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Genetic Genealogist, Best Known for Her Work on the Golden State Killer Case

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Barbara Rae-Venter Bio

Barbara Rae-Venter is an American genetic genealogist and retired patent attorney best known for her work helping police and investigators identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case. Born in New Zealand, she earned a doctorate at the University of California at San Diego and later completed law school at the University of Texas at Austin. After retirement from her law career, she started researching her family history as a hobby in an attempt to help an adopted family member find his birth family. Through this work, she was asked to help identify a woman who had been abducted as a child. Her efforts in this case eventually identified a deceased suspect in the Bear Brook Murders in New Hampshire. Subsequently, Rae-Venter was a key member of the team who used genetic genealogy to identify a suspect, Joseph DeAngelo, in the Golden State Killer case. In 2018 she was named to Nature’s 10, a list of “people who mattered” in science by the journal Nature.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Barbara Rae-Venter and other top speakers and celebrities.


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