A Storyville documentary following Letizia Ruggeri's four-year investigation into the murder of 13-year-old Yara Gambirasio.
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TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN:
DOG BARKS IN DISTANCE
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THEY PRAY IN UNISON
My research has focused on looking at parts of the DNA
that can give us information
on physical characteristics of the individual.
These physical characteristics are ancestry, hair colour,
eye colour and level of pigmentation.
One of the more straightforward traits that can be predicted
is eye colour.
Colonel Lago told me about the fact that they had a profile,
it was a slightly mixed profile,
but they had the reference of the victim and that they had no leads.
Then, of course, Italy doesn't have a DNA database,
so we talked about the possibility of testing some of the methods
that I was developing for my research project,
so I decided to focus simply on the regions
that could help us predict the eye colour,
because the prediction can be more precise,
and also by looking at a lower amount of regions,
use less of the DNA
that I didn't have a lot of.
The Italian driving licence, the eye colour is reported,
so by identifying the eye colour, or the most probable eye colour,
they were able to then tailor their investigation to that information.
CONVERSATION ON WIRETAP
UPBEAT '60s POP MUSIC
MUSIC STOPS ABRUPTLY
WORKMEN CHAT IN ITALIAN
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On Friday, 26th November 2010, in the close-knit town of Bergamo, Letizia Ruggeri received a telephone call. It was Maura Gambirasio, a mother whose 13-year-old daughter Yara hadn't come home from the gym. Letizia, who spent years investigating mafia murders in Sicily, thought of her own daughter and promised she would find Yara.
Three months later, Yara's body was tragically discovered - she had been attacked. With just one piece of DNA evidence to go on, Letizia started a hunt for a perpetrator that would take four years, 20,000 DNA samples, ingenuity and tenacity to find the identity of 'Unknown Male no 1'. It was a revelation that would unlock deep family secrets that still reverberated when the suspect was finally brought to trial.