Basic Investigation Skills Tutorial No. 2
by Frank Riccobono
How to Take Fingerprints
- Search the crime scene for a likely surface to yield a usable set of prints. Smooth surfaces such as drinking glasses or doorknobs are ideal.
- Sprinkle fingerprinting dust onto the surface.
- Using a soft brush, clear away the excess dust revealing the telltale swirls and arcs of a fingerprint.
- Gently lay a piece of clear tape over the imprint, taking care not to smudge it.
- Contact your local biomedical research facility and ask to borrow their skin-graft 3D printer.
- Use the machine to construct a flesh glove with the prints on the appropriate fingers.
- Put the glove on your hand. They are now your fingerprints. You are the suspect.
- Thrill in the exhilaration of being on the run from the law.
- Feel secure in the knowledge that you will never be caught because you are the law.
- Spend a good few minutes getting into this state of mind.
- Use your nascent psychic link to track down the suspect. Where would John Doe go? You are now John Doe. Where would you go?
- When your paths inevitably cross, cast off the glove and resume your prior life. You have no more need of these fingerprints.
- Arrest the suspect and continue the investigation.