posted on Dec, 8 2004 @ 04:26 PM
1: One should always look for a possible alternative and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation."
2: "I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of
theories to suit facts."
3: "Use your time sparingly. Determine what you have. Then determine what you need. Then look for what you need in the place where it must be."
4: There is nothing so important as trifles. Never trust to general impressions, but concentrate yourself upon details."
5: "Singularity is almost invariably a clue."
6: "It is a mistake to confound strangeness with mystery. The most commonplace crime is often the most mysterious, because it presents no new or
special features from which deductions may be drawn."
7: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
'Shou' means 'long life' but ...
The earliest account of someone using insects to solve a murder comes from Ancient China. A peasant had been hacked to death. The investigator, Sun
T'zu, asked all the villagers to bring their harvesting sickles and lay them on the ground. Neighbourhood flies that could sense odours not detected
by humans, settled on one of the sickles that contained small traces of human tissue. Thus the murderer was identified and he confessed his crime....