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Law Enforcement agencies nationwide are turning to the forensic examination of ink and paper for assistance in determining the authentic or fraudulent nature of questioned documents. Such headline cases as the investigation of Spiro Agnew, Watergate, and the Howard Hughes (Mormon) Will have relied heavily on the forensic examination of ink and paper. It also is used routinely to resolve civil disputes.
In this book, the authors delineate the many advances that have occurred in the field of forensic examination and dating of ink and paper, and they describe the applications of those techniques for resolving litigation where questioned documents are involved. In addition to a complete discussion of laboratory procedures and forensic applications of the examination of ink and paper, chapters cover the development of writing ink, ink manufacturing processes, writing instruments, printing inks, typewriter ribbon inks, erasable inks, paper manufacturing processes, paper industry terms, watermarks, and court acceptability of forensic ink and paper examination.
By Richard L. Brunelle, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rockville, Maryland, and Robert W. Reed, Riva, Maryland. CONTENTS: Introduction; The History of the Development of Writing Inks; Their Properties and Compositions, The Manufacture of Writing Inks; Writing Instruments: Definitions and Nomenclature; Printing Inks; Typewriter Ribbon Inks; Erasable Inks; The Forensic Examination of Inks; The Dating of Inks; Historical Develop ment of Paper and the Paper Manufacturing Process; A Partial Compendium of Paper Industry Terms Watermarks; Methods for the Forensic Examination of Paper; Court Acceptability: Applications of Forensic Paper and Ink Analysis.
302 pp., 6.75 x 9.75, 23 il., 9 tables