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Forensic Fiber Analysis Helps Make Criminal Case


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Did you know that there was a Sherlock Holmes of France? His name was Dr. Edmond Locard, born in 1877, a criminologist and pioneer in forensic fiber analysis. In 1910, Locard created the world’s first forensic laboratory in an attic above the police department.

Locard is most  famous  for his formulation of Locard’s Exchange Principle. Stating that “every contact leaves a trace,” Locard showed that when two objects come into contact with one another, each will take something from the other object or leave something behind. In forensic fiber analysis, this is referred to as trace evidence.