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EP 04 | Break the Case: Advancements in DNA Could Help Solve Debbie Williamson’s Case

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This is the fourth episode in a podcast series following the investigation into the unsolved murder of Debbie Sue Williamson. Listen to the first episode.

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The Bardole Method is a revolutionary DNA technique that can separate forensic material from small pieces of evidence.

A key step in solving many cold cases is the processing of old evidence using new technology. In this episode, AMU professor and private investigator Jen Bucholtz interviews Francine Bardole, who has perfected a new and revolutionary DNA extraction technique called the Bardole Method. Learn how this technique separates and isolates forensic material from small pieces of evidence such as fingernail clippings, jewelry, and clothing. During this interview, Francine also discusses her 30+ years of law enforcement experience including working as a crime scene technician, the chain of custody of her DNA lab, and how the Bardole Method has been successfully used to extract DNA in cold cases, leading to arrests and convictions.

Will the Bardole Method lead to the identification of Debbie’s killer?

Anyone who has information about Debbie Williamson’s murder is asked to please report tips to the Lubbock Police Department at 806-775-1425 or 806-300-6490.

Tips may be sent to Anyone reporting tips is assured confidentiality. 

If you’d like to be a part of the effort and follow along, join the Facebook group dedicated to getting justice for Debbie, Unsolved Murder of Deborah Sue Williamson (Deborah Agnew).

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Listen to Episode 05: What Type of Knife Was Used to Kill Debbie Sue Williamson?

Jennifer Bucholtz is faculty at American Military University. She is a former U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent and a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She holds a BS in criminal justice, MA in criminal justice and MS in forensic sciences. She worked for the Arizona DOC and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in NYC.

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