Worthington Case on CourtTV Wednesday

Truro Murder and its DNA chase featured at 11 p.m.

By Walter Brooks

Cape Cod gets yet another 15 minutes of fame Wednesday night with the national premiere of a CourtTV show on the Christa Worthington case which also focuses on our DA's ill-fated DNA brouhaha of this more than three-year-old murder.


This lovely young woman's murder on January 4, 2002 is still unsolved

The Worthington murder case is just the sort of story the victim would have enjoyed writing herself. After all, this sophisticated fashion writer quit the fast pace of her Manhattan life only to become the victim of a violent death in her secluded home in a rural backwater. But perhaps as intriguing as the failed murder investigation itself was the repeated attempts to get the males population of Truro to give sample of their DNA despite the logic that no murderer would be willing to do so.

It has become the case which turned every man in Truro into a suspect. So if you want to know the current status of the investigation and see and hear interviews with the Truro Police Chief and Worthingtonâ??s friends and neighbors, turn on channel 27 (in most towns) at 10 p.m.

Murder which rocked a sleepy Cape Cod town

As the Court-TV web site describes tonight's show, "It was the murder that rocked a sleepy Cape Cod fishermanâ??s town and made national headlines. Christa Worthington, a prominent fashion writer and single mother, had given up a glamorous career in Manhattan for the serenity of Truro on Cape Cod. When the 46-year-old was found murdered in her cottage, many residents believed it wouldnâ??t take long to solve the case. Truro hadnâ??t had a murder in 30 years, and the townâ??s full-time population was just two-thousand people, limiting potential suspects. But as police questioned Christaâ??s former lovers, family members and neighbors, they found several tantalizing clues but no solution. "


This is the wanted poster for her murder. You may click on it to see it large enough to read the type.

As Spyro Mitrokostas reported on his Cape Cod Political Blog on cct earlier this  year, " For those of you who have not yet heard, the DA, with the assistance of the local and state police is taking DNA samples from every able-bodied male in Truro, albeit voluntarily. Ostensibly to find the guy who made the last deposit into the victim; not necessarily the killer.

Remember, O'Keefe was first a cop before he became a lawyer, and then a prosecutor. His instincts are sharp but shaped by his first impressionable years in law enforcement. Round up the usual suspects. When that doesn't work, round up the rest of them. It's legal, if you ask nice. "

The show also examines the controversial tactic that pushed the case into the national spotlight like the local police asking all the men of Truro to voluntarily turn over DNA samples in an attempt to solve the baffling mystery.

As Spyro wrote in his blog in January, " Who killed Christa Worthington? Those are not only the words of an incredulous and sorrowful community. Inevitably, they will also be the words of the District Attorney's political opponent two years from now. "

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