Rare Twin Murder Case Echoes Bizarre Fingerprint Origins

Twenty years later, J. Edgar Hoover formed the Division of Identification within the fledgling FBI and allowed local law enforcement to submit fingerprints so that each could be housed in a single national database. The Bureau could then coordinate and "provide identification services" to various enforcement agencies.

The impact of fingerprinting ever since has been immeasurable in the law enforcement field, said former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

"It's hard to quantify" the number of cases in which fingerprinting aided convictions, "but that's going to be a very large number," Garrett said.

ABC News' Melissa Lenderman contributed to this report.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 9909586.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO:
Yasuyoshi Chibaa/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: Patrick Crawford is pictured in this photo from his Facebook page.
Meteorologist Patrick Crawford KCEN/Facebook
PHOTO: Jamie Foxx on Dec. 4, 2014, in New York. | Whitney Houston on Feb. 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Photo | Steve Granitz/Getty Images