Detection of Firearms Imprints on Hands of Suspects: Study of the PDT-Based Field Test

    Volume 42, Issue 6 (November 1997)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Glattstein, B
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS), Israel Police, Police National Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Almog, J
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science (DIFS), Israel Police, Police National Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    (Received 8 July 1996; accepted 7 March 1997)

    Abstract

    The results of a multifaceted research project towards the optimization of the visualization process of firearms contact marks on hands are reported. Latent imprints that are formed by the close contact between the metallic parts of the weapons and the palms were visualized by the application of the PDT iron (II) reagent. Various factors affecting the quality of the marks were studied. Also PDT analogues were synthesized and their performance compared with that of the original compound.

    Some of the analogues show slight advantages over PDT in contrast and sensitivity, but PDT in acetone solution, such as in the commercial preparations Ferroprint or Ferrotrace seems to be the formulation of choice for reasons of availability and cost. It can visualize latent firearms impressions on the hands several hours after the contact.


    Paper ID: JFS14250J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14250J

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    Title Detection of Firearms Imprints on Hands of Suspects: Study of the PDT-Based Field Test
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