ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

If you thought that the Gil Grissoms and Horatio Caines were only a modern phenomena, think again! Looking at these vintage photos from the early 20th Century shows that the Crime Scene Investigators of the past had their own meticulous methodology even before the tech caught up with their determination...

1. Careful Crime Scene Photography

These men - fully suited and booted for the occasion! - ensure the correct positioning of the camera and body for a profile shot.

2. Elongated Tripod

This extra-tall tripod allows for a top-down view of the deceased.

3. Likely diagnosis: strangulation

A probable strangulation victim due to fabric wrapped around the neck - CSI terms such as 'ligature marks' and 'particheal hemorrhaging' came later.

4. Unidentified Victim

This unnamed man was found near Lac Daumesnil, Paris, November 1912.

5. Suicide - or murder?

Mille Ferrari appeared to have stabbed herself in the heart, until a newfangled technique known as 'fingerprinting' named the killer as her lover, Mr. Garnier.

6. Long time dead

The dark patches on the feet signify decay - this body lay decomposing for a few days before it was found.

7. No body, but lots of blood

It is unknown if the victim survived after bleeding so copiously. I'm reminded of the quote from Macbeth:

Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

8. Still in death

1913 - this photograph shows an elderly lady after death.

9. Child killer

Tragically, the victim in this photo was a 6-year-old, murdered by a local teen.

10. The future of Forensics

Incredibly, before computer technology streamlined the process, fingerprints were actually compared by eye!

Source: eBaum's World


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