Thursday, August 11, 2011

Identical Twins Create Eyewitness Testimony Problems

This is an odd one. There's a story over at the New York Times about a murder investigation in Arizona that has been complicated by the fact that the shooter is one of a pair of identical twins, both of whom were present at the scene.

“Every investigation, as simple as it may look at face value, has certain levels of complexity,” said Detective Seth Tyler of the Chandler Police Department. “When you respond to a scene like this, where you have a few hundred people who may have witnessed the crime, and people are saying different things, that complicates it. Then, to top it all off, you have twins who were both there.”

It reminds me of a pair of identical twin crooks we had in the sleepy little burg where I work. Usually one of them would always claim to be the other when one of them had outstanding warrants. Their little game worked pretty well until one of the brothers tattooed his name on his arm. From then on when they were stopped we'd have them roll up their sleeves and check their tats.

I'm glad that identical twins are pretty rare, especially ones that are also crooks.

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