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Fig.1 Krönlein shot.

Krönlein shot

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Krönlein shot indicates a prolapse of an intact brain hemisphere or, more rarely, of both brain hemispheres in…
Fig.1 Gunshot wound with muzzle imprint.

Gunshot wound with muzzle imprint

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A gunshot wound is an injury caused by a bullet or other projectile fired from a weapon, such…
Fig.1 Mummified body.

Mummified body

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Mummification occurs in hot, dry environments. The body dehydrates and bacterial proliferation may be minimal. The skin becomes…
Fig.1

Mentally ill woman killed her mentally ill mother

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Russia. A mentally ill woman killed her mentally ill mother in their shared apartment. The daughter used a…
Fig.1 Homeless man found dead in concrete shelter.

Homeless man found dead in concrete shelter

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This homeless man was found dead inside a concrete shelter. The body showed. evidence of postmortem animal scavenging.…
Fig.1 Putrified body of a missing man.

Putrified body of a missing man

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Los Angeles, US. This individual had been missing for a month when his body was found. No further…

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Fig.1 Fungal colonies growing on the face of a decomposing corpse.

Fungal colonies growing on the face of a decomposing corpse

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Although putrefaction is a mainly anaerobic bacterial reduction process, decomposition is dominated by aerobic microbiological processes that may…
Fig.1 Adipocere on a corpse.

Adipocere on a corpse

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Saponification is the process of the conversion of fatty tissue to adipocere. Saponification usually occurs in unoxygenated, alkaline,…
Fig.1 Crushing head injury.

Crushing head injury

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This individual has a fatal crushing injury to his head, no further info. A crushing brain injury causes…
Fig.1 Worker crushed by a building under construction.

Worker crushed by a building under construction

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Spain. This individual died after getting crushed by a building under construction. No further info. Fig.1 Worker crushed…
Fig.1 Patterned abraded contusion.

Patterned abraded contusion

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Patterned injury on the gluteal area of a victim who jumped from the 5th floor of a building,…
Fig.1 Gunshot wound tattooing.

Gunshot wound tattooing

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Tattooing results fom close range discharge, with gunpowder particles being impregnated into the skin. The dispersion pattern and…
Fig.1 Carbonized corpse prepared for dental identification.

Carbonized corpse

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Carbonized corpse prepared for dental identification. Postmortem identification represents one of the great branches of study and research…
Fig.1 Typical postmortem changes combined with mud and debris.

Body recovered from water

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Typical postmortem changes combined with mud and debris as well as sloughing of the skin of the hands…
Fig.1 Pugilistic attitude of a burned body.

Pugilistic attitude of a burned body

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Nassau County, New York. This photo depicts the position the body assumes as a result of intense heat…

Bodies of missing couple found buried in a vegetable garden

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September, 2020 - Jacareí, Brazil. An elderly man identified as Benedito Moreira was arrested on Tuesday, September 22,…
Fig.1 Stellate-shaped contact wound of the forehead.

Stellate-shaped contact wound of the forehead

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In contact gunshot wounds with bony tissue underlying the injury, the injuries are typically called a stellate wound,…
Fig.1 Victim of hemorrhaging peptic ulcer.

Victim of hemorrhaging peptic ulcer

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Victim of hemorrhaging peptic ulcer found on the floor in his bathroom. Note the brown color of the…
Fig.1 Ignition of a human body by a modest external source.

Ignition of a human body by a modest external source

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Switzerland. In October 2006, around 12 a.m., the Geneva Police Department police were informed that the body of…
Fig.1 Extensive destruction caused by an explosive device.

Extensive destruction caused by an explosive device

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Spain. Extensive destruction caused by an explosive device. No further info. Fig.1 Extensive destruction caused by an explosive…
Fig.1 The victim’s penis, tongue, armpit, and ears.

Man with a sexual fetish keeps his victim’s penis, tongue, armpit, and ears

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Pontiac, Michigan. In a police interview, a man admitted to having gay tendencies at the age of seven.…
Fig.1 Skin slippage.

Skin slippage

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Skin slippage is a part of the decomposition process when the top layers of skin become disconnected from…
Fig.1 The deceased in supine position with whitish material in the region of the mouth. Note the fastened belt around the neck as well as bag filled with plaster.

