Death To Dust: What Happens To Dead Bodies?
Death Investigation: The Basics
Investigation: the Basics
168 pages. Bibliography, index
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The manner of death can be natural, accidental, homicide, or suicide.
combat the intense odor of a decomposing body, take a big gulp
of air and proceed with the investigation.
many U.S. locales, coroners need not be forensic pathologists,
or even physicians.
time of death cannot be determined solely from a corpse's condition.
cause of death should never be listed as asystole, cardiac arrest,
or respiratory arrest.
death investigators may share, or have no, jurisdiction on Indian
reservations, military bases, or in state prisons.
powder stippling with a distribution diameter of approximately
6 inches suggests the weapon was fired from 1 to 2 feet away from
after death, blood will settle (pool) at the lowest part of the
suspicious deaths, and deaths of hit-and-run victims, prison inmates,
and public transportation drivers require autopsies.
contact wounds, both the bullet and propellant gases enter the
body, producing a star-shaped wound as the skin is split.
5,000 and 6,000 infants die each year of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS). A determination of SIDS should be made only after an extensive
and thorough investigation according to the guidelines of the
Centers for Disease Control.
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