Police: Atomic Fingerprints

Summoned by a burglar alarm, San Francisco police sped to a liquor store's freshly jimmied door. Loitering there was William R. Woodward, 30, a private detective with no previous criminal record. On the ground was a tire iron that had apparently come from his nearby car. The cops arrested Wood ward for attempted burglary. But there were no fingerprints on the tire iron, and Woodward stoutly denied the charge. How to build a case? Answer: "radiation fingerprints," a new scientific crime detector that makes Sherlock Holmes look like Deputy Dawg.

Telltale evidence...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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