In 1997, a woman in Christchurch, New Zealand, was raped in an alleyway. She described the assailant to the police and a man was arrested, but he denied having committed the crime and there was no DNA evidence. The case looked hopeless until an unexpected witness emerged—a flowering wormwood shrub that had been damaged in the struggle. Native to the Mediterranean, it’s an uncommon plant in New Zealand; and when a forensic lab examined the suspect’s jeans, they found a This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Peace & Quiet In the UK, a centuries-old Quaker meeting house encourages quiet reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Free Wheelers On the road with London’s Velociposse Cycling Club.