England

The first conviction in UK based on fingerprint evidence

May 5, 1905 London, England The Stratton brothers' trial begins, known today as the first defendants convicted in Great Britain based on fingerprint evidence Albert and Alfred Stratton, wearing masks made of woolen stockings (pictured), somehow convinced store owner Thomas Farrow (71) to let them in, demonstrated in court by the lack of any forced… Continue reading The first conviction in UK based on fingerprint evidence

Massachusetts

Doctor murdered, dismembered over debt (1849)

November 23, 1849 Harvard, Massachusetts Dr. George Parkman is murdered and dismembered by Professor John White Webster Parkman had lent Webster a considerable sum of money in 1842, and was taking his time repaying, accumulating a large amount of interest. In 1849 he borrowed some money from another lender, using the same collateral he had… Continue reading Doctor murdered, dismembered over debt (1849)