Pater Josef Toufar

Identification of the skeletal remains of the Czech communist regime crime victim, priest Josef Toufar

Identification of the skeletal remains of the Czech communist regime crime victim, priest Josef Toufar

Abstract:

Parish priest Josef Toufar died as a direct consequence of torture committed by Communist State Security Service agents, forcing him to confess that “miraculous” movement of crucifix above the main altar during the Holy Mass held in the Roman-Catholic church in Číhošť was staged by using a technical equipment. Josef Toufar was presumably buried in a mass grave at the cemetery in Prague-Ďáblice under a false name Josef Zouhar. In 2013 the Czech Bishops’ Conference grant an approval to begin the process of his beatification. However, the beatification required the exhumation and identification of the remains.

In this case report, we describe the process of searching, exhumation, and the combined A-STR/Y-STR DNA analysis of remains of Pater Josef Toufar. His identification was feasible due to kinship analysis: buccal swabs of three family members (niece, grand-niece, and grand-nephew) were available for testing.

Citation:

  • Pexa, T., Krajsa, J., Šaňková, M., Velemínský, P., Havrda, J., Kotrlý, T. and Drábek, J. (2018). Identification of the skeletal remains of the Czech communist regime crime victim, priest Josef Toufar. Forensic Science International, in press, in press.

Source Link:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073818303803

Keywords

Peoples: - | Places: Číhošť | Topics: Josef Toufar and Josef Zouhar | DNA Type: Autosomal DNA and Y-DNA

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