The Baseline Killer
Try, Try Again
It sounds like the investigators made a blunder worthy of the Keystone Cops, but police say that the administrative error may actually have been a stroke of luck. If they had kept better track of the swab and analyzed it themselves, their lab, not as sophisticated as the DPS services, might easily have destroyed the sample without establishing its DNA evidence. As it was, their initial error preserved the swab until the DPS was called in to straighten things out.
The DPS successfully analyzed the swab. The DNA matched that of Mark Goudeau, a 42-year-old convicted felon. The sisters had failed to identify Goudeau when they first looked at mugshots, and one of them had even fingered another suspect. Still, authorities soon arrested and charged Goudeau.
On their fourth search of Goudeau's home, police found a victim's ring in one of Goudeau's shoes, and traces of Chou's blood in the shed. The investigation, prosecution and trial proceeded quickly, and Goudeau was found guilty on 19 counts in September 2007. That earned him 438 years in prisonand that's just from the charges for the crimes against the two sisters. He's yet to be tried for the alleged 9 murders or others crimes of which he's been accused.
His defense and supporters still say he didn't do it.