Fingerprinting has been used by law enforcement agencies for more than a century. See more forensics pictures.
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By Stephanie Watson
A woman has been murdered. When the detectives arrive on the scene, the house is in shambles. Clothes are strewn about the floor, lamps are overturned and there’s no sign of the assailant. Then, one of the detectives picks up a glass. On its side is a smudged, bloodythumbprint. He takes it down to the lab, where it’s analyzed and matched to a recorded set of prints. The detectives catch their killer. Continue reading