Fun Facts: Fingerprints

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It’s true when they say that human beings are unique from one another. Although some of us may have a twin, and others look exactly alike even if they are totally not related, there are still things that remain uniquely ours like our DNA or finger and toe prints.

Fingerprints are so unique that it’s impossible to alter. In fact, fingerprints offer an infallible means of personal identification as other visible characteristics of a human being change except fingerprints.

The Fingerprint Incident

An interesting thing happened in 1903 when a man named Will West was received at Leavenworth Penitentiary. The clerk who ran the Bertillon instrument on him found the record of one William West whose pictures and Bertillon measurements were identical to that of Will West. The clerk was pretty convinced the new inmate has been detained in that prisoner before. However, Will West denied allegations of previous imprisonment.

The clerk turned over William West record card and found out that the man had been serving a life sentence at Leavenworth since 1901, and the new prisoner only had similar name, face, and measurements as William West.

kids news: will and william westThe above image shows Will West’s (1) and William West’s photos. Now who would say that these two men are not one and the same?

Consequently, this case became a strong argument favoring the new science of fingerprinting.


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