American Sherlock: The Father of Forensics That History Forgot
Heinrich at work.(University of California, Berkeley) Nicknamed the “American Sherlock” during his time, famed criminologist Edward Oscar Heinrich has fallen into obscurity. Not only did Heinrich solve more than 2,000 cases in the first half of the twentieth century — including some of the most famous crimes of his era — but he also discovered many scientific techniques that are still in use today. Yet, despite his brilliant contributions to forensics, Heinrich didn't even have a Wikipedia entry until late 2020.
One Year Later: Some Doubt Engineer's Claim He Solved the Final Zodiac Ciphers But Will Forensics Reveal the Truth?
The Z13 cipher Fayçal Ziraoui claims he cracked.(Zodiackillerciphers.com) 2021 was a banner year for amateur detectives. In January, true crime activists brought the case of an anonymous hiker found dead in a tent to national attention, which led to his identification. In April, authorities arrested Kristin Smart’s killer based on facts that came out during the course of a podcast. Months earlier, in December 2020, three amateur code breakers solved the Zodiac Killer’s infamous 340-cipher — a task that the world’s top cryptologists, police and the FBI had been working on for more than 50 years.