WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) After 40 years, new DNA techniques helped catch the notorious Golden State Killer who police believe murdered at least 12 people and raped dozens more. His arrest has given hope to the family of a Woodford County woman who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered nearly 30 years ago.
New Year's Eve 1990 is never far from Michael Brooks' mind. That's the night his older sister, Valeri, was working alone at an old Versailles Thornton's when she was kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Hours later, her body was found in the snow on a remote private lane near Nunsuch. She had been tortured and stabbed.
"It was an exceptionally violent death with a knife. That kind of rage doesn't just spring up and disappear forever," said Michael Brooks.
Michael was only 19 when his sister was murdered. He has wondered all these years who the monster was that killed his sister. The news of the Golden State Killer's arrest through DNA ancestry testing gives him hope.
"'When I saw the Golden State killer I immediately thought, how do they do that? Can we get them to do that for Valeri's case?" Michael told LEX 18.
Michael recently wrote the Kentucky Attorney General's Office asking officials to utilize the "same DNA matching technique that recently identified the Golden State Killer."
“What I'm hoping is that by utilizing the ancestry database that broadens the chance of starting to narrow down who it could be," said Michael.
With hope comes frustration, much of it toward Versailles Police.
"'I feel that's something they should do, should have done without me prompting," said Michael.
Versailles Police aren't commenting on the case, but did say that the department has sought and obtained additional DNA testing on evidence from the Valeri Brooks case and another Woodford County cold case.
"As long as those of us who know her are alive, there's a chance of finding out who it was... one of us going to be fighting and figure out who it was," said Michael.
The Kentucky Attorney General's Office said it is reviewing Michael Brooks' request.