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Epitaph - An Unforgeable Signature Television (Full Length) – 1999 Documentary

Epitaph - An Unforgeable Signature

Television (Full Length) – 1999 Documentary

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In the 13th episode of Epitaph's second season, Paul Gittins goes digging in Waikumete Cemetery. The epitaph for 25-year old convicted murderer Dennis Gunn, hanged in 1920  for shooting the Ponsonby Postmaster, includes an intriguing inscription: "sadly wronged". Gittins unearths the story of a post office robbery, and the first conviction in New Zealand based on fingerprint identification. The judge called the print an "unforgeable signature". Before he died, Gunn claimed innocence: "if only my brother-in-law will speak up I will be saved".

In what was claimed to be a world first for a capital crime, Gunn’s conviction was based almost entirely on fingerprint evidence.
– Website NZ History, on the Dennis Gunn case