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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE July 1, 1971 Washington, D.C. Letter Bomb (parcel bomb) - Explosive device sent via the postal service and designed with the intention to injure or kill the recipient who opens it. -Been used in terrorist attacks.-World's first mail bombs was in the 18th century diary of Danish Official and historian Balle Willum Luxdorph. America's best known postal terrorist:The "Unabomber", Ted Kacztnski -Sent 16 bombs, claiming three lives.-Responsible for a series of bombings targeting universities and airline companies.-His nickname The Unabomber originated from the FBI acronym "UNA BOM" = University and Airline BOMber. -Questioned Documents Unit-Fingerprint Unit-Physical Sciences Unit-Digital Evidence Unit The United States Postal Service is an independentagency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. *Questioned Documents Unit In the Question Documents Unit technical assistanceto Postal Inspectors who are investigating suspected violations of Postal Statutes is provided. Inspectors have to determine the authenticity of questioned ordisputed documents. Procedures to determine the authenticity of Documents: *Fingerprint Unit In this unit the inspectors are provided with technicalassistance who are investigating suspected violationsof postal statutes by identifying suspects who have handled items of evidence. Latent Print Analysts Responsibilities: Composed of four units: -Developing latent (invisible) prints on evidence.-Comparing a latent print to a known fingerprint, palm, print or footprint of suspect.-Preparing charts demonstrating identifying features of "questioned" and "known" prints.-Testifying in court to latent print identification.Also, the Fingerprint Unit interfaces with numerous automated fingerprint identification systems nation wide to assists in matching latent prints with local offenders. *Physical Sciences Unit: This unit provides scientific support to the U.S. PostalInspection service office nationwide. It also includes aPhysical Evidence and a Chemistry section. -Conducting Chemical analysis-Performing physical examinations and comparisons-Providing expert testimony in court-Processing crime scenes-Training Postal Inspectors-Interacting with other forensic science proffessionals Analysts variety of functions: The materials in which chemical analysis, examinations, and comparisons are conducted: -Bomb debris and intact explosives-Firearms, tool marks, shoe, and tire impressions-Trace evidence such as adhesive, fibers, hair, paint, paper, plastic, rubber and insulation from safes and tape *Digital Evidence Unit: The Digital Evidence Unit is the principal group responsible for the collection, preservation and examination of computer digital evidence in supportof all Inspection Service Investigations. Letter bombs and packaged bombs are sent by mail forvarious reasons such as revenge, political causes,terrorism, personal vendettas, or crazy people whohave a grudge against society. June 1889Edward White-artist at Madame Tussauds was alleged tohave sent a parcel bomb to John Theodore Tussaud afterbeing dismissed. August 20, 1904Martin Ekenberg sent a mail bomb to businessman Karl Fredrik Ludin. Box loaded with bullets and explosives. December 28th 1977Karen Grech age 15- killed when opened a letter bomb addressed to her father, Edwin Grech. On the same day, another bomb was sent to Dr. Paul Chetcuti Caruana, but did not detonate. December 16th, 1989During the holiday season, christmas was nearbut there was an individual spiteful enough to senda mail bomb to a man called Robert Smith Vance. Vance was killed at his home in Mountain Brook Alabama. When opening a package containing amail bomb. Vance unfortunately couldn't escapethis bomb and was killed instantly. While his wifeHelen suffered from serious injuries. "The Postal Service shall have as its basic function theobligation to provide postal services to bind the Nationtogether through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities." -USPS Website -Comparing "questioned" and "known" handwriting, typewriting, commercial printing or mechanical impressions-Analyzing paper and ink-Restoring eradicated and obliterated impressions -Visualizing indented handwriting impressions-Detecting altered and counterfeited impressions -Desktop computers-Laptop computers-Cellular phones-MP3 devices-Digital cameras and camcorders-Personal Digital assistance devices (PDA's)-Any storage device that may hold digital media
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