Fingerprints by Colin Beavan
The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science

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The fascinating story of a scientific breakthrough that solved one of the most brutal murders in Englands history and forever changed the criminal justice system. Fingerprints is the dramatic human story of how technology found its way into the criminal justice system, of one brilliant, flawed mans struggle to retain rightful credit for his discovery, and of a confoundingly difficult murder case. Impeccably researched and dramatically told, it traces fingerprinting to its present-day applications and illustrates why the unique tracks we leave with our fingers continue to be one of the most important means of identifying criminals.
 

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Colin Beavan is the author of "Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science," He has written for "Esquire," the "Atlantic Monthly, Mens Journal, Wired," and many other national magazines.
 
Published May 9, 2001 by Hyperion. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Faulds, a Scottish missionary working in Japan who had observed how the Japanese used fingerprints to mark pottery, was the first to suggest fingerprinting as a method of criminal identification, proposing many of the elements of a fingerprint system in an 1880 issue of the prestigious British sc...

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