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Michael Whyte

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Crime Scene Officer and Fingerprint Expert with over 7 years experience in Crime Scene Investigation and Latent Print Analysis. The opinions or assertions contained on this site are the private views of the author and are not to be construed as those of any professional organisation or policing body.

New steam technology beats luminol at detecting blood at crime scenes

In films or television police procedurals, the detectives go in, spray up a crime scene with luminol, and sometimes bring over a black light....

Court: Fingerprints alone don’t prove possession of a firearm

Fingerprints found on a weapon should not have automatically led to the conviction of a felon for illegally being in possession of a firearm,...

Forensic Experts Outperform Computer Algorithms On Facial Recognition Tests

The photo ID, whether a driver’s license or a passport, is the most prevalent form of "proof" around the world, so facial recognition skills are crucial...

Thai police: Suspect’s prints match those on bomb material

Thai police said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at Thailand's border with Cambodia match those found on a bottle containing...

Bacteria on shoes could help forensic teams catch suspects

Prospective criminals should take note: bacteria are everywhere. A small pilot study has shown that the germs on personal belongings such as shoes and mobile phones...

Forensic Fails: The Shirley McKie Fingerprint Scandal

In light of the recent FBI hair analysis outrage, it seemed appropriate to revisit an old classic in the history of failing forensic science. The...

A burglary by the sea… How to successfully develop fingerprints exposed to sea spray

There are a number of fingerprint development techniques that can be used to develop and enhance latent fingerprints on a variety of surfaces, whether...

FBI Admits Flaws in Hair Analysis Over Two Decades

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all...

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting,...

FBI announces review of 2,000 cases featuring hair samples

The FBI will review thousands of old cases, including some involving the death penalty, in which hair samples helped secure convictions, under an ambitious...

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Trees and shrubs might reveal the location of decomposing bodies

Plants could help investigators find dead bodies. Botanists believe the sudden flush of nutrients into the soil from decomposition may affect nearby foliage. If...

Are Detectives discounting the associative value of fingerprints that fall short of an identification in their investigations?

Every day, Fingerprint Experts in every latent office across the globe examine fingermarks that they determine to fall short of an identification....

Using the NCIC Bayesian Network to improve your AFIS searches

This National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) Bayesian network is based on the statistical data of general patterns of fingerprints on the hands...

DNA decontamination of fingerprint brushes

Using fingerprint brushes across multiple crime scenes yields a high risk of DNA cross-contamination. Thankfully an Australian study has discovered a quick and easy way to safely decontaminate fingerprint brushes to prevent this contamination risk and allows the brushes to be safely reused even after multiple cleaning cycles.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography

Adhesive tape is a common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case...
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