Shirley McKie of Scotland: Case Study

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In the year of 1998 at 35 year old police detective Shirley McKie of Scotland was thinking about committing suicide. In 1997 she was assigned to a murder case were an older woman had been stabbed through the right eye with a pair of sewing scissors. With in one hour of arriving at the crime scene they found a fingerprint that they matched to McKie’s left thumb. Most of the time when detectives fingerprints come up at a scene they learn to dismiss them because of contamination, but McKie said that she had never entered that house. Even her own father doubted her. After finding McKie’s fingerprints they also found two fingerprints that belonged to the victim’s handyman David Asbury. His finger prints were found on a wrapped Christmas package and one on a biscuit tin in the victim’s home. When the case went into court McKie still testified under oath that she had never entered the victim’s home. David Asbury was still charged with the murder because of his two fingerprints found at the crime scene. The prosecutors were still very mad about McKie’s testimony that they said she lied under oath and charged her with perjury. After McKie was charged with perjury, she was determined to clear her name. She searched the internet looking for a fingerprint examiner to re examine the print that was said to be hers at the crime scene. She then found one of Scotland’s most recognized examiners Allan Bayle. He agreed that the print was not McKie’s fingerprint. He even said it was not even close, the Police Department said that the fingerprint was the left thumb print when it was actually a print from the right forefinger. Even though Bayle was sure that it was not McKie’s fingerprint he could not open himself up to doubt about the murder. So Bayle got online and posted a comment on one of the websites that was seen regularly buy the worlds fingerprint community He stated that he knew that the fingerprint did not match McKie and even a bunch of experts from the UK agreed...
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