I am Chelsea Rustad, genetic witness to the first case in history to ever go to trial and achieve a conviction via investigative genetic genealogy. My DNA identified my second cousin William Earl Talbott II as the perp of a 1987 double homicide co...
My name is Chelsea Rustad and I am a genetic witness. In 2015, I won an AncestryDNA kit in a Facebook contest. In 2018, two investigators knocked on my door and I learned that my second cousin William Earl Talbott II had been arrested as the suspect of a double homicide cold case from 1987. He was identified using my DNA via a breakthrough technique called genetic genealogy, and in 2019 was found guilty in the murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. I attended the sentencing in support of the victims' families, and wrote a memoir about my experiences entitled "Inherited Secrets". Ask me anything.