Important Dates in Firearms Identification


1835: Henry Goddard was the first to successfully identify a murderer using a bullet removed from a victim’s body

1889: Grooves from a bullet were removed from a corpse and were successfully matched to a suspect’s weapon.

1898: Paul Jeserich took microphotographs of fatal and test bullets and testified that the defendant’s revolver fired the fatal bullet

Calvin Goddard Considered a champion for firearms identification and     completing and mastering the bullet-comparison microscope.

  • Others that helped Goddard with firearms identifications: Charles Waite, John Fisher, and Phillip Gravelle

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