Shoeprint Evidence Analytical Essay

Shoeprint Evidence
Presents a murder case and relates how a shoe impression helped solve the case.
# 149390 | 1,450 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Law (Evidence) , Criminology (Forensics)

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This paper explains that shoe impressions are one type of evidence that can be found at the crime scene and can help law enforcement to identify a criminal offender and to tie them to the crime scene. Next, the author reviews the heinous murder of a gay man and how the police use of forensic evidence collected at the site of this hate crime including a shoeprint that they were able to tie to through the defendants to the crime. This paper explains that shoeprint impressions have passed both the Frye and Daubert standards for scientific evidence and therefore are valuable in proving guilt even without the other available forensic processes such as DNA analysis.

From the Paper:

"The analysis of shoe impression evidence is a critical part of the forensic process. In order to identify a suspects and use the shoe impression evidence to prove the guilt of the offender. One method of analysis used by the forensic specialist is to determine the size of the shoe that left the impression. Next the forensic specialist will analyze the footwear to develop footwear patterns that can be matched to a specific shoe. The different shoes sizes and shoe patterns can help point to a criminal suspect. The individual characteristics of the sole of the shoe can be used to make a positive match to a specific pair of shoe wear. Just like with fingerprint and DNA evidence there is a tread ware database that forensic specialist use to identify specific footwear to the maker and the model.
"While the shoe impression evidence directly linked the criminal defendant Bowen to the murder scene there was other forensic evidence that was also tied to the criminal defendants. Physical evidence was located in the form of a stolen laptop that belonged to the victim that had the fingerprints of both criminal defendants Brown and Beardman."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Armstrong, E. (2004). Can Shoes Catch a Culprit? or Does a Shoeprint Lie. Retrieved from
  • Bowen, R. & Schneider, J. (2007). Forensic Databases: Paint, Shoe Prints, and Beyond. NIJ Journal No. 258. Retrieved from
  • Chambliss, J. (2009). Bearden Sentenced to Life in Prison. The Ledger. Retrieved from
  • Schiro, G. (2001). Shoeprint Evidence - Trampled Underfoot. Southern Lawman Magazine. Retrieved from
  • Schiro, G. (2000). Collection and Preservation of Evidence. Crime scene investigator network. Retrieved from

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