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St. Louis police first in U.S. to use fingerprints

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On this day, Oct. 28, in 1904, the St. Louis Police Department became the first U.S. police department to use fingerprinting. For 30 years prior, law enforcement officials measured bony parts of the body to identify criminals. But that system pretty much ended in 1903, when a man named Will West was sentenced to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. It turned out there was already a...

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