Latest from Michael S. Rosenwald

Woodlawn Jane Doe: How scraps of DNA and a genealogy website solved a 45-year-old mystery

To law enforcement agencies, investigative genetic genealogy has led to a windfall of closures of unsolved cases. But privacy and legal ethics experts worry the technique will turn family members into unwitting “genetic informants.”
  • Oct 2, 2021
  • Local

Forty-five years later, Virginia woman identified as the Woodlawn Jane Doe

Using sophisticated DNA analysis connecting the body to relatives, Baltimore County police said the woman found sexually assaulted and badly beaten was an Alexandria woman named Margaret Fetterolf.
  • Sep 15, 2021

They weren’t born yet when their dads died on 9/11. The loss shaped their lives.

The 19-year-olds, born in the weeks and months after the attack, grieve for fathers who never got to hold them or watch them grow up.
  • Sep 7, 2021

Three people shot, including a student, on Towson University campus, police and school officials say

None of the injuries were life-threatening, university officials said. The shooting occurred as a group of people were gathered on campus.
  • Sep 4, 2021

After 9/11, Kenneth Feinberg was asked to do the unthinkable: Assign a value to each life lost that day

As special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Feinberg presided over an unprecedented, unlimited budget to repay families what couldn't be repaid.
  • Sep 3, 2021

Operation Babylift: A frantic Saigon rescue effort is echoed in Kabul’s chaos

On April 4, 1975, a plane carrying more than 200 Vietnamese orphans crashed. More than 130 people were killed in the crash, including 78 children.
  • Aug 29, 2021

14-year-old boy charged with murder after a shooting on a Maryland basketball court

One person died when four were shot Wednesday night on an outdoor court at a Germantown recreation center.
  • Aug 19, 2021

Three years after WWII ended, Japan was still technically an enemy — and banned from the London Games

Without an official peace agreement signed, British officials banned Japan and Germany from attending the 1948 Olympics in bombed out London.
  • Jul 23, 2021

Prince Harry wasn’t the first royal to struggle with drinking, drugs and depression. Princess Margaret did, too.

Prince Harry's great-aunt, Princess Margaret, who also lost a parent early in life, had almost zero chance of claiming the throne, and pursued a love interest who wasn’t apropos of royal tradition, drank too much and may have attempted suicide with sedatives.
  • May 26, 2021
  • Local

How UFO sightings went from joke to national security worry in Washington

The director of national intelligence is expected to unveil an unclassified report next month on everything government agencies know about UFOs, including scores of unusual sightings by military pilots.
  • May 23, 2021