Electrocution

Electrocution is the sudden and involuntary introduction of large – or persistent – amounts of electricity into the human body. Electrocution is something that kills many people every year and normally it is simply the result of an accident. Many do it yourself enthusiasts have been the unfortunate victims of …

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Asphyxiation

Asphyxiation is something that many people die of throughout the world and it is something that many people think is simply the act of suffocating or smothering a victim until they can no longer breathe. What is Asphyxiation? In actual fact Asphyxiation is the term given to blocking the airway …

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Suffocating and Smothering

Suffocation and smothering are two ways of preventing the intake of air into the lungs via the mouth. Both of these methods have been used throughout the ages as a means of committing murder and in some cases the process was applied because many thought that it could not be …

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Ligature Marks

Ligature marks are those marks made by an item of cord, rope, silk or some such material that has been used for the purposes of strangulation. Ligature marks come in many different patterns and sizes and can be unique to certain fabrics and materials and this is why they are …

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Toxic Gases

Many people throughout the Western world die every year as a result of breathing in toxic gases, which cause their lungs to fail or their hearts to go into cardiac arrest. These gases, which are found not only in industrial environments but also in nature, can be odourless, colourless and …

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Drowning and Forensics

Drowning almost always occurs as a result of an accident. It is quite a staggering and sobering thought that many of those people who drown each year in the United Kingdom do so because they have never been taught how to swim or simply have a morbid fear of water …

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Entrance and Exit Wounds

Entrance and exit wounds are more often than not the result of an individual being shot by an assailant with some kind of firearm. Of course entrance and exit wounds can be made if an individual is stabbed with a large sharp knife or spike but as already mentioned more …

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Blunt Force Trauma

Blunt force trauma is – as its name would suggest – a severe traumatic episode caused to the body or head with the sudden introduction of a blunt instrument used with great force. This can sometimes be caused by an attacker striking out at a victim with their hands, a …

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Bite Marks

Bite marks have now become one of the many different ways in which an assailant can be identified after an attack on another individual. Bite Marks and Crime For the most part bite marks are either present on the victim of a sexually motivated attack or are present on the …

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Defensive Wounds

Defensive wounds are more often than not to be found on the hands of an individual who has been attacked or involved in a fight. These wounds, which are normally to be found around the hands, fingers and arms of the victim – and indeed sometimes the attacker – can …

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