Chapter 1.2: Brief History of Forensics Science
Forensic science can be briefly defined as the application of scientific methods and principles
to the investigation of crimes and criminals. In fact, the word forensic derives from the same Latin
Dactyloscopy is the study of fingerprints
Police investigators are experts in collecting dactylograms otherwise
known as fingerprints
In ancient Babylon (1792-1750 BC), fingerprints pressed into clay
Chapter 6 FINGERPRINTS
1. What is a fingerprint?
a. All fingers, toes, feet and palms are covered in
small ridges, which are arranged in connected units
called dermal or friction ridges. Natural secretions
plus dirt create a print when we touch things.
Chapter 1: Observations
1. Explain the importance of a crime-scene investigator possessing the abilities to observe,
interpret, and report observations clearly.
The importance of investigators being able to observe and document clearly and correctly is
Instruments of Murder Quiz
1. What is the earliest written account of forensic science being used to identify a murder
Flies landed in blood in 1235 China.
2. What chemical does the Marsh test indicate the presence of and why was the
In the spring of 1974 a serial killer was on the loose in the NorthWest united
Young women were disappearing from college campuses at the rate of one
Soon after each disappearance the woman was found bludgeoned an
An Introduction to
The Science of
James T. Spencer, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science
Introduction, Historic development and
Legal Roles in Forensic Science
1. Will someones observational skills be affected if he or she is listening to
music while making the observation?
2. If a person is listening to music, then their observation skills will be altered
3. A. Materials needed: