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Death Investigation Factoids

FROM

Death Investigation: the Basics

Brad Randall, M.D.

1-883620-24-4
168 pages. Bibliography, index
$24.95 Softcover
©1997, Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ

  • The manner of death can be natural, accidental, homicide, or suicide.
  • To combat the intense odor of a decomposing body, take a big gulp of air and proceed with the investigation.
  • In many U.S. locales, coroners need not be forensic pathologists, or even physicians.
  • Exact time of death cannot be determined solely from a corpse's condition.
  • The cause of death should never be listed as asystole, cardiac arrest, or respiratory arrest.
  • Local death investigators may share, or have no, jurisdiction on Indian reservations, military bases, or in state prisons.
  • Granular powder stippling with a distribution diameter of approximately 6 inches suggests the weapon was fired from 1 to 2 feet away from the victim.
  • Immediately after death, blood will settle (pool) at the lowest part of the body.
  • Homicides, suspicious deaths, and deaths of hit-and-run victims, prison inmates, and public transportation drivers require autopsies.
  • In contact wounds, both the bullet and propellant gases enter the body, producing a star-shaped wound as the skin is split.
  • Between 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.

©2001, Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ

 

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