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NCJ Number: 113812 Find in a Library
Title: Experimental Evaluation of Rigor Mortis. VII. Effect of Ante- and Post-Mortem Electrocution on the Evolution of Rigor Mortis
Journal: Forensic Science International  Volume:38  Issue:1-2  Dated:(July-August 1988)  Pages:27-35
Author(s): T Krompecher; C Bergerioux
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Ireland
Annotation: The influence of electrocution on the evolution of rigor mortis was studied on rats.
Abstract: Our experiments showed that: (1) Electrocution hastens the onset of rigor mortis. After an electrocution of 90 s, a complete rigor develops already 1 h post-mortem (p.m.) compared to 5 h p.m. for the controls. (2) Electrocution hastens the passing of rigor mortis. After an electrocution of 90 s, the first significant decrease occurs at 3 h p.m. (8 h p.m. in the controls). (3) These modifications in rigor mortis evolution are less pronounced in the limbs not directly touched by the electric current. (4) In case of post-mortem electrocution, the changes are slightly less pronounced, the resistance is higher and the absorbed energy is lower as compared with the ante-mortem electrocution cases. The results are completed by two practical observations on human electrocution cases. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Time of death determination
Index Term(s): Forensic pathology
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