Deceased Paternity Testing
In a bizarre twist, the family of dead abductor James DiMaggio would like to get a paternity test to see if he is the father of one of the children he abducted. This comes after it was discovered that the beneficiary of DiMaggio’s $112,000 life insurance policy was left in the care of the child’s grandmother.
DiMaggio was killed by FBI six days after he had abducted the child and killed her mother and brother by setting their house on fire. He had been a friend of the family for a number of years.
In order to test paternity when someone is deceased, you need a blood spot card. Blood spot cards need to be requested from the coroner at the time of death. This preserves the blood of the deceased and dried samples can easily be shipped to labs for later testing.