Sunday, November 29, 2020

Video: Shining Light on the Evidence

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Michael Whyte
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.
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The Smithsonian Channel series: Catching Killers have created an informative video to show how the Night Stalker investigation was blown wide open when – for the first time ever – a laser was used to illuminate latent fingerprints.

 

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