DNA Leads to Arrest in 1976 California Murder of 19-Year-Old Woman

Cold case detectives have arrested convicted rapist Leon Seymour, 71, for the murder of 19-year-old Denise Lampe in San Mateo County in 1976. (California Department of Justice/ FBI)

Dogged cold case detectives have linked a known sexual predator to the decades-old murder of a 19-year-old woman near San Francisco through DNA.

Leon Seymour, 71, was charged Wednesday with fatally stabbing Denise Lampe in Daly City, Calif., in 1976. Prosecutors said a blood stain on Lampe’s jacket matched Seymour’s DNA.

“We’re grateful to have the clarity that DNA evidence brings us,” San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “Mr. Seymour can finally be brought to justice. Something he has avoided for many, many years.”

Seymour was civilly committed to a state mental hospital after serving a 33-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting six women, the San Mateo Daily Journal reported Saturday. The charges against him included rape and attempted sodomy.

Seymour is being held on $10 million bail after being charged with Lampe’s death.

Authorities had long believed Lampe and four other San Mateo County women had been victims of a serial killer. The killings became known as the notorious “Gypsy Hill Murders.”

The victims were all stabbed multiple times and were all suspected to have been raped before they were killed. The murders occurred over a span of five months in 1976.

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SOURCE: Fox News