Fingerprints and Talking Bones: How Real-Life Crimes Are Solved

Fingerprints and Talking Bones: How Real-Life Crimes Are Solved


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Can a skeleton confess? Can a talking parrot actually lead the police to a suspect?

Throughout the twentieth century, important crimes have been solved with unusual clues that have required detectives to go off the beaten track and sometimes to consult with experts from scientific fields. Charlotte Foltz Jones has drawn together numerous actual accounts that illustrate the fascinatingly diverse and often surprising paths to truth. Bugs, dirt, bite marks, and even pets are all potential crime-solving clues. This page-turning book is perfect for detectives-to-be, young scientists, and all those interested in a peek at the police work that goes on behind the scenes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440413189
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/09/1999
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 7.57(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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In a 1942 case, a man robbed and killed the owner of the Green Parrot Bar in New York City. Police questioned witnesses and looked for clues, but they couldn't solve the murder. The green parrot that lived at the bar kept saving, "Robber, robber, robber!" Everyone assumed the bird was repeating the owner's last words.

The parrot could say the names of the bar's regular customers, so one of the detectives decided to teach the parrot to say his name. He worked with the parrot for weeks before the bird could say his name. Suddenly the detective realized that the bird wouldn't be able to say "robber" after hearing the bar owner say it only once. Maybe the bird hadn't been saying, "Robber, robber, robber." What sounded similar? Perhaps "Robert"?

The detective discovered that one of the regular patrons had left town soon after the murder--and his name was Robert. The man was arrested in Baltimore, Maryland, and convicted of the murder. The story goes that when he was arrested, he said, "I never did like that bird."

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