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NCJ Number: NCJ 242054     Find in a Library
Title: Gunshot Residues on Dry Bone After Decomposition—A Pilot Study
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Author(s): Anna Taborelli, B.Sc., Ph.D. ; Daniele Gibelli, M.D. ; Agostino Rizzi, B.Sc. ; Salvatore Andreola, M.D. ; Alberto Brandone, B.Sc. ; Cristina Cattaneo, Ph.D., M.D.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1281 to 1284
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 4
  Annotation: This study examined radiochemical and microscopic analyses of gunshot wounds in decomposed material, and skeletonized samples.
Abstract: Very little literature exists concerning radiochemical and microscopic analyses of gunshot wounds in decomposed material, and even less concerning skeletonized samples; the most advanced technologies may provide useful indications for the diagnosis of suspect lesions, especially if gunshot wounds are no longer recognizable. However, one knows very little of the survival of gunshot residues (GSR) in skeletonized samples. This study examined nine gunshot wounds produced on pig heads which then underwent skeletonization for 4 years, and four gunshot entries on human heads from judicial cases which were then macerated to the bone in water; the samples underwent scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray (SEM-EDX) analysis. Positive results for GSR were observed only in four of the nine animal samples and in all four human samples. Among the human samples, two lesions showed Pb and Sb, one lesion only Pb, and one Pb, Sb, and Ba. This pilot study showed the survival of GSR in skeletal material and therefore the crucial importance of SEM-EDX analyses on skeletonized material. Further studies are needed in order to ascertain the role of environmental modifications of GSR. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Bone analysis ; Gunshot residue ; Scientific techniques ; Forensic anthropology
Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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