Complex suicide: Self-strangulation and plaster ingestion

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A recently deceased 48-year-old male was found supine, in a wooded area (Fig.1). There was a belt around…
Fig.1 This man was assaulted by unknown means. He was found in a state of mild decomposition.

Defleshing the head for visualization of skull injuries

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When attempting to identify the remains of an unknown decomposed individual, it may be necessary to deflesh the…
Fig.1 Thermal charring.

Thermal charring

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Thermal charring (“fourth degree burns”). If an individual dies in a fire that continues to burn after death,…
Fig.1 Patterned lacerations from a hammer.

Patterned lacerations from a hammer

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Patterned lacerations from the claw end of a hammer. Claw hammers have the specific characteristic of having two…
Fig.1 Postmortem feeding from fish and crustaceans.

Postmortem feeding from fish and crustaceans

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Postmortem feeding from fish and crustaceans found on this body retrieved from the ocean. No further info. Bodies…
Fig.1 Piquerism.

Piquerism

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Multiple stab wounds into the back consistent with piquerism in a case of sexual homicide. Piquerism (from the…

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Fig.13

Occultist woman dismembers boyfriend after sex

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Russia - 2018. A 21-year-old Russian woman has been detained after confessing to dismembering the body of her…
Fig.1 Woman hit by train.

Woman hit by train

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Frontal aspect of a train after collision with a 63-year-old woman who remained standing between the rails in…
Fig.1 The state in which the individual was found.

Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning

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Spain. This middle-aged man committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, he connected the exhaust to a tube that…
Fig.1 Contact wound of the left breast.

Contact wound of the left breast

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Contact wound of the left breast from a double barrel 0.12 gauge shotgun with a muzzle impression from…
Fig.1 Facial dissection.

Facial dissection

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Facial dissection. Facial fractures may not be visualized by radiologic imaging techniques. In this case it was important…
Fig.1 A garbage truck driver under the influence of drugs did not see his coworker behind him and reversed his truck over him.

Man crushed by garbage truck

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A garbage truck driver under the influence of drugs did not see his coworker behind him and reversed…
Fig.1 Circular saw cuts of neck.

Circular saw cuts of the neck

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Circular saw cuts of the neck in a suicide, no further info. Accidental table saw injuries are common…
Fig.1 Cranial burst from a contact gunshot wound to the forehead

Cranial burst from a contact gunshot wound to the forehead

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Cranial burst from a contact gunshot wound to the forehead. No further info. In the head, neck, and…

Man dead after playing with a .40 caliber handgun

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27-year-old man was playing with a .40 caliber handgun and accidentally shot himself in the head. No further…
Fig.1 Maxillary fractures caused by shotgun blast.

Maxillary fractures caused by shotgun blast

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Spain. Maxillary fractures caused by shotgun blast suicide with entrance via the oral cavity. No further info. In…
Fig.1 Wasps drinking "death nectar" on a scavenged human limb.

Wasps drinking “death nectar” on a scavenged human limb

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Various insects may take advantage of the nutritional factors a decomposing body has to offer whether through natural…
Fig.1 Detruncation after a fall from a height in rough terrain.

Detruncation after a fall from a height in rough terrain

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This individual fell from a height in rough terrain, and the body was cut in half from the…
Fig.1 Purging of putrefactive fluid from mouth and nostrils.

Purging of putrefactive fluid from mouth and nostrils

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This individual has greenish putrefaction skin discoloration and purging of putrefactive fluid from mouth and nostrils. During the…
Fig.1 A suicide that resulted in decapitation.

A suicide that resulted in decapitation

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This is the case of a 41-year-old male with a two-year history of depressed mood, for which he…

The bloating stage

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Associated with putrefaction is the production of gases. These gases, primarily located in the abdomen, cause the body…
Fig.1 Suicide by hanging.

Suicide by hanging

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Spain. Suicide by hanging with two turns of the ligature and detail of the two furrows and jugular…

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Fig.11

Metalhead decapitates his love crush

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Germany - February 20, 2008. 32-year-old Matthias Schoormann, AKA Troll, had played guitar in a black metal band…
Fig.1 Powder tattooing from intermediate range gunshot wound.

Powder tattooing from intermediate range gunshot wound

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Powder tattooing is seen in this intermediate range gunshot wound. The actual entrance site is somewhat irregular, because…
Fig.2 Fentanyl patch in her mouth.

