Detection of Dynamite Residues on the Hands of Bombing Suspects

    Volume 17, Issue 2 (April 1972)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1972

    Page Count: 2


    Kempe, CR
    Director and criminalist, City-County Crime Laboratory, Tucson, Ariz.

    Tannert, WK
    Director and criminalist, City-County Crime Laboratory, Tucson, Ariz.

    (Received 4 October 1971; accepted 30 November 1971)

    Abstract

    A major problem in the investigation of bombings involves placing or connecting the type of explosive used with the suspect. This problem arose in an attempted bombing to ascertain whether or not the mere handling of dynamite would leave deposits of nitrate esters on the hands. The attempted bombing involved multiple sticks of “leaking” or “seeping” dynamite. It was reported that results were positive for nitroglycerine (NG) and ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN) on the hands, even after three full days had elapsed. The lack of published information on the reliability of the procedure used led to this study.


    Paper ID: JFS10685J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10685J

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