Assassin or Look-Alike

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Assassin or Look-Alike

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This chapter investigates if the photographs and videotapes of the assassin of President John F. Kennedy really depict ex-marine Lee Harvey Oswald. The first scientific attempt to identify felons began in 1860. Fingerprints are the mainstay of identification. However, in some cases where there are too few ridge characteristics to make a positive fingerprint identification, the pattern of tiny pores along the ridges is employed, a method known as poroscopy. Like fingerprints, the patterns of the palms and the soles of the feet may prove valuable. Lip impressions, bite marks, and dental X-rays are other methods for identification. It examines Eddowes's theory explaining that Lee Harvey Oswald has a double. However this theory was contradicted by other experts.

Keywords: President John F. Kennedy; Lee Harvey Oswald; poroscopy; fingerprint identification; Eddowes; lip impressions; bite marks; dental X-rays

Chapter.  3608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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