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Crime Scene Processing

'Crime Scene Pre-Planning'

Timothy F. Hahn, Greenbelt PD, Feb 1989, Vol 27 ; No 1, pp. 13-16 

'Luminol and the Crime Scene' 

Robert R.J. Grispino, M.A., FBI, Aug 1991, Vol 29 ; No 2, pp. 10-19    

'Motorize your Fingerprint Brush' 

Victor D. Dove, BATF, Oct 1996, Vol 34 ; No 2, pg 13 
'Crime Scene Reconstruction as an Art' 

Timothy F. Hahn, SCSA(Ret), Spring 1999, Vol 37 ; No 1, pg 16
'Forensic Investigations and Crime Scenes' 

Rupendra Simlot, Ph.D., Cortney Christopher, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Fall 2002, Vol 40 ; No 2, pp. 5-10 
'Shooting Reconstruction with Lasers' 

Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Fall 2003, Vol 41 ; No 2, pp. 5-7


Latent Print Examination     

'Short Ridge: What is it and is it One Point or Two?' 

Richard A. Taylor, VA. Western Reg. For. Lab, Feb 1988, Vol 26 ; No 1, pp. 9-10
'Stick It to the Bad Guys: A Humorous Look at a Challenging Process' 

Leonard G. Butt & Laura J. Tierney, Maryland State Police-Forensic Sciences Div, pp. 8-9


Footwear - Tire Track   

'Wheelbase Measurement System'

John R. Alstadt, Delaware State Police, May 1986, Vol 24 ; No 2, pp 21-33
'SICAR "Outsole Recognition" at the Maryland State Police' 

JAlexander Mankevich, Maryland State Police-Forensic Sciences Div, Spring 2003, Vol 41 ; No 1, pp 17-2

AFIS, Live Scan, Computer Systems

'Is Fingerprint Automation for You - A Follow-Up'
George J. Bonebrake, FBI(Ret.), Aug 1984, Vol 22 ; No 3, pp 19-23
'District of Columbia Automated Fingerprint Identification System'
Tom Burse III, Metropolitan PD, Aug 1984, Vol 22 ; No 3, pp 30-35
'Maryland's Computerized Arrest Booking System'
Allen Hafner, Howard County PD, Fall 1998, Vol 36 ; No 2, pp 19-22
'SICAR "Outsole Recognition" at the Maryland State Police'
Alexander Mankevich, MD. State Police-Forensic Sciences Div, Spring 2003, Vol 41 ; No 1, pp 17-21
'IAFIS Spawns Automatic NCIC Search from Ten-Print Submission'
Sandy McKay, Information Technology Management Sect. CJIS, Fall 2004, Vol 42 ; No 2, pg 9
'Rethinking the Unsolved Latent File'
Peter Komarinski, Komarinski & Associate, LLC, Fall 2007, Vol 45 ; No 2, pp 30-31
'FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) Helps Solve 38 Year-Old Cold Case'
Anon., Federal Bureau of Investigation, Spring 2011, Vol 49 ; No 1, pp 14-15


Notable Casework Successes

'Super Glue + Computer = Ident'
Norman R. Smith, Metropolitan PD, Dec 1984, Vol 22 ; No 4, pp 5-6

'The Rockland Man'  
Maria V. Lyons & John Alstadt, Delaware State Police, Feb 1990, Vol 28 ; No 1, pp 23-25

'An Unusual Latent'  
Allen Hafner, Howard County PD, Aug 1990, Vol 28 ; No 2, pg 9

'The Power of Physical Evidence: A Capital Murder Case Study (State of the Art Physical Evidence, Including the First Recorded Image Enhanced Fingerprint Identification, Leads to a Capital Murder Guilty Plea'  
Norman Tiller & Thomas Tiller, Henrico County Div of Police, Aug 1991, Vol 29 ; No 2, pp. 7-9

'The Re-Examination of the Case of the Quivering Latent Print'
Dean Van Bibber and Tasha Cox, Fairmont State College, Jan 1996, Vol 34 ; No 1, pg 14

'An Unusual Item for Processing' 
Brian A. Jones, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Fall 2009, Vol 47 ; No 2, pp 6-7

'Boulder Jane Doe'
Richard H. Walton, College of Eastern Utah, Fall 2009, Vol 47 ; No 2, pp 16-19

