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DNA results raise questions about 1985 Monterey killing

There are 16 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Nov 15, 2009, titled DNA results raise questions about 1985 Monterey killing. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Scientists have identified four DNA profiles from evidence in the 1985 slaying of Paula Ann Durocher of Monterey, and none of them belongs to the man who has spent more than 20 years in prison for her murder.

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Seaside, CA

#1 Nov 15, 2009
Should this story have included what hapened to the ex-boyfriend?

Pacific Grove, CA

#2 Nov 15, 2009
what happened?

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Nov 15, 2009
sounds like mr. sagin is in jail for crimes of the past

Monterey, CA

#4 Nov 15, 2009
I think that former Deputy District Attorney, William McCardle, is alive and well. Who checked this fact?

Pacific Grove, CA

#5 Nov 15, 2009
A conviction and a prison sentence is serious business! I hope our DA's office takes it seriously enough to look into it earnestly, and is big enough to admit a mistake if there was one.
As for Bill McCardle, he is listed as an active attorney with the Cal Bar, and living in Pebble Beach.
I hope the DA is better at investigation than the Herald.

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Nov 16, 2009
of course,sagin being a lifetime criminal would blab to other prisoners he killed someone..a 400 dollar drug habit? how much money were they going to get burglarizing this home.....???
Justice Seeker

United States

#7 Nov 16, 2009
I wouldn't put it past the police to leak information to jail house snitches to provide "evidence" to convict someone. Sadly, more attention is paid to getting someone convicted than to getting at the truth. Sagin is not a sympathetic character, but he should be punished for crimes he committed. While the police and the DA are congratulating themselves for locking up Sagin, there may be a killer still out here preying on the rest of us.


#8 Nov 16, 2009
There is so much corruption in the monterey system. I am very sure there is a killer still out there. When did the DA start looking for help from jailhouse informants. there in jail for wrong doing. all of a sudden there word helps convict someone for the wrong crime. looks and sounds like a set up to me.

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Nov 16, 2009
if guilty, he needs to be where he is..since we don't know the other facts (besides the informants) it's hard to say..but if there's dna evidence of other or different people involved.shouldn't this be a priority if there's a possibility he wasn't involved

Long Beach, CA

#10 Nov 16, 2009
What upsets me is when they first decided LAST YEAR they were going to test the DNA found, the Herald reported it and did not bother to contact the family. Paula's family was notified of the article by friends. I was so upset for the family that I actually contacted the woman who wrote the article who then told me that there was an attempt to contact family but the DA had not information on how to locate them. Bullshit. Straight up bullshit. How can you work for a newspaper and not have resources to locate family members that are originally from the area and went to school and graduated here, owned property here...pay taxes here. The writer then asked me for contact info on the family and wanted to know how they were doing and their thoughts on the testing and wanted to talk with them and ask them questions. Yeah..I am really going to give her that information. Are you joking? I find it heartless, irresponsible and lacking compassion for the family's feelings to find out in the way they did about these articles. BOTH ARTICLES were printed without even notifying the surviving family members. Tell me in a year that you can't be human enough to really try to notify the family? It's all about selling papers and headlines no matter how it affects those directly involved, right? Wonder how Virginia Hennesey would feel if this was her mother and she was the one who found her then to see these articles the way Paula's family found out about them. I am so livid and upset for Paula's family! Right now, I am just praying for the family to help them get through reliving Paula's murder all over again.

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Nov 16, 2009
sagin's probably institutionalized anyway...might as well leave him in prison.....remember "Brooks"
Bob Loblaw

United States

#12 Nov 16, 2009
CMARIE wrote:
I think that former Deputy District Attorney, William McCardle, is alive and well. Who checked this fact?
He is my next-door neighbor. As far as I know, he is still around. I was shocked to read "... the late William McCardle..." Another case of crack reporting from the Herald?
Erin Wennerholm

Monterey, CA

#13 Nov 16, 2009
I would like to know about the fate of William McCardle. He worked for the DA's Office for something like thirty years. He was a legend. Are you saying he's dead? I heard he was in Arizona visiting his grandchildren.
Adam San Jose

Mountain View, CA

#15 Nov 21, 2009
Whats wrong with using the DNA test? makes no sense and looks like Monterey county is hiding something. No I don't remember Brooks. But no one should be in prison for something they did not do. I hope mr sagin proves them wrong and gets everything he has coming to him for the last 25 or so years. I can't believe someone would say he's better off in prison. What if it was your ass in there for something you didn't do I bet you'ed be singing a different song.
LS Santa Clara CA

Mountain View, CA

#16 Nov 21, 2009
this guy sounds like he's being set up. what did the jail house informants get for testifying? lets check? without them they have nothing. this is one of them cases that should be on tv, like the ones I watch everyday. no dna no case. theres a killer or 2 running around and monterey seems not to care?

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Mar 2, 2010
if a jury found him guilty, he must be guilty....right?

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