Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Amazing Ways These Things Can Help In Solving Crimes

I will refer to them as 'these things' for now and reveal their identity at the end of the post(that's if you have not decoded it within this first paragraph). Test your patience today by showing a little restraint.
We interact with them everyday. We breathe in what they exhale and vice versa. Some beautiful ones are used to beautify our environments and houses. Many with large surface areas are used to enjoy cool shades from the hot sun. One critical fact about them is
their edibility.
We just can't live without them. I mean literally 'survive' on this planet without them. They are our primary source of food. The medicinal value of some if not most of them is the basis of drug manufacturing and synthesis. It is evident that 'taking them away' ( if possible) will commit our earth to the process of extinction.

It is very difficult to move say 1km even in very urban places without coming in contact with any one or a group of them. Me thinks, 1km is too big. In my opinion, their usefulness and the role  they play in human existence is second only to air that we breathe.

But one useful feature about them that our society tend not to utilise or recognise is their ability to
help law enforcement in solving crimes. The universality and frequency of occurrence per square meter of any geographical location makes them invaluable to crime fighting. How? Because
1. Man lives on the earth not Saturn.
2. Man eats food to survive and what he eats is not gold or silver.
3. Whatever man does, wherever he goes and whoever he comes in contact with, is within a geographical location.
4. There is no geographical location on earth that does not have these things that I am talking about (of course you should know by now).
5. It is a fact that 'these things' have some microscopic materials that we easily inhale, sticks to our clothes, hair, shoes, books, plates....you name it. They are found even in our bodies. I mean right now! Imagine what you can easily inhale as air passing through your nostrils without pain or discomfort due to their microscopic nature. You can't see them with your naked eyes, they are so tiny that you will need high visual magnifiers such as microscopes to see them.

Let's do a little experiment here. Pick your hair brush and a plain sheet of paper(preferably white), brush your hair directly on the paper a few times. Carefully fold it. Take it to a place that's known to use microscopes say a hospital, any chemistry or biology lab and let them know your mission to view the contents on the plain sheet. I guarantee you'll see some oddly shaped things on it.

There are places in some countries such as the US and Australia where the Forensic knowledge of these things have helped law enforcement officers successfully pin down suspects to crime scenes and achieve convictions.

Forensic knowledge of these things and their microscopic objects have been proven to
- Link suspects to  particular crime scenes
- Estimate the time of death in murder cases
- Estimate the location where crimes were committed
-  Pin point the period or season certain crimes occurred such as genocides and many more.

It is imperative that this field when maximally utilised can aid our law enforcement agencies in crime fighting and solving, helping them achieve successful prosecutions and convictions. This aspect of solving crime 'forensically' is not new to you forensic inclined experts but its relatively new dimension to majority of the public. This blog is dedicated to creating awareness on the field of forensics

Me thinks, if criminal offenders know that crimes they intend to perpetrate can easily be traced back to them, they may have a rethink on what they are about to do. Our world would much more be safer to live in.

Finally, to the beans spilling part, the speciality of forensics that deals with 'these things' is know as Forensic Botany. The microscopic materials in our little experiment above are known as POLLEN GRAINS while the 'these things'  are actually..
PLANTS!