Bertillon system adopted by police and was used for almost 30 years.
Photography and Anthropometric system combine
1888 - 1914
The use of photography and measurement had been used to crearte distinct records for ID. It had made it easier to identify inmates, suspects, and repeat offenders.
1898 - 1914
During the late 19th century and the early 20th century, the Minneapolis Police Department had used the Bertillon System as a way to categorize certain crimes. These crimes had been relayed to prostitution in Alley ways in Minnesota. These prostitutes were known as ''Alley Workers.''
Will West Case
This case had alas discredited the Bertillon system immensely. This was due to a case about a man known as Will West. He had been mistakenly identified as a previous convict. The use of fingerprints however had saved him from being wrongfully identified. Bertillon had received a lot of backlash from this event.
Career of Bertillon
The start of a new career
1875 - 1879
Bertillon had discharged from the French army. His father had landed him a job in the police force. He had started as a simple department copyist.
Bertillons other use of techniques
1879 - 1910
Bertillon had also used other Forensic techniques. These techniques included the use of galvanoplastic, ballistics, and dyrometers.
1879 - 1882
Bertillon had started as a simple clerk for the Paris Police. During his time as a clerk he had done simple tasks, these tasks included copying out and filing identification cards and photographs. Bertillon had made his own filing system based on a series of nine anthropometric measurements, that were broken down into three categories. These categories were small medium and large. This had made it possible to sort out cards into multiple other subdivisions for him.
Unique Methods turned into reality
1882 - 1914
Bertillon had introduced the Bertillon system which had included the identifying people based off physical appearance. This system had relied heavily on 11 bodily type measurements, and the color of the hair, skin, and eyes
1883 - 1884
Bertillon had successfully made 7336 measurements and identified 290 offenders.
Bertillon and the Dreyfus Affair
1894 - 1898
The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal that had divided the Third French Republic. He had testified as a handwriting expert and he had came to the conclusion and had made claims that Alfred Dreyfus had written and incriminating document. Alphonse Bertillon had used a complex set of measurements to prove that Alfred Dreyfus had disguised his handwriting in the incriminating letter.