A Crime-fighting “Vampire”

Baltimore police plan to enlist a vampire to help solve cases.

True Crime aficionados such as myself, people who watch a lot of Investigation Discovery, who prefer documentaries based on real cases over fictional fodder like LAW AND ORDER, can tell you in a hurry how likely you are, if you commit a serious crime today, to get caught. The technology available to police officers now is simply amazing. A recent example of this is the “vampire,” a compact and portable fingerprint-scanning device that the city of Baltimore has purchased, at a hefty price tag, for its investigators. How costly are these “Vampire Forensic Tactical Devices?” About six thousand dollars a pop!

Pundits claim the devices will be worth it, though, if they perform as expected. A forensic tech can scan fingerprints in a matter of seconds, potentially identifying known perpetrators whose prints are on record and excluding the prints of non-suspects, such as the fingerprints of a victim. This would greatly speed up the investigation process, safeguard against false arrests and secure more convictions in the courtroom. All of this sounds nifty, but I’m left wondering: Why do they call it a “vampire?” If it scanned blood patterns or some such, the name would make sense. But since when do vampires care about fingerprints?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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