skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 171252 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Rape and Bite Marks: The Use of Forensic Odontology and Ultraviolet Lighting
Journal: Policing  Volume:20  Issue:2  Dated:(1997)  Pages:223-234
Author(s): P Gray-Ray; C Hensley; E Brennan
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Case histories of men who committed serial rape/murder are presented to illustrate the value of forensic odontology in the analysis of human bite mark injuries.
Abstract: Forensic odontology has proven to be accurate and important in violent rape cases, especially since the perpetrator bites his victim in almost all such cases. Bite mark evidence is usually first observed by the police investigator, coroner, or pathologist on a body at the scene of a violent sex crime. The forensic odontologist is specially trained in techniques for obtaining proper impressions, cast preparation, and final comparison of bite mark and teeth impressions. After the victim has been photographed, the forensic odontologist uses ultraviolet or infrared illumination to expose bruises and bite marks under the skin. Because bite mark evidence can be invisible to the naked eye, ultraviolet photography is important in uncovering and enhancing such evidence. Saliva samples should also be collected from victims and/or suspects for analysis. Case studies of bite mark evidence indicate forensic odontology and ultraviolet lighting are beneficial in the capture of serial rapists and murderers. 27 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Criminal investigation; Criminalistics; Dental analysis; Evidence identification; Forensic sciences; Male offenders; Murderers; Rