Tag Archives | forensics

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New Research on Fingerprinting

Did you hear about the new technological development in fingerprinting analysis? Fingerprints are extremely helpful for solving crimes, and that’s often the reason I research and write about them — both in my books and here on my blog.  For example, in Get Back Jack, FBI Special Agent Kim Otto notices, “Fingerprint residue blackened the […]

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Fingerprint

My Friend Has No Fingerprints?!?

“Sorry, ma’am. You have no fingerprints.” So my friend went to apply for TSA (Transportation Security Administration) pre-check status, and she told me about something strange that happened. The agent working there informed her that she doesn’t have fingerprints on one hand. ?!?!???? He said she probably washes her hands too much. ?!?!???? That was […]

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David Camm

True Crime: Sweatshirt DNA Releases Father of Family Murders

As a mystery and thriller writer, my books require extensive research on DNA. DNA is so packed with data that it’s no surprise DNA has been the key to solving countless mysteries. But DNA isn’t always the whole story, is it? And you know I’m interested in justice, because of my background as a lawyer, and as a human […]

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Fingerprints

The Fingerprint Beneath Your Fingerprint

Fingerprints are far from foolproof. When it comes to evidence, when it comes to self-locking and unlocking devices, when it comes to having prints taken for official purposes… and everything else fingerprints are used for in this day and age, a dirty or fake fingerprint can throw off the whole process. But there’s a kind […]

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Mystery Humor

How Food Can Help Solve Mysteries

Today is National Food Day, and October is Mystery Month. So, the overlap had me wondering: what are the most mysterious foods? Clearly, cereal is one of them. I’m kidding, of course. It does turn out, though, that there are plenty of connections between food and forensics.  For example, a scientist named Alison Davidson is […]

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Fingerprint

Revealing Fingerprints

109 years ago today, for the first time ever, fingerprint evidence was used in a high-profile murder case. A pair of shopkeepers in London — Thomas and Ann Farrow — were found beaten to death. Scotland Yard detected the motive to be robbery. By examining the Farrows’ cash box, they were able to pick out […]

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