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On the trail of the offender: From the beginnings of criminology


Before a crime scene was systematically searched for clues, confessions and testimonies - the latter often forced by torture - were relied upon to solve a criminal case. Uta Seeburg's doctoral thesis dealt with the beginnings of investigative work in the 19th century - and her research results were also processed literarily in her first novel. In "Der letzte Preuße", her protagonist moves from Prussia to Bavaria to work as a special investigator for the Royal Bavarian Police Headquarters, where she introduces the officers to achievements such as fingerprinting.