Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

14/12/2012

Village surgeon who pioneered fingerprints 50 years before they were used by police (but could the Yard have caught Jack the Ripper if they listened to his theory?)

The notorious killer Jack the Ripper might have been caught if police had paid attention to a doctor’s theory about using fingerprints to solve crimes, it emerged today.But the authorities ignored the suggestion of the village surgeon and it was another 50 years before forensic evidence was used for identification purposes. His three-page letter written in 1840 detailing how fingerprints could track down murderers is being auctioned at Sothebys this week. for more click here

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