Now the mystery has finally been solved by a piece of DNA detective work by a retired military doctor from the US Army and forensic scientists from Austria. They conclude that the prisoner known as Spandau 7 was indeed the Nazi criminal Rudolf Hess. Hess has continued to generate historical interest. During his incarceration in Spandau, Hess was monitored and cared for as was any other prisoner.
In , a blood sample was taken from Hess by a US army doctor, Phillip Pittman, as part of a routine health check. A pathologist, Rick Wahl, mounted some of the blood on a microscope slide to perform a cell count. In the mids, another US military doctor, Sherman McCall, was resident at the army hospital when he heard about the blood sample.
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Now they had to find a living male relative of Rudolf Hess to make a comparison. They got in touch with David Irving, a discredited British historian who has denied the Holocaust took place. Tracking down living Hess relatives took yet more time. The forensic DNA analysis centred on the Y chromosome, which is inherited only down the male line, and on a range of genetic markers across other parts of the genome. The male relative and another member of the Hess family have seen and approved of the publication of the DNA results, but do not want to take part in any further discussion of the findings.
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