Fingerprint evidence, 1905 murder case

Fingerprint evidence, 1905 murder case

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Caption: Fingerprint evidence from the 1905 Deptford Mask Murder Case. Alfred Stratton and his brother Albert were the first men in Britain to be convicted on the basis of fingerprint evidence. Following the murder of art shop manager Thomas Farrow, Albert was connected with the murder scene due to a fingerprint left on the shop's cash box (top) which matched his own (bottom). The brothers were found guilty of murder and hanged. After the early successes of fingerprint analysis in forensic science, it was thought to be infallible. However, more recently the uniqueness of fingerprints and accuracy of analysis have been questioned. This image is taken from Henry Faulds's Guide to Finger-print Identification, 1905.

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