Volume 50, Issue 2 (March 2005)

    The Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation on Forensic Evidence. 1. Latent Print Recovery on Porous and Non-Porous Surfaces

    (Received 27 June 2004; accepted 19 September 2004)

    Published Online: March

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The recent use of the postal system as a means of delivering anthrax spores via several contaminated envelopes has led to the selective irradiation of mail. These as yet unsolved attacks and the U.S. Postal Service's decision to irradiate certain types of mail has led to some unexpected complications. The high doses of radiation required to destroy biological agents like anthrax are sufficient to induce damage to other materials present in the envelope. There have been reports of damage to many different items that have been subjected to irradiation, including paper, precious gems, plastic, computer discs, and electronics. However, few studies have examined the effect of such treatments on items of forensic interest. In this paper, the authors focused on the impact of the irradiation process on the ability to visualize latent prints. This experiment involved using several donors, substrates (both porous and non-porous), and visualization reagents. The results indicate that the irradiation process can have a detrimental effect on the success of certain visualization reagents.


    Author Information:

    Regen, EM
    Student Intern, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Ramotowski, RS
    United States Secret Service, Forensic Services Division, Research Section, Washington, DC


    Stock #: JFS2004263

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2004263

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    Title The Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation on Forensic Evidence. 1. Latent Print Recovery on Porous and Non-Porous Surfaces
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30