Fentanyl patch in mouth of dead woman

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USA. A 37-year-old woman was found dead on a sofa. Foam cone from nose and mouth. 100 ug/hr…
Fig.1 Left lateral view of the head showing extensive lacerations to the face and head.

Blunt- and sharp-force trauma in a man fatally assaulted

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Australia. This middle aged adult male has blunt- and sharp-force trauma injuries to the head and neck after…
Fig.1 Skull blown off in air conditioner compressor explosion death.

Skull blown off in air conditioner compressor explosion death

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India. On a fateful day, a 27-year-old mechanic was fixing the compressor of a nonworking AC when there…

Couple murdered in their new Santa Barbara home

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On May 2, 2009, at approximately 1:30 in the morning, attorneys Barbara Scharton and Daniel Lyons, were murdered…
Fig.1 Shotgun suicide.

Shotgun suicide

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This individual committed suicide using a shotgun, no further info. The head is the most common location for…
Fig.2 Skin slippage and expansion of the scrotum due to gas accumulation.

Scrotal enlargement from gas formation

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There are five stages of decomposition, namely fresh, bloated, active decay, advanced decay, and skeletal stage. These stages…
Fig.1 Nitrous oxide death.

Nitrous oxide death

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Spain. There was no info if this was a suicide or an accident. Nitrous oxide is an inflammable…
Fig.1 Gags used for suffocation.

Gags used for suffocation

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Spain. Homicide. Gagging is a form of asphyxia which results from forcing a gag such as rolled up…
Fig.1 Multiple irregularly distributed deep stab wounds.

Multiple irregularly distributed deep stab wounds

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Multiple irregularly distributed deep stab wounds to the head and back: homicide by a perpetrator suffering from paranoid…
Fig.1 Compound fracture of the left tibia and fibula.

Compound fracture of the left tibia and fibula

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The forces necessary to cause skeletal fracture is usually significantly greater but may be dependent on the condition…
Fig.1 This was how the victim presented at the crime scene.

Autoerotic death from Whippits nitrous oxide cartridges

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Lenexa, Kansas, US. Police were dispatched to an apartment complex at the request of a resident, who advised…
Fig.1 Animal predation by a dog.

Animal predation by a dog

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Russia. This individual died at his home from thromboembolism, he was found a week later, during that time…
Fig.1 Marbling.

Marbling

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Marbling is a common finding usually found after at least 24 h since death occurred and is a…
Fig.3 Upper torso covered with cheese underneath upper body tights.

Man covered in cheese found dead after autoerotic activity

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Germany. A 40-year-old man who lived alone was found deceased in his apartment on the 13th floor of…
Fig.1 Contact gunshot wound from a shotgun slug.

Contact gunshot wound from a shotgun slug

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Contact gunshot wound from a shotgun slug. The entrance wound can be seen under the chin and the…

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Fig.1 Woman decapitated by her husband.

Woman decapitated by her husband

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A 41-year-old woman, from Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Nepal, who was decapitated by her husband in their bedroom. The victim…
Fig.1 Under the chin suicide.

Under the chin suicide

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This individual committed suicide with a gunshot under the chin using a rifle also resulting in a complete…
Fig.3 At autopsy, the distribution of postmortem lividities was comparable to that found at the time of death.

Woman dies from traumatic asphyxia

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Italy. The victim was a 56-year-old woman whose body was found by the rescue team to be in…
Fig.2 One of the caretakers was shot point blank in the face with a shotgun while napping in a hammock.

Paramilitary group kills two caretakers

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An armed paramilitary group of about 30 men invaded the La Ceiba estate in sector Marimonda I, in…

Natural death due to a ruptured aneurysm

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USA. This apparent case of a sex slaying is actually a natural death due to a ruptured aneurysm.…
Fig.1 Contact gunshot wound with stellate blow back lacerations.

Contact gunshot wound with stellate blow back lacerations

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Contact gunshot wound with stellate blow back lacerations and singeing. In contact gunshot wounds with bony tissue underlying…

Suicide of a 53-year-old woman

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Suicide of a 53-year-old woman who inflicted cuts to both sides of her neck and to the flexor…
Fig.1 Explosive-induced trauma.

Explosive-induced trauma

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Explosive-induced trauma of the upper posterior part of the trunk with decapitation and gaping lacerations of the superior…

The five stages of decomposition

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Decomposition of a corpse is a continual process that can take from weeks to years, depending on the…
Fig.1 Black putrefaction.

