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23/04/1853 French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon is born


Alphonse Bertillon: Father of the Mugshot


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1910s Bertillon System of Criminal Identification, Measurements, Police

Bertillon applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified by name or photograph.
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