1960 Starved Rock Murders:  DNA Technology May Exonerate Chester Weger


The murders of Lillian Oetting, 50, Frances Murphy, 47, and Mildred Linquist, 50, in 1960 at the Starved Rock National Park in Illinois shocked the nation.

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 Weger was convicted only for the killing of Lillian Oetting.

Hale expressed disbelief at the numerous inconsistencies he found in the case, emphasizing that Weger, who was 21 at the time of the killings, is “100%” innocent. 

The attorney has been meticulously scrutinizing the original police investigation and subsequent discoveries, highlighting discrepancies and raising doubts.

New Hope with DNA Technology

Hale revealed that cutting-edge genetic genealogical testing developed by the Othram lab in Texas could be the breakthrough needed to clear Weger’s name definitively. 

This new technology, previously instrumental in the Bryan Kohberger Idaho murder case, is now focused on examining a strand of hair found at the crime scene. The hope is that this DNA testing will either confirm or refute Weger’s involvement in the murders.

Previous tests ruled out Weger as the source of a strand of hair found at the crime. This was the only physical evidence the killer left behind a single strand of male hair.