…And they called in George J. Lacy. He’s the head of the FBI in fingerprint and documents, the best there is in the world, the best in the United States. So being American, we say he was the best in the world to us. ~Testimony 53-1129
The connection between the FBI and George J. Lacy seems to be a question in regards to Bro. Branham’s statement that George J. Lacy was head of Fingerprints and Documents for the FBI. Yet when reviewing the circumstantial context a solid case can be made that Mr. Lacy, President of the American Society for Questioned Documents Examiners (ASQDE,) worked closely with the FBI. Mr. Lacy’s accomplishments include establishing the Houston Police Crime Laboratory and maintaining a private crime lab. The short bio on the American Society for Questioned Documents Examiners page says as much.
He was responsible for establishing the Houston Police Crime Laboratory. Mr. Lacy maintained a private practice in Houston, Texas for many years. http://www.asqde.org/about/presidents/lacy_g.html
So what is the connection between Mr. Lacy and the FBI? Mr. Lacy worked on cases closely linked to the FBI. One of the most famous George J. Lacy worked on was the Bonnie and Clyde investigation. Bonnie and Clyde were on the FBI’s most wanted up until they were killed in an ambush by a combination of Texas Ranger and law enforcement personnel. George J. Lacy also arrested Charles Ponzi for which the famous Ponzi scheme is named for.
FBI’s Use of Private Contractors
In the beginning under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI used private contractors to research the forensics of a crime scene.
By 1930, the Bureau began using outside experts hired for such work on a case-by-case basis. That same year the Bureau began a criminology library for the use of its agents and support personnel,7 and it took over the collection and publication of uniform crime statistics from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In its new agent training program, the Bureau included expert lecturers on subjects like the use of the comparison of handwritings, the comparison of typewritings, the taking of fingerprints, the classification of fingerprints, moulage, ballistics and similar technical criminological subjects.8
ASQDE Connection With the FBI.
The first case that brought Hoovers’ philosophy of scientific crime scene investigation to the forefront was that of Charles Lindbergh who’s son was kidnapped. In the Lindbergh trial 8 ASQDE experts testified.
In April of 2000 the FBI was revising guidelines for how to handle and examine Questioned Documents. Those guidelines were confirmed by the ASQDE.
Apparently the connection of ASQDE with the FBI has been long and mutually respectful.
Fingerprints and Documents
In Establishing the Houston Police Crime Lab, Mr. Lacy would’ve also been responsible for setting up the policies for dealing with fingerprints. While more research can be done in this area. Latent fingerprint analysis of a documents is part of the process off examining documents.
George J. Lacy was a leading forensic expert, president of the ASQDE and responsible for establishing the Houston Crime Lab. He was the head of his field.
George J. Lacy was completely qualified to make the signed opinion statement that accompanies the picture of the Pillar of Fire over Bro. Branham’s head. We believe it’s relegated to splitting hairs to interpret Bro. Branham’s terminology about George J. Lacy as somehow misleading. While Mr. Lacy may not have been directly employed by the FBI it’s clear the FBI used his organizations skills, that he worked with the FBI on important cases, and that that FBI considered the ASDQE an authority for dealing with Questioned Documents.
Perhaps Mr. Lacy’s respect for Bro. Branham after the investigation of the photograph was shown in that he wrote up the report that accompanies the picture taken at the Houston Coliseum. William Branham tells it in these words.
So then they asked me if I’d draw up a plan with them. The lawyers was there, and everything. The studio had the lawyers. And I said, “I will sign no papers. But Mr. Kipperman and you, if you wish to sell it, make it enough so every person (poor people) can get it.” But I said, “look, another thing I will require for the sacredness of the picture, that Mr. Lacy, that you’ll sign a document, so that the critics will be shut up when they look at it.” I said, “and sign a document. And I will ask you, Mr. Kipperman, and you (in the agreement), that you’re privileged to sell it. I will sign no papers, but you’re privileged to sell it, low priced so the people can get a hold of it, and that no picture can go without a writing signed statement from Mr. Lacy, here, who’s our best in America.” So I’d think it was the best in the world.
And he said, “I will do that.”
And he wrote up a–a thing, what he’d done, and went to the auditorium, he searched to see if it was a double exposure, and there just above the head, where it was settling down, was the big Pillar of Fire a whirling around, and around, and around. ~The Angel of the Lord 51-0718