Suzanna Ryan, MS, D-ABC, is a former forensic DNA analyst and forensic DNA Technical leader with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of Forensic Serology and DNA Analysis. In this video, she’s interviewed by Nick Rishwain, Vice President of Client Relations for Experts.com.
Ms. Ryan has appeared as a forensic DNA expert on the History Channel’s “Hunt for the Zodiac Killer” which aired in late 2017. Ms. Ryan and the show’s zodiac hunters were granted exclusive access to evidence collected at the Cheri Jo Bates homicide scene. Suzanna used the M-Vac Wet Vacuum system on the evidence items which was shown during episode 2 of the 5-part series.
Suzanna Ryan appeared on Episode 3 of Marcia Clark’s new show “Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48 Hours” to discuss the potential use of the M-Vac Wet Vacuum DNA Collection system on clothing items collected from Rock Creek Park where Chandra Levy’s body was found a year after her disappearance.
Suzanna reviewed the DNA casefile associated with the Kenneth Clair case for the producers of the Starz show “Wrong Man” and came to the conclusion that very little testing had been conducted, yet many items from the crime scene that had been collected and are currently housed in the evidence section should be tested to determine if convicted killer Clair’s DNA is present – or if someone else’s DNA might be detected.
Suzanna performed DNA testing on several bones located in a remote location in Utah to determine if they might be the bones of notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy as part of the Travel Channel’s “Mission Declassified” series.
Cold cases are a major problem as they are a recurring drain on the resources of our law enforcement agencies and they prevent victims and their families from getting closure. Using the M-Vac System can help to solve many of these cases by collecting DNA material where previous methods were unable to do so.
AISOCC President and Detective Kenneth Mains, along with Forensic DNA Expert Suzanna Ryan, discuss how the M-Vac can help change the outcomes of some of the latest cold cases and how investigators should approach using the M-Vac System.
Suzanna Ryan, along with five other forensic experts including Dr. Peter Gill, Dr. Moses Schanfeld, Dr. Brent Turvey, and Mr. George Schiro, prepared a report to discuss some of the forensic errors observed in a review of DNA testing and testimony in the Daniel Holtzclaw case. In January of 2018, Ms. Ryan met with Michelle Malkin in her laboratory, Ryan Forensic/Advanced Serology Laboratory, LLC and appeared on Michelle Malkin Investigates to explain the testing that could have been conducted in the case, but was not.
Ms. Ryan appeared as a subject matter expert in Episode 3 (“Left for Dead”) and Episode 4 (“The Murdered Bride) of HLN’s new true crime show “Beyond Reasonable Doubt”.
Suzanna was asked to review the DNA testing results obtained from various laboratories as part of the investigation into the killing of three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas in 1993. These murders resulted in the convictions of the infamous “West Memphis Three”, three teenagers convicted of the crime who have since been released from prison after taking Alford Pleas. Ms. Ryan demonstrated the use of the M-Vac at Pure Gold Forensics and discussed the evidence that had been collected and tested in the case thus far.
America’s fascination with the TV crime show has spilled over into the courtroom. Today, Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys are faced with juries expecting, almost demanding some type of cool new scientific evidence. However, Hollywood and reality share little in common when it comes to crime scene investigations. Not every crime scene will produce some type of evidence that can be analyzed. Not every crime lab has the “wiz-bang’ gadgets shown on TV. In fact, few if any do. This week we will discuss the myths, realities, and limitations of DNA evidence. We will also talk about the future of DNA processing and what new information can be revealed about a person just through DNA