

The timeline suggests that Brooks finished work at midnight and attended a high school party before heading home. When her friends and colleagues couldn't reach her the next day, they immediately knew something was wrong.


The coroner put her time of death around 2:30, but even the authorities aren't sure if the killer attacked her on her way home or waited for her back at the apartment.

"We don’t know if she was accosted on the walk home, or if someone from the party accosted her, or she went into the apartment and someone was there," said Links.

37 years later, investigators and Brooks's family have renewed their hope in finding her killer thanks to some new developments.

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