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
Published April 13, 1963 A city police commissioner poses with an IBM 1401 computer, showcasing its fingerprint analysis results The same computer is featured in this video produced by IBM, highlighting its ability to use data entered by punchcards to pinpoint areas with higher crime rates, allowing police to focus patrols in those areas.
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)
September 16, 1930 Los Angeles, California This vintage forensics photograph shows the detail of a fingerprint on a gun