My TV-writing bud Rodney Ho calls that series "Dateline" meets "Starsky & Hutch." Agan hasn't been afforded a series (yet) but his episode features old-school investigating and modern era technology.
The show features Atlanta police trying to crack a string of rapes in the late 1980s in northeast Atlanta near I-85. The rapist gained entry to women’s apartments posing as a handyman and then attacked them. He was so bold he twice returned to women’s homes to attack them again.
“People talk about how murder is the worst (crime) but a rape – and these were in their own homes – terrorizes and victimizes women for the rest of their lives,” Agan said. “It bothered me that we worked our butts off but could never catch the guy.”
Years later, in the 2000s, Agan spoke with Fulton County prosecutor Sheila Ross, who was then heading up a cold case squad. He talked her into re-investigating the string of rapes. Detectives (including Agan's son) were able to find the long forgotten evidence.
The old rape swabbings provided DNA evidence that matched a man being held in a prison in Kentucky on drug charges. In 2014, justice finally came for the numerous long-ago victims. Daniel Wade, who was 64, was convicted and sentenced to six life prison terms plus 140 years.
The story is a heartening tale of victims getting some closure. But, it’s more than that, Agan says.
“This story also is relevant today since it involved the use of rape kits that were 20 plus years old, which means these vital bits of evidence had to have been properly obtained, cataloged, and stored for years before they were pulled from storage and analyzed,” he said. “We had no way of knowing back in the 1980's that a tool as strong as DNA would ever be developed. But it was, and strict adherence to SOP allowed this predator to be identified and prosecuted.”