How Fingerprints Are Taken From the Deceased
Professor Abbott Was Wrong
To which the Professor replied:
"It is a stretch to draw any conclusions from the blotchiness of the prints. It is not easy fingerprinting a dead body and getting all the prints lined up on a neat little chart. There are many other ways to substantiate that he was right handed. I have discussed these in my replies further down this page. I would rely on those and disregard the prints on the issue of handedness."
The Truth is...
The CluesThe clues provided by the Somerton Man's fingerprints are vital, they tell us about his handedness and possible occupation. The markings on the right thumb, first and middle fingers show signs of wear which would support the view that he was right handed and that his occupation would have involved gripping a tool or instrument between his thumb and fingers.
It has been already suggested that he may have been involved in engraving or leather work, we can add to that that he possibly was a violinist, cellist or a guitarist all of whom have similar grips however the fingers on the left hand would also show signs f wear due to the strings of the various instruments.
There are tools designed for the job called 'spoons' for example and even special ink rollers for the purpose:
There are other less savoury ways in which this can achieved but
not wishing to spoil anyone's meal I'll limit the description to 'snippers' and
|Western Union Early Facsimile Machine Circa 1926|