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Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science
Colin Beavan (au)
Prior to the 20th century, there was no reliable way to distinguish between the guilty & the innocent. All that changed in Britain in 1905, when the bodies of an elderly couple were discovered. A solitary fingerprint was the only piece of evidence. For 15 years, Henry Faulds had been trying to convince Scotland Yard to adopt his system of ID. But when an elite scientist stumbled across Fauldsís idea & claimed it as his own, his lofty status convinced Scotland Yard to prosecute its first murder case using fingerprint evidence. This is the human story of how tech. found its way into the crim. just. system & of one manís struggle to retain credit for his discovery. Illustrates why fingerprints continue to be one of the most important means of identifying criminals. Illustrations.
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