Black putrefaction

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Body in stages of black putrefaction. Black putrefaction is the stage where the exposed flesh blackens, and the…
Fig.1 Body recovered from the bank of a swamp.

Body recovered from the bank of a swamp

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The body of a 35-year-old woman was recovered from the bank of a swamp in the southeastern United…
Fig.1 The individual’s body upon jumping from a fourth story window.

Woman jumps out of window

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Spain. A middle-aged woman suffering from major depressive disorder who jumped out of a fourth floor window in…
Fig.1 Identification of a bomb victim.

Identification of a bomb victim

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Identification may sometimes be challenging when the victim has severe injuries. This individual has facial injuries from a…
Fig.1 Adipocere can occur in warm, wet environments.

Adipocere can occur in warm, wet environments

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Adipocere, also known as corpse wax, grave wax or mortuary wax, is a wax-like organic substance formed by…
Fig.1 A woman was found prone on the floor next to her bed.

A woman murdered in her home

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A woman was found prone on the floor next to her bed with her nightgown displaced upward, exposing…
Fig.1 Skeletonized corpse.

Skeletonized corpse

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Inspection of teeth in a skeletonized corpse. The teeth and dental restorations are the strongest elements in the…

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Fig.2 The body of the mother and the dumbbell.

Mentally ill man killed his mentally ill mother

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Russia. A mentally ill man killed his mentally ill mother. According to the son, the mother was possessed…
Fig.1 Gunshot wound from a .357 Magnum.

Gunshot wound from a .357 Magnum

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Distant-range wounds of the right side of the face (from a .357 Magnum revolver). Irregular, cruciform, or stellate…
Fig.1 Adipocere formation.

Adipocere formation

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Adipocere formation occurs by alteration of subcutaneous fat of a corpse into a grey-white lipid mixture. With time,…
Fig.1 Man run over by a train.

Man run over by a train

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Spain. This 55-year-old male was run over by a train with the intention of committing suicide. His family…
Fig.1 A pacemaker on a cadaver being dissected.

A pacemaker on a cadaver being dissected

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This cadaver is being dissected by medical students. A pacemaker can be seen on the chest. The modern…
Fig.1 Bloated body.

Bloated body

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Toronto, Canada. Body is bloated with increased internal gases heightened during mid-stages of putrifaction. Note the bagging of…
Fig.1 Man drove his car at speed into a bus.

Man drove his car at speed into a bus

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Penetration of the wrist and chest by a wooden component of a bus seat. The victim drove his…

Death by drowning at sea and skin peeling

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If a body is placed in water containing a large amount of bacteria, such as that from sewage…

Man cuts roommate up into thousands of pieces

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2012. The New York Police Department (NYPD) received a call informing them of a possible homicide. The informant…
Fig.1 Hanging with mummified body.

Hanging with mummified body

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Spain. Mummification occurs in hot, dry environments. The body dehydrates and bacterial proliferation may be minimal. The skin…
Fig.1 Multiple wounds to the scalp from a knife.

Multiple wounds to the scalp from a knife

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Spain. Homicide carried out by two attackers at the same time; one with a normal knife, and another…
Fig.1 Postmortem animal predation.

Postmortem animal predation

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This individual has signs of postmortem (after death) animal scavenging around the mouth, made by a dog that…

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Fig.1 Autopsy results with representative chop injuries at the head’s crown.

Fatal chop injuries from a meat cleaver

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Germany. A young, initially unidentified female was found dead in public on a snowy winter day. She was…
Fig.1 Advanced decomposition.

Advanced decomposition

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Advanced decomposition is characterized by an extremely bloated, greasy, and darkened body. This is the decomposed body of…
Fig.1 This individual has a contact-range gunshot wound on the forehead.

A large stellate contact entrance wound of the forehead

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This individual committed suicide by gunshot wound of the forehead. A large stellate contact entrance wound of the…
Fig.1 Fungal colonies growing on the face of a decomposing corpse.

Fungal colonies growing on the face of a decomposing corpse

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Although putrefaction is a mainly anaerobic bacterial reduction process, decomposition is dominated by aerobic microbiological processes that may…
Fig.1 Near-complete skeletonization of face by maggot mass.

Near-complete skeletonization of face by maggot mass

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Maggots are the larval form of flies. Flies lay their eggs in small and sometimes large bulky clusters…