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Fingerprinting is the art of recording and identifying fingerprints. Every fingerprint is said to be unique and immutable. The ridge patterns on fingerprints begin to form during pre-natal life and become fully formed by around the seventh month of fetal life. These patterns only change through acts of scarring or alterations, and by doing that it makes the fingerprint even more individual. This is important in relation to fingerprinting's forensic significance because it offers investigators another piece of individual evidence. By identifying ridge patterns and the overall fingerprint type, investigators can run the print through the IAFIS for possible matches. http://www.policensw.com/info/fingerprints/finger08.html http://forensic-evidence.com/site/ID/ID00004_2.html http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/takingfps.html
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A case where fingerprints were the most vital evidence to apprehending a criminal is the Richard Ramirez case, better known as the Night Stalker case. Ramirez terrorized the Los Angeles area in 1984 and 1985; the more the Night Stalker killed, the more brutal and escalated his actions became. When police were investigating one of the crime scenes, Ramirez would be in a different county committing another satanic act later in the night. Surprisingly, investigators did not find any physical evidence that could be traced back to him. It would remain like this until they lifted a fingerprint from an orange Toyota that Ramirez had stolen. Running the fingerprint through the computers, investigators matched the print to the Night Stalker. They would come to find that the fingerprint was the same one
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