Date of Award

Summer 8-2011

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Criminal Justice

Committee Chair

Dr. Thomas S. Pittman

Committee Chair Department

Criminal Justice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Dean J. Bertram

Committee Member 2 Department

Criminal Justice

Committee Member 3

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

This research seeks to determine how well muriatic acid and acetic acid fuming develop the thermal side of thermal paper using aged prints. Additionally, the research seeks to determine how well ninhydrin develops the paper side of thermal paper using aged prints after exposure to the fuming. Twenty-four random individuals placed a total of thirty sets of fingerprints per person on thermal paper over a 10-day period. Each set of fingerprints consisted of three fingerprints on the thermal side of paper and three fingerprints on the nonthermal side of paper. During the 30 to 40-day time period, however, more specifically around the 35-day time period, the fingerprint quality diminishes to a point of not being able to process fingerprints adequately.

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