Fun Forensic Facts!
By: Hilary Rodela, Lead Digital Content Writer for Taction USA
For those of us in the forensic field, it is more than a job it is a passion! When you are passionate about a something you want to learn all you can about it. Here is a quick look at a few fun facts about forensics and crime scene investigation!
Glitter can be traced! Since glitter is made a particular way and often has specific, unique colors, it can be traced back to a manufacturer.
2. The first (portable) ALS was developed in 1980.
3. You can lift a fingerprint successfully using clear school glue. In place a of a gel lift, you can apply clear school glue to a dusted latent print. (It works, I’ve done it!)
4. The taxonomy of blood spatter is so refined, if you are trained in it, you can read blood spatter
like a book.
5. There are over 600 shoe impressions or prints in the national database.
6. In order to hold up in court, you need at least 12 points of minutia on a latent fingerprint that match a known print.
7. Though print comparison software is elite and often accurate, it does not replace the human eye.
8. The toe tag may have been invented by ancient Egyptians.
9. Forensic science began to make its’ mark on cases in the 1800s.
10. There are over 14,000 criminal investigators in the US.