By Donald E. Westlake
* mark n. a simple sufferer; a prepared topic for the practices of a self assurance guy, thief, beggar, etc.; a sucker.-Dictionary of yankee Slang, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1960
That's the lengthy definition of a mark. yet there's a shorter one. It is going:
* mark n. Fred Fitch
What, you ask, is a Fred Fitch? good, for something, Fred Fitch is the fellow with the main vast selection of faux receipts, phony money owed of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets within the Western Hemisphere, and doubtless within the complete international. for an additional factor, Fred Fitch could be the in basic terms manhattan urban resident within the 20th century to shop for a funds desktop. whilst Barnum stated, "There's one born each minute, and to take him," he didn't learn about Fred Fitch; whilst Fred Fitch used to be born, there have been million to take him.
Every itinerant grifter, hypester, bunk artist, short-conner, amuser, shearer, short-changer, green-goods employee, pennyweighter, ring dropper, and yentzer to hit long island urban considers his journey incomplete until eventually he's additionally hit Fred Fitch. He's kind of the con-man's model of pass: move Fred Fitch, gather 2 hundred money, and circulation on.
What occurs to Fred Fitch while his long-lost Uncle Matt dies and leaves Fred 300 thousand funds shouldn't ensue to the ball in a pinball computing device. Fred Fitch with 300 thousand cash is sort of a mouse with a sack of catnip: He's more likely to allure the incorrect form of attention.
Add to this the truth that Uncle Matt used to be murdered, by means of individual or people unknown, and that somebody now turns out made up our minds to homicide Fred to boot, combine in daffily captivating beauties of completely different kinds, and you've got an ideal setup for the busiest fictional hero because the recognized one-armed paperhanger. As Fred Fitch careers around the ny urban landscape-and occasionally skyline-in his conferences with police officers, con males, attractive women, and (maybe) murderers, he's taking on a few of the loonier facets of a Dante with no Virgil. Take one half comedy and one half suspense and shake well-mostly with laughter.
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What is it and what function did it serve? 2. What relationship does it have to any other items of evidence or to the scene itself? 3. 5 How an item is used in the scene is not always congruent with what the item actually is or how it was originally intended to be used. Just as important, recognizing the nature of the item will assist the investigator later when he or she begins looking at relationships and decides whether the item is foreign to the scene. Knowing this prevents the investigator from wasting investigative effort at some future point.
Each approach described allows investigators to evaluate the evidence and information they find within the scene. By identifying Chisum and Rynearson’s effects, or by pursuing the three questions (what is it, what relationship does it have, and what does it tell us about timing and sequencing), the investigator adds clarity to the overall understanding of what the scene represents. Crime scene technicians cannot simply be garbage collectors. They must know what they are looking for, and they must understand what each piece of the puzzle tells them.
For example, consider the recovery of a piece of glass from a suspect’s clothing. The color and refractive index (the manner in which the glass bends light) can be compared with a sample of known glass from the crime scene. If the forensic scientist discovers that either characteristic does not match, then s/he has effectively established that the two items are not of common origin. On the other hand, if both characteristics match, that does not prove the items are of common origin. In that instance, they simply cannot be excluded as having come from a common origin.