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NCJ Number: 159234 Find in a Library
Title: Survey of Glass Fragments Recovered From Clothing of Persons Suspected of Involvement in Crime
Journal: Science and Justice  Volume:35  Issue:4  Dated:(October-December 1995)  Pages:273-281
Author(s): J A Lambert; M J Satterthwaite; P H Harrison
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The distribution of glass fragments from the clothing of over 500 individuals suspected of criminal involvement with breaking or broken glass was studied, based on the participation of Northern Ireland's Forensic Science Laboratory.
Abstract: Refractive indexes of over 4,000 recovered glass fragments were measured, with fragments selected using normal casework practices. A grouping method was applied to the data that yielded information on the number of matching and nonmatching glass types present on clothing. Proportions of matching and nonmatching glass were made for different clothing types and for different locations on clothing. Group sizes were also studied, and comparisons of refractive index distributions were made. It was not unusual to find large numbers of nonmatching glass fragments on clothing, although these were almost invariably from several different sources. The refractive index distribution of nonmatching glass on clothing was clearly different from that of control glass encountered in casework. Notes on caseworkers involved in collecting study data are appended. 7 references, 2 tables, and 14 figures
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences; Glass analysis; Northern Ireland; Suspect identification; World criminology
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