the Myth of Fingerprints

Paul Simon sang of the "Myth of Fingerprints" - and for sure there are some.

When did they start being used for criminal investigation? Are identical twins even identical down to their prints? This little pamphlet looks into some of this.

One myth, of course, is that fingerprint technology is almost foolproof, but cases of those like Brandon Mayfield show us this isn't true.

Even still, even the idea of them is powerful, and the metaphor of "DNA fingerprints" - identifying people by a unique pattern of their genetic that might be left at the scene of a crime.

Interstingly this DNA fingerprinting has been extremely important to so far overturning the wrongful convictions of 206 people in prison wrongfully convicted of crimes, largew=ly through the Innocence Project.