Michelle Miranda, an Associate Professor at Farmingdale State College, is using tattoos as a way to solve crimes and identify the bodies of victims.
While working on a criminal investigation where a body was charred, Miranda was forced to improvise how to identify the victim. Normal means of identification, like facial features and fingerprints, were rendered useless because of the nature of the crime.
Miranda then had the bright idea to use the victims tattoos as a means of identification. She has been using tattoos to help aid her work in the field of forensics ever since, even publishing a book explaining her findings.
Who knew tattoos could be used to help forensic scientists solve crimes? What an impact body art can have on society, and for the better! We're really interested in this developing subject, so keep an eye out for more.