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Monday, March 24, 2003
BREAKING NEWz you can
compiled by Jon Stimac
Suspect in 1982 Murder
Arrested in Illinois - THE
BLACK HILLS PIONEER, SD - March 21, 2003 ...AFIS
returned a "hit" identifying five fingerprints from the crime
scene as belonging to the new suspect...
Try to Link Fingerprints - THE
NEWS CHIEF, FL - March 21,
experts from near and far testified for the state in day five of a death
Match Leads to Arrest in Robbery - THE
TIMES-PICAYUNE, LA - March
20, 2003 ...detectives
entered a fingerprint from the withdrawal slip into the Automatic
Fingerprint Identification System...
Prosecution Hits Defense Request - THE
OKLAHOMAN - March 19, 2003 ...criticism
was aimed specifically at a defense motion to ban fingerprint evidence
from the upcoming preliminary hearing...
Gains New Edge - THE EVANSVILLE
COURIER, KY - March 16, 2003
eight weeks, the AFIS machine has helped officers match fingerprints in
six unsolved cases...
Good morning via the "Detail,"
a weekly e-mail newsletter that greets latent print examiners around the globe
every Monday morning. The purpose of the Detail is to help keep you informed of
the current state of affairs in the latent print community, to provide an avenue
to circulate original fingerprint-related articles, and to announce important
events as they happen in our field.
The tentative program
for the IAI Conference in Ottawa has been released, and is available on the IAI
website (theiai.org). It is always a good idea to arrange lodging and
travel details (hotel reservation, passport etc.) several months prior to the
event, which is quickly approaching. More detailed information is
available on the IAI website.
This week, I was moved by Dave Charlton's "Weekend Wake-up Call" and I think it is a very fitting to pass on his thoughts in light of recent events. It moved me to more consciously consider events from a different perspective. I would encourage your continued thoughts and prayers with the military and citizens of all countries involved, including home-land (allied) security and safety.
And as you read the Detail, consider the many victims and families of 9-11,
military casualties, and other not-so-obvious victims associated with the war on terrorism.
Weekend Wake up Call
by Dave Charlton
Friends and Colleagues,
My weekend wake up call this week is both serious and muted. I have just sat
down with my wife for the past 4 hours and watched the devastation of 'shock and
awe' on Baghdad. Whether you fall into the camp of pro war or anti, it would be
inhuman not to feel for the poor Iraqi civilians caught up in the terrifying
pounding that happened upon downtown Baghdad this evening. It is worth
reflecting at this most difficult of times, that whatever our relatively minor
concerns are over our profession, they are insignificant when you compare them
with the basic problems of humanity. Our leaders in the US and UK have decided
that this is the correct course of action. I sincerely hope that history proves
them to be correct in their policy. I am a hard and skeptical person, and I have
seen many horrors in my professional life. But I still had a strange tingle down
my spine upon witnessing events on SKY, CNN and the BBC. I felt contempt for
myself for watching the devastation on TV from an almost surreal air of calm in
my living room. I felt like a voyeur, preying on the misfortune of others. To
witness pain and suffering down the cold tube of a TV aperture made for
uncomfortable viewing, yet compelling at the same time. I for one hope that this
war can be brought to a speedy and satisfactory end. Not for the US and UK but
more importantly for the Iraqi people who have suffered enough over the past 20
years. There is little doubt Saddam Hussein is/was a tyrant of considerable
evil. But, like all wars, it was he, as a leader, that chose to submit his own
people to the carnage unfolding. I do not doubt the need to prosecute this war
and to 'prevail'. I just hope that all sides can pursue the peace with as much
enthusiasm as they pursued war.
I was once nearly blown up by an IRA bomb in a London train station. It amounted
to no more than a couple of pounds of semtex in a trash can. I was 30 feet away.
I will never forget the sound of the explosion or the screams of the victims. I
will never forget attending to a young girl who had lacerations bone deep on
both her legs. I will never forget the shock that I felt and the way I was
shaking uncontrollably in my office afterwards. I will never forget or get rid
of the psychological trauma of not being able to walk down the same side of the
road as a trash can for years afterwards. It
is sobering to think that the bombs that fell on Baghdad were 1000 times more
I will be back to my normal self next week. But for now, have a good weekend,
wherever you are, and occasionally spare a thought for what it must be like to
be the victim of 'Shock and Awe'.
For informal latent print related discussion, visit the CLPEX message
And as usual, the onin.com forum
(http://onin.com/fp/wwwbd/) is also available for more formal latent
For discussions with an international flair, check out Dave Charlton's forum at:
CLPEX.com this week...
Removed CARDPACT from the
Preparing for only two open-enrollment RSW courses this year; Orange County
California, and Suffolk County New York. Details will be passed on next
Working on updating the CLPEX.com bookstore. More books have been / are
being purchased to replenish stock. I have acquired the help of an
excellent person wishing to remain anonymous, and we will be working together to
provide an even more comprehensive bookstore for the benefit of the fingerprint
field. A public 'thank you' to the helper in the background. More
details on specific books next week.
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