Science: Eye Prints

Dead or alive, the vast majority of criminals are identified by facial appearance and fingerprints. But the Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery has been shown cases where tinkering with bones and flesh has completely altered facial appearance. And smart wrongdoers like the late John Dillinger and Homer Van Meter may mutilate their fingertips with acid or otherwise until comparison with filed prints is highly difficult if not impossible. Dillinger and Van Meter did not succeed in preventing identification, but medical men agree that burning or surgery may obliterate the finger patterns...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!