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This is why I enjoy this blog: from marrage to murder to fingerprints to x-ray spectroscopy. I know I've never seen all of those in the same place before.

Maybe Pakhomov is innocent, or he's not a very creative phyicist. Strangling by belt is rather pedestrian, don't you think? Death by laser would have been more in tune with his research.

(Not to make light of a death, for the morbidly humorless.)

That would be physicist...of course!

A significant early use of fingerprinting in crime fiction is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" (1903). It fits nicely with our modern expectations of twists and turns because -- SPOILER ALERT -- Sherlock Holmes realizes that the supposedly damning fingerprint is in fact a clever forgery.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Adventure_of_the_Norwood_Builder

And as for the Pakhomov case. . . it is always nice to see one's hometown and one's profession make the headlines. :-/

Huntsville: murder, bus accident... Blake, your hometown sure isn't getting great news lately. But Huntsville *does* have that Saturn V standing up there like a church steeple from a distance - a beacon. That must be cool.

The Finger Prints for Dummies site Jennifer posted has some good FAQ:
http://www.onin.com/fp/lpfaq.html#q2jq

I should get more interested in fingerprints in my lab. There are certain scientists who both fail to wear gloves and clumsily handle the standards in a way that leaves huge, greasy stripes across their faces. It only recently occurred to me that these stripes may contain personally identifiable information that may let me determine the culprit...

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