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Bloody handprints on window at Tampa police headquarters just fakes

Two fake bloody handprints, now gone, on a window at police headquarters were visible from Madison Street.

KERI WIGINTON | Times

Two fake bloody handprints, now gone, on a window at police headquarters were visible from Madison Street.

TAMPA — For some time, if you glanced up from Madison Street at the Tampa police headquarters, there was a worrisome sight four stories up — a window with what looked to be two bloody handprints, with more blood dripping down.

Some kind of dungeon on the fourth floor? No.

It turns out the window is in the office of crime scene technician Chuck Simmons, a 16-year veteran. He posted the pair of handprints on his window and another on his file cabinet as a part of his Halloween decor.

The forensics department chips in to make the whole fourth floor hall extra spooky, with graveyards, skeletons and finger cookies, said TPD spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

But it's almost Christmas, so after we inquired, the bosses asked the forensics guys to take the handprints down.

No more hand prints.

Until next year.

Bloody handprints on window at Tampa police headquarters just fakes 12/11/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2009 11:19pm]
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