Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alphonse Bertillon and the Identity of Criminals

Alphonse Bertillon was a French forensic documentarian who developed or improved upon several methods of identifying criminals and solving crimes. Some of those methods, such as the mug shot, are still in use today, while others, particularly anthropometry, were abandoned over time in favor of more accurate methods. Bertillon is considered by many to be the first forensic expert. Read about Bertillon and his techniques in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

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