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Some of the most notorious criminals of the 19th century, including Jack the Ripper, might have been caught had the authorities heeded the advice of a village surgeon. A letter written in 1840 and up for auction this week bears his suggestion that fingerprints could be used as a tool for solving murders

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This happens a lot in human existence. A great idea is forgotten until someone else rediscovers it many years later.

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