Lab: Bertillon Measurement. Click link to view the file. ← Case Study Conviction Through Enhanced Fingerprint Identification. Bertillon Lab Activity. By using measuring tapes, students measured the length of their torsos, length of arm from elbow to middle finger and hand from wrist to. Side One. Side Two. Arrest card, ca. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.. An arrest card for 17 year old.

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An arrest card for 17 year old Edward Blasco alias William Breen. This system, invented inbecame known as the Bertillon system, or bertillonageand quickly gained wide acceptance as a reliable, scientific method of criminal investigation. A quick note to readers: Metric Photography, Bertillon System: One clear consequence of anthropometry was a lsb wholesale reduction of the status of the human individual and his or her own sense of personal identity.

Lab: The Bertillon Anthropometric System

Alphonse Bertillon invented “anthropometrics”, a method with which to identify people based upon their individual measurements. Even the name was the same. Ch 1 Study Guide Complete the following chart below. Will West’s Bertillon Measurements Even though Bertillon did incorporate photography into his system, he did not fully embrace the medium as a completely effective tool for criminal identification.

In the ensuing confusion surrounding the true identities of the two men, their fingerprints conclusively identified them and demonstrated clearly that the adoption of a fingerprint identification system was more reliable than the older Bertillon system. While the grids used to graduate metric photography made for precise measurements they also point up la fact that the body is now made to be entirely quantifiable.

Indeed, one can’t help but think that Mark Zuckerberg is indeed the new Bertillon; and we are all voluntarily creating our own Bertillon cards, cataloged and available for all to see. If the recorder was tired or inattentive, the measurements could fail to identify a person.


Of course, the new technique was fingerprinting, a much simpler process than Bertillonage. The Bertillon Anthropometric System advertisement. The choice of features to be measured had to be based on their non-correlation as well as on their fixity and clarity.

The final death knell for Bertillonage came when in the early years of the 20th century it was swiftly disposed by a more streamlined and reliable form of identification, one that has an ancient origin but that had only begun to be used for criminal identification—mainly in colonial contexts—in the midth century, and one that is still in use today—namely, dactyloscopy, i. With metric photography, the body is totally knowable, totally locatable, totally naked.

Bill of Materials Powerpoint. Surprisingly, perhaps, Agamben suggests that all may not be lost in this biometric control society, for it is precisely at the moment in which identity in its classical sense has been utterly debased that new potentialities are unveiled: This system was initially accepted and used by various law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

Kaluszynski describes the crucial difference between descriptive photography and previous iterations of the medium: Alphonse Bertillon was a French criminologist who first developed this anthropometric system of physical measurements of body parts, especially components of the head and face, to produce a detailed bertillon of an individual.

Hence judicial errors based on false identification will likewise disappear. Including the Theory and Practice of Anthropometrical Identification.

Bertillon System of Criminal Identification

Retrieved from ” http: West was arrested in and taken to Leavenworth Penitentiary. He was also identified visually by people who recognized him from his earlier term.

Introduction to Forensics Lab: Although the theory suggested that it would succeed, there were instances where it would fail. Bones of the feet can reveal an interesting fact about an bergillon.


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It was eventually displaced by fingerprint laab, although Bertillon measurements were commonly used in conjunction with fingerprinting into the early decades of the 20th century. Therefore no one else would possess another person’s exact measurements.

Suspects who were drunk, ill, or uncooperative would also result in inaccurate measurements. Let us look at the three distinct parts of the Bartillonage process in some detail. Let’s combine math with forensics to see how.

Lab: The Bertillon Anthropometric System

In Documenting Individual Identity: Politics for the Information Age. Vincenzo Binetti and Cesare Casarino.

Until, that is, the guard turned over William West’s record card and noticed that William West was still a prisoner at Leavenworth. William West was quickly produced, and everyone marveled at the similarities. The History of Sexuality, Vol. Martine Kaluszynski describes the response to the crisis:.

Bertillon foresaw a situation in which his morphological vocabulary could become a universal language, able to be transmitted via telegraph. Alphonse Bertillon was a French policeman who believed that people could be. File – Forensic Science. Standard Instructions for Contributors to Edited Collections. Name Height Foot Length 1. List at least 2 reasons why the Bertillon system is not and accurate tool to use as evidence in forensics.

Bertillon cards were printed reflecting these measurements, and oddly enough, a fingerprint. Subsequent investigation disclosed that William West was already incarcerated in the facility as of September 9, This image was probably used in a ca.

Have the individuals remove their shoes and measure their height. In this activity, you will work with a partner to take Bertillon measurements for yourself.