Photography at crime scenes from the 19th century – Bertillon and Sherlock Holmes

This suspicious fellow is Alphonse Bertillon who started photographing crime scenes in Paris in 1888. He is credited with the ‘mugshot’ protocol and discredited for putting handwriting comparisons in the Dreyfus wrongful conviction into a junk science category.

Link to an archive of Parisian crime scenes. 

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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