When you think of a crime scene, you probably think about police officers, forensic scientists, and maybe even a Sherlock Holmes type of character. But, there are a lot more ways to catch a criminal.
Here are some of the most interesting professions that have helped catch some famous criminals. Have you ever heard of any of them?
1. Forensic Botanist
In 1932, a wood technologist discovered evidence that linked Bruno Hauptmann to the kidnapping of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh’s child. These days forensic botanists can link pollen to suspects and crime scenes, they can use the soil to see where unmarked graves were dug and solve other things involving nature around a crime scene.
2. Forensic Linguist
A forensic linguist in the 1990s helped to catch the Unabomber. He decided to publish the Unabomber’s “manifesto” and several people who knew him recognized his handwriting and turned him in. Forensic linguists can help find language patterns or figure out who a criminal is by their handwriting.
3. Forensic Accountant
When the FBI was founded, almost half of the investigators were actually bank examiners. Now, about 15 percent of the FBI are actually accountants. Most crimes involve money so it is crucial to have people who know how to deal with money and find fraud. Forensic accountants found out that O.J. Simpson was hiding money in 1997.
4. Forensic Optometrist
A forensic optometrist can help catch murderers if glasses are involved. Sometimes glasses are found at a crime scene and forensic optometrists can help find someone by their prescription or find them wearing similar glasses in an old mug shot. They are skilled at measuring the glasses and knowing a prescription easily even if just a shard of glass is left.
5. Forensic Odontologist
You may have never heard of an odontologist, but it is someone who deals with teeth and gums. One such odontologist tracked down the “Vampire Rapist” in the early 1960s. He would bite down on the breasts of women he killed. They were able to find him by his bite marks.
6. Forensic Microscopist
Microscopes can help to reveal small clues that link people to crimes. Microscopists can analyze things like food, hair, dust and other items that are too small to see with the naked eye.
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