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January 9, 1897

IDENTIFICATION OF CRIMINALS.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(2):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440020037004

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Abstract

Under a title which may be rendered into English as "General Instructions for a system of Identification," Sr. Juan Vucetich, Chief of the Statistical and Anthropometric Identification Office of the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires, has published the second edition of a work on identification by scars and marks. The first edition was published in 1895. In its preface the author related the case of a criminal who was sentenced to confinement for ten years, but who escaped and was subsequently captured and tried for some fresh crime. The evidence was insufficient to convict and the man was discharged. An effort was made to detain him as an escaped convict, but the evidence on record failed to establish identity. Sr. Vucetich believes that had his system been in use at the time this criminal could not have escaped identification. Its use, he considers, will be of immense advantage

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