Fingerprints: Dead People Do Tell Tales

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No two people in the world—not even identical twins—have the same fingerprints. For this reason, detectives and forensic scientists have been using fingerprint evidence to catch criminals for more than one hundred years. Find out the techniques scientists use to collect fingerprints and to identify criminals with these fascinating stories about how fingerprints helped solve crimes!

Chana Stiefel is a science writer who has written a wide variety of books for kids. She has an MA ...

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Overview

No two people in the world—not even identical twins—have the same fingerprints. For this reason, detectives and forensic scientists have been using fingerprint evidence to catch criminals for more than one hundred years. Find out the techniques scientists use to collect fingerprints and to identify criminals with these fascinating stories about how fingerprints helped solve crimes!

Chana Stiefel is a science writer who has written a wide variety of books for kids. She has an MA in Journalism, with a specialization in Science and Environmental Reporting, from New York University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children, who leave Lots of fingerprints around the house!

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Using actual cases as frameworks, these volumes focus on different types of crime evidence, providing information about the history of the cases, the development of modern forensic techniques, technical procedures, and relevant specialized careers. Trace is an overview for most of the series, covering fingerprints, blood and DNA analysis, gunshot residue, and other topics that are examined in more detail in the other titles. Cybercrime stands a little apart from the other books since it surveys the history of electronic crimes from phone phreaking to Internet piracy. Though the general focus is on crimes against humans, DNA includes a chapter on "Wildlife Forensics" and the trade in elephant ivory and other illegal animal products. Each volume is illustrated with decorative (if not always informative) color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598453645
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: True Forensic Crime Stories Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Leaving a Trail 7

Chapter 1 The Wild Will West Story: What are fingerprints and what makes them unique? 9

Chapter 2 On the Record: How fingerprints became instant ID 23

Chapter 3 The Hunt: How do experts locate and lift prints? 37

Chapter 4 You Can Run, But You Can't Hide: How fingerprints catch up with criminals 49

Chapter 5 Fudging Fingerprints: How criminals go to extremes to hide their prints 59

Chapter 6 Fingerprints Flaws: When innocent people are sent to jail 69

Chapter 7 Instant ID: The future of fingerprints 87

Afterword: The System at Work 93

Chapter Notes 96

Glossary 99

Futher Reading 100

Index 102

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