Visualization of Sebaceous Fingerprints on Fired Cartridge Cases: A Laboratory Study

    Volume 43, Issue 3 (May 1998)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 1998

    Page Count: 6


    Mandler, D
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem,

    Springer, E
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem, Israel

    Hocherman, G
    Division of Identification and Forensic Science, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem, Israel

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

    Migron, Y
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem,

    (Received 3 July 1997; accepted 20 October 1997)

    Abstract

    The visualization and endurance of fingerprints on cartridge cases after the firing process have been examined. Cartridges of M16, AK-47 (Kalashnikov) and Parabellum have been tested. Despite difficulties in visualizing these fingerprints, it was found that in some cartridge cases under laboratory conditions—for instance, on M16 brass cartridges—substantial parts of the fingerprints remain intact after shooting. The careful use of illumination after metal vapor deposition enabled visualization. Different possible mechanisms responsible for the partial destruction of the fingerprints are discussed.


    Paper ID: JFS16180J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS16180J

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    Title Visualization of Sebaceous Fingerprints on Fired Cartridge Cases: A Laboratory Study
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