SCIENCE CATCHES THE CRIMINAL by Wyatt Blassingame

SCIENCE CATCHES THE CRIMINAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Blassingame's report on forensic science is less a technical explanation of how the study of fingerprints, bullets, bloodstains, etc. can catch criminals than a series of true stories in which these methods of detection figure. Among the perpetrators described here in dramatic sketches are the distinguished gentleman twice imprisoned for the crimes of his female-conning double, two identical Willie Wests who turned up in the same prison and could be told apart only by the then new practice of fingerprinting, the murderer betrayed by the rare type AB saliva on his cigarette butts, and the repulsive, glittery-eyed husband who killed three different wives in their bathtubs and was found out by the ""scalpel of Scotland Yard"" in the case that British newspapers referred to as the ""Brides in the Bath."" Blassingame plays the mysteries and uncertainties for all they are worth and succeeds in making the anecdotes more fascinating than fiction.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Dodd, Mead