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Page 1: Impression Analysis. Impressions can be individualized for forensic purposes. Types of impressions: fabric prints, shoe impressions, tire impressions.

Impression Analysis

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Impression Analysis

• Impressions can be individualized for forensic purposes.

• Types of impressions: fabric prints, shoe impressions, tire impressions & tool marks

• No two things are precisely identical & that forensic comparison involves matching features of questioned & unidentified specimen with known standards

Page 3: Impression Analysis. Impressions can be individualized for forensic purposes. Types of impressions: fabric prints, shoe impressions, tire impressions.

Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Fabric prints are sometimes encountered by the fingerprint expert in the form of glove impressions.

• With use, gloves become contaminated with substances such as dirt, grease, oils & even sweat that enable them to leave their imprints, either latent or visible.

• They may also leave plastic impressions in materials like putty

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Cloth gloves may have snags, tears, or holes that make them distinctive along with imperfections in the weave pattern or other identifiable characteristics.

• Leather gloves may have wrinkle or crease formations where they do not fit properly or they may exhibit surface cracks, tears or other imperfections or characteristics to individualize them

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Developing glove prints requires special care because they are typically less strong than fingerprints & may be destroyed by use of too much powder.

• They should first be searched with the aid of a flashlight, laser or other light source & then developed with sparing use of powder.

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Rather than lifting the print, the object on which it is found should, if possible, be taken to the lab for direct comparison with a suspect’s gloves.

• Comparison prints from the gloves of a suspect are best made on glass which is generally the most convenient even when the original prints are on furniture.

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Clear prints may be difficult to make, but results may be improved by breathing slightly on the surface of the glove’s finger.

• Other types of fabric impressions may be found at the scene of a crime under certain circumstances such as hit & run accident: fabric impressions from victim may be left in dust on assault vehicle’s bumper, grille, fender or other area.

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• Whether latent, visible, or plastic, fabric prints should be treated in the manner recommended for glove prints.

• In photographing them, the camera should be at right angles to the surface to avoid distortions

• Lifting these prints may be accomplished with sheets of lifting material like that used for fingerprints.

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Impression Analysis – Fabric Prints

• New procedure: portable electrostatic device operating on principle similar to static charge on comb to lift paper; used in recovering faint prints on colored surfaces

• Fabric impressions may show sufficient class characteristics to demonstrate a garment could have made the print or may exhibit individual characteristics from wear/damage so examiner can conclude the garment did leave impression

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• Shoe prints & tire prints are left in much the same way as fabric impressions & other types.

• The shoe or tire becomes contaminated with some substance such as blood, oil, or dust & a latent or visible print is left; alternatively, the print may be a plastic or 3-D one, pressed into mud for example

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• Latent shoe prints are searched for & developed in much the same way as glove & other fabric prints.

• Whenever impression is made by dust or other powdered material, the procedure is first to photograph it (oblique lighting helpful) & then lift it in manner suggested for fabric prints by using sheets of lifting material or by electrostatic technique.

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• Comparison footprints may be made by coating the soles with water-based ink applied from a large ink pad; the shoes are then stepped onto an acetate sheet or a sheet of tracing paper.

• When the contaminating substance is blood, it may be developed by spraying it with luminol which results in a faintly glowing print observed in darkness

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• When either a shoe or tire impression has been left in some moldable substance like clay or snow, it’s first photographed from directly above to avoid distortion & then cast with plaster of paris or dental stone.

• With snow imprints, a special Snow Print Wax is used instead. Before plaster or dental stone hardens, identifying information is scratched into the surface

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• FBI maintains a vast file of both shoe (sole & heel) patterns & tire-tread designs for such identifications

• Example: O.J. Simpson’s size 12 Bruno Magli shoes – designer footwear both expensive and rare – left bloody shoe prints at crime scene that matched his shoes

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• Tire tread impressions are almost as useful as shoe prints. There are thousands of tread designs & every tire wears differently or picks up debris from the road making it unique & identifiable.

• Each tire on the vehicle can be unique as no two tires wear the same way

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• Dimensions may not exactly match due to stretching of imprint from motion, distortion due to pressure, shrinkage by drying of earth or clay or other factors.

• What is important is that there be discovered points of comparison (various nicks, scratches & other effects of wear) sufficient to effect a match.

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Impression Analysis Shoe & Tire Impressions

• For presentation of the evidence at trial, photographs of questioned & known prints are placed side by side with characteristic points marked & numbered rather like the minutiae of fingerprints.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Tool mark examinations may have begun in Europe around turn of century. They became common in US in 1930s following successful use of comparison microscope for matching striations on bullets & firing-pin impression parks on shell casings.

• Methodology used for firearm examination is fundamentally the same for toolmark comparison

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Comparisons made by demonstrating tool mark produced by a given chisel distinct from marks produced by any other chisels.

