Forensics Timeline

Events

Punishment

1600

Guilty people would confess under torture while innocent people would survive the pain with strength given by God

Swedish Chemist makes detecting test

1775

Devised a test for detecting Arsenic in corpses (the inheritance powder)

Father of Forensic Toxicology

1814

Mathieu Orilla published article on detection of poisons and effects

Polarizing Microscope invention

1828

Microscopes helped for discovery of more physical evidence

Toxicology evidence

1838

1st use of toxicological evidence in criminal trial

Photos

1850 - 1860

photographs allowed more accurate recording

Bertillon's system

1879

Alphonse Bertillon introduced the bertillon's system aka anthropometry

ABO blood typing

1901

Karl Landsteiner discovered ABO blood typing

"Questioned Documents" published by Albert Osborn

1910

Locard's Exchange Principle by Edmond Locard

1913

When 2 objects come into contact with each other, a cross transfer of materials occur that can a criminal suspect to the victim or to the crime scene. Locard also started the first known police crime lab.

First in USA

1923

first Los Angeles PD Crime Lab in USA