In the Palm of his Hand

An outlaw learned the hard way that a palm print was strong evidence.

Ben Kuhl was caught red-handed—so to speak. He and two pals pulled the last stagecoach robbery in the West on December 5, 1916. They killed the driver, who was on his route just outside Jarbidge, Nevada, and got away with $4,000.

But investigators—already suspecting Kuhl—discovered a bloody palm print on a mail sack at the scene. An expert matched the print to Kuhl’s palm, the first time such evidence had ever been used. As a result, the outlaw was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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