• Basis of tool-mark comparisons is that implements used for cutting metal or prying apart objects develop nicks on edges with use & produce pattern of striations during cutting or prying process & is distinctive for a given tool.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Comparison microscope technique similar to bullet comparison is used. Science involved is called “comparative micrography”.

• Cutting tools present a special problem since cutting blade is long in comparison to cut region of item involved. Examiner will want to avoid making numerous cuts in order to find the cutting region.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• One way to accomplish this is to use chemical spot tests to identify traces of cut material on tool’s blade.

• To make striation comparisons, tool mark area is placed under one barrel of comparison microscope & the cut or scraped area of test plate is placed under the other.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• There may be some differences due to bending of metal during cutting or application of uneven pressure or other factors

• Some tools may leave an indentation or impression that is similar to a firing pin mark on a shell case. A hammer blow would represent this type of mark as would indentations caused by a pair of pliers

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• The comparison microscope is sued to compare outer shape of impressions as well as surface scratches, nicks, pits or other defects.

• This is another procedure of comparative micrography. There may even be a combination of marks, both striations & indentations.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Comparative micrography techniques may be employed in matching a piece of broken metal or other material and the piece it was broken from: auto accident.

• Comparison micrography may reveal tool impressions at a series of burglaries were caused by the same tool, thereby linking the crimes.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Once tool marks are discovered, they must be protected until they can be photographed & their locations indicated on the crime-scene sketch.

• Two photos are required: one showing the mark in its context, the other a close-up photograph to reveal the minute details.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• When warranted & practical, structure bearing tool mark is removed. Otherwise, a cast or mold may be made with plasticine or modeling clay.

• In no event should the investigator place a tool against a tool mark for size evaluations as it may lead to accidental destruction of evidence.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• When submitting a tool to the crime lab for examination, actual tool should be used; making of test impression/cuts are functions of qualified technicians.

• Series of test marks should be made, applying suspected implement of varying angles & pressures to lead plate. It increases likelihood of duplicating details of original mark.

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Impression Analysis - Tool Marks

• Comparative micrography of tool marks was employed to trace the ladder used in the Lindbergh kidnapping case.

• This case gave prominence to the science of tool-mark comparisons in much the same way that the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre did for firearms identification.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Night of March 1, 1932: 9 pm, mother looked in on baby – he was sleeping in crib. 50 minutes later, nurse discovered him missing.

• Colonel Lindbergh found nothing more than a ladder lying beneath the nursery window.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Clues police found: ladder homemade built in three sections for easy carrying. Upper rung broken due to kidnapper’s weight.

• On upstairs window sill was envelope with ransom note, no fingerprints found.

• Profile of kidnapper emerging. Ransom note indicated a man of poor education, almost certainly of German origin.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Soon several lines of inquiry pointed to the Bronx.

• Friend & public school principal, John F. Condon offered reward in newspaper and received unexpected reply.

• Condon placed an ad as requested by the kidnapper, signing himself “Jafsie” from the pronunciation of his initials.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Jafsie received phone call arranging meeting

• Exchange of money box for note claiming baby being held off Martha’s Vineyard on a boat named Nelly. Lindbergh flew there & searched for two days.

• May 12th, decomposing body of a child was found in woods near Lindbergh home.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• It was the Lindbergh baby which reported died from head injury possibly suffered in kidnapper’s fall from ladder.

• Forensic review many years later revealed no skull fracture or brain injury but baby was probably smothered at time of kidnapping to keep him from crying & alerting family or nurse in nearby rooms.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Although Lindbergh refused to allow money to be marked, police had secretly recorded serial numbers & banks were alerted to look for the bills.

• In 1933 US abandoned gold standard & required people to turn in old bills before May 1st. Not long before deadline, a man signing himself as J.J. Faulkner redeemed $2,990 of ransom money.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• He went to the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan. Bank was too busy to recall what the man looked like.

• A Bronx service station attendant wrote down license plate of 1930 Dodge sedan on back of ten-dollar gold certificate. 3 days later, bank teller recognized it as one of ransom bills with plate number on back

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• It was registered to Richard Hauptmann. Police infiltrated neighborhood and worked through the night to gather information on Hauptmann to make decision to maintain surveillance or arrest him.

• September 19, 1934 he was arrested for fear he may escape. He had ransom money in his pocket.

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• Money was found in his garage.• Handwriting samples from suspect were

matched to writing on ransom notes.• It was confirmed many times over by

handwriting experts & is still used in training examiners of questioned documents

• The ladder finished off the rest of evidence needed

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Case Study: Lindbergh Kidnapping

• On February 13, Hauptmann was convicted & sentenced to die in electric chair. His petition for clemency was rejected & execution was set for January 17th. Various postponements extended it to April 3rd where he was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m. He protested his innocence to the end even though the governor promised him he could save his life by telling the truth.