'Boulder Jane Doe Identified' 
Richard H. Walton, College of Eastern Utah, Spring 2010, Vol 48 ; No 2, pp 18-23


Forensic Photography , Electronic Imaging 

'Photography of Latent Prints Utilizing Transmitted Light'
Robert E. May, FBI, Feb 1984, Vol 22 ; No 1, pp 5-11
'Guide Numbers'
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Spring 2004, Vol 42 ; No 1 pp 10-12
'Painting With Light'
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Fall 2004, Vol 42 ; No 2, pp 5-7
'Alternate-Light Photography on a Budget'  
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Fall 2005, Vol 43 ; No 2, pp 5-7
'Bloodstain Photography'
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Fall 2005, Vol 44 ; No 2, pp 7-13
'Does Digital Photography Mean Forget the Basics?' 
Larry Dow - Foster & Freeman USA, Inc., Spring 2008, Vol 46 ; No 1, pp 6-8
'Reciprocity Failure: Film Versus Digital' 
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston Police Dept., Fall 2009, Vol 47 ; No 2, pp 10-15

'Daytime Laser Photography'
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston Police Dept., Spring 2010, Vol 48 ; No 1, pp 6-12


Chemical Processing Reagents

'Superglue Sticks it to the Bad Guys'
Richard A. Taylor & Michael R. Grimm, VA. Div of Consolidated Lab Svcs., Feb 1984, Vol 22 ; No 1, pp. 14-16

'Superglue Sticks it to the Bad Guys: Effects of Super Glue on Firearms'
Richard A. Taylor & Michael R. Grimm, VA. Div of Consolidated Lab Svcs., May 1984, Vol 22 ; No 2, pg 11

'New Reagents for the Enhancement of Blood Prints'
Paul Norkus & Kevin Noppinger, Florida Dept of Law Enforcement, Feb 1986, Vol 24 ; No 1, pp. 4-5

'Multimetal Deposition Method for Latent Fingerprint Development'    
George C. Saunders, Los Alamos Nat'l Lab, Feb 1990, Vol 28 ; No 1, pp. 14-18

'Small Particle Reagent'  
Robin Young & Charles M. Pruitt, VA. Div of For. Science, Aug 1990, Vol 28 ; No 2, pp. 6-7

'Luminol and the Crime Scene'
Robert R.J. Grispino, M.A., FBI, Aug 1991, Vol 29 ; No 2, pp. 10-19

'Evaluation of Gun Blueing Solutions and their Ability to Develop Latent Fingerprints on Cartridge Casings'' 
Deborah A. Leben & Robert S. Ramotowski, United States Secret Service, Oct 1996, Vol 34 ; No 2, pp. 8 & 10

'Recent Advances in Latent Print Visualization Research'
Robert S. Ramotowski and Antonio A. Cantu, United States Secret Service, Fall 1998, Vol. 36 ; No. 2, pp 18-21

'The Development of Friction Ridge Detail on a Class of Counterfeit Currency'  
David W. Lloyd, United States Secret Service, Fall 2002, Vol 40 ; No 2, pp 14-16

'A Direct Transfer Technique Using Copy Paper'
William D. Sampson & Karen L. Sampson, Spring 2004, Vol 42 ; No 1 pp 7-8

'The Versatility and Effectiveness of Magnetic Powders on Paper'
Jonathan Pelletier, Lynchburg Police Dept., Fall 2008, Vol 46 ; No 2, pp 8-10


Courtroom Testimony 

'Defending Against the Critic's Curse'
Glenn Langenburg, Minnesota Bur of Criminal Apprehension, Spring 2003, Vol 41 ; No 1, pp 5-16

'The Expert Witness: Courtroom Communications'
Maria V. Lyons, Delaware State Police, Aug 1989, Vol 27 ; No 2, pp 20-28

'A Review of Split Testimony Cases Resulting From Admissibilty Challenges'

Joel Zlotnick & Laura Tierney, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Fall 2009, Vol 47 ; No 2, pp 20-27


Safety Issues

'Fingerprint Powder - Safety Considerations'
Michael F. Carrick, Lightning Powder Co. Inc, May 1986, Vol 24 ; No 2, pp 7-9


