Analysis Of The Book ' Crime Scene '

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LaShay Robbins
Crime Scene
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Latent Prints
History of Identification and Analysis
Fingerprints have been used as a means of identification around the world for as early as 300 B.C. in China, 702 A.D. in Japan and introduced in the United States in around 1902 (Fingerprint sourcebook). A document called the “The Volume of Crime Investigation-Burglary,” describing the use of handprints as evidence originated in China. Back then, fingerprints were also used to seal documents and assign authorship (fingerprint sourcebook).
While Sir William James Herschel is known as the first person to do a study on the persistence of friction ridge skin, Henry Fauld recognized the value of friction ridges as evidence at a crime scene. Later, through his own studies Sir Francis Galton, was able to support the uniqueness of friction ridges and wrote the first book on fingerprints, defining and naming the details that make up friction ridges. In 1891, Frenchman Rene` Forgeot introduced his thesis stating that powders and chemicals could be used to identify individuals that were present at a crime scene. Around the same time, Juan Vucetich, who worked for the Central Police Department in Argentina created a fingerprint classification system to identify prisoners which became the first time this type of fingerprint technique was used by law enforcement (Fingerprint sourcebook).
By the 1900s the Belper Committee began to make strides towards an organized system for fingerprints by…

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