Lip Prints


Diamond grooves, long vertical grooves, short vertical grooves, rectangular grooves and branching grooves, they all sound like something you might find in the carving of wood, but in one instance they are how forensic scientist were able to convict a peeping tom.

Lip printing has not been firmly established in the courts, but is an evolving field in the study of forensic science. Otherwise called cheiloscopy, lip printing focuses on uniqueness of an individuals lip patterns to determine identity.

In one instance in Virginia police were able to lift the lip prints of a peeping tom from his neighbors window, match those to his own lips and convict him on five counts of being a peeping tom.


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