Research & Processing Effects

'The Effects of Latent Print Processing on Ballpoint Pen Inks'
Richard A. Horton & Lyle C. Shaver, VA. Div of Forensic Science / DCJS, Spring 2000, Vol 38 ; No 1, pp 5-11

'Biology Research: Effects of Latent Print Technology on PCR DNA Analysis' 
Colleen Walls, Howard Community College, Sept 1997, Vol 35 ; No 2, pp 17-18

'Analysis of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Fingerprint Powders on Varying Surfaces'
Patricia Elswick & Lindsay Kapsar, West Virginia Univ., Fall 2005, Vol 43 ; No 2, pp 22-26

'Lifting Prints Off Textured Surfaces with Gel Lint Rollers'
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston Police Dept., Spring 2011, Vol 49 ; No 1, pp 8-12


Friction Ridge Uniqueness, Known Prints

'Prints from Mummified Fingers'
Michael F. Carrick, Lightning Powder Co. Inc, Feb 1988, Vol 26 ; No 1, pp. 22-23

'Born Without Fingerprint Patterns'
Linda J. Bateman, Metropolitan PD, Jan 1996, Vol 34 ; No 1, pg 14
'The Chemistry of Latent Prints from Children and Adults'
Gary Mong, Steven Walter, Ph.D., Robert Ramotowski, Tony Cantu, Ph.D., U. S. Secret Service, Fall 1999, Vol 37 ; No 2, pp 4-6


Principles, Methodology, Theory

'Fingerprints Still Have the Final Word'
Sylvia T. Buffington, VA. Div of For. Science, Fall 1998, Vol 36 ; No 2, pg 22
'Defending Against the Critic's Curse'
Glenn Langenburg, MN. Bur of Criminal Apprehension, Spring 2003, Vol 41 ; No 1, pp 5-16
'Blind Verification: Does it Compromise the Conformance of ACE-V Methodology to the Scientific Method?'
Alexander Mankevich, MD. State Police - Forensic Sciences Div., Fall 2007, Vol 45 ; No 2, pp 22-29


Historical & Perspectives

'The First Organized Use of Fingerprints in the U.S.A.'
Norman R. Smith, Metropolitan PD, May 1986, Vol 24 ; No 2, pp 10-11

'Will Powder Be Put to Pasture' 
Sylvia Buffington, VA. Div of For. Science, Aug 1991, Vol 29 ; No 2, pg 6

'Forensic & Investigative Science Program at WVU'
Clifton P. Bishop, Ph.D., Forensic & Investigative Science Program - West Virginia Univ., Spring 2005, Vol 43 ; No 1 pp 21-22

'Carol Edelen'
Deborah Leben & Sandy McKay, Spring 2010, Vol 48 ; No 1, pg 6

'Fall 2010 Conference Survey Results'
Laura J. Tierney, Chair - CBD-IAI Board of Directors, Spring 2011, Vol 49 ; No 1, pg 6


Profession & Duties

'The Media Encounter: Control Measures for Law Enforcement Personnel'
Dr. Frank Dumphy & Dr. Charles Steinmetz, FBI, Aug 1984, Vol 22 ; No 3, pp. 3-17


Other Forensic Disciplines 

'Observations on Voice Identification Training'
Steven Cain, Applied Forensic Technologies Int'l, Feb 1986, Vol 24 ; No 1, pp 8-14
'USA Today®'
Larry F. Zeigler, FBI, Oct 1996, Vol 34 ; No 2, pp 25 & 26
'Small Police Department Forensics and DNA' 
Ralph A. Barfield, Charlottesville Police, Fall 2003, Vol 41 ; No 2, pp 10-16
'Shooting Reconstruction with Lasers'  
Christopher D. Duncan, Houston PD, Fall 2003, Vol 41 ; No 2, pp 5-7
'Check 21 Act - A 'Check Less' System'
Kirsten S. Jackson - U.S. Postal Inspection Service & Susan C. White - TIGTA, Spring 2006, Vol 44 ; No 1 pp 8-9
'PRIDE Polyethylene Repository and Information Database for Evidence'
Lorie L. Gottesman, FBI Laboratory, Fall 2007, Vol 45 ; No 2, pp 18-20
'The Vidocq Society: A 'Free' Cold Case Resource'
Richard H. Walton, College of Eastern Utah, Fall 2009, Vol 47 ; No 2, pp 8-9