Skip to comments.Tattoos as evidence: How the ink on their skin got people arrested for murder, rape, burglary
Posted on 09/03/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT by EveningStar
ST. PETERSBURG As the man rushed past the Mariner Car Wash, an employee couldn't help but notice his distinctive forearm tattoo: "Most Wanted."
When police investigating a bank robbery came around a few days later, the worker mentioned the man, confirming DNA evidence police had that tied a man with just such a tattoo to the crime.
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Police have been collecting data on arrestees tattoos for decades.
Now they have the computers and communications to crunch the data and share the information quickly.
The upside to tattoos is that perps are more easily identified in a police line-up.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
One of the reasons I have never had a Tattoo, if I had ever decided to do something nefarious, a tattoo would be a dead giveaway. Just like I would never own a vanity license plate. Just the paranoia in me.
Ah, if you’re average in other ways, it might work out. Me, myself, I’m so physically distinctive, that I could never get away with anything.
I’ve always been astonished at the sheer stupidity of the criminal element, so keen on distinctively ‘branding’ themselves to make identification so laughably easy.
But I hardly understand the appeal of tattoos to begin with. Just yesterday saw some rather raggedy middle-aged gal at a check-out counter with tattoos all up and down her arms. I guess they were tattoos, but they looked more like some child with color magic-markers scribbled all over her arms. It was ghastly-looking.
5’2”, built like tank, dark olive skin, bald, five o’clock shadow from coal black beard at noon, even if I shaved....I’m hard to miss. They could find me without looking at my ink.
It makes it easy for me to spot the sleazy people to avoid.
When bystanders saw a man shoot 30-year-old Marquell Burge last year behind the Ninth Street Pool Hall in St. Petersburg, one of them had an easy way to identify the killer. He said "the suspect has a 727 tattoo on the back of his neck, and just shot pool the other day," according to a police report.Hey. Lots of guys of "727" tattoo'd on the backs of their necks.
5’2”? You’re easy to overlook...
Doesn't this mean they had already tied the DNA evidence to a suspect, without the tattoo witness speaking up?
I’ve said this ever since tattoos became a fad. If you commit crimes, you better not wear tattoos, particularly if you are a rapist. The woman is going to see them, she’s going to remember them and then you’re doing 30 in the can.
“Dunce Decorations” (male) and “Tramp Stamps” (female) have to rate right up there with the most stupid ideas ever conceived by humans — right below body piercings...
tattoos are better than fingerprints. witnesses can’t see fingerprints, nor can cameras. you twits keep inking yourselves up
I agree 100%. More and more I see people, esp. good looking ones marking themselves up.
A century ago, people were paying for carnival shows to see hideous freaks like a tattooed man or a fat lady and the like...and now we can see them all free at the local Wal-Mart.
I want to know how actors who do historical scenes which require no shirt cover up their tattoos which would be highly anachronistic. They just don’t do those types of roles? Is there a special make-up that covers tattoos?
Yep. Even the tattooed fat ‘lady’ with beaucoup piercings -- all paid for with our welfare dollars :-(
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