I am currently binge watching “Forensic Files” on TV. The stories of people convicted or exonerated of crimes are fascinating. Sometimes decades pass, as in this case, until someone is found or released. And when you learn about the science involved, it’s hard to imagine anybody getting away with anything in the future: fingerprints, DNA, hair and fibers, mass spectrograph analysis, bite marks, on and on. Especially critical are the databases we now have of tens of millions of fingerprints, for example, so that we can compare the fingerprints of an accused person against everything we have on file, not just against a handful of likely suspects.
This old story dramatically describes the pitfalls of eyewitness testimony.
::::::::bookofjoe: “I was certain, but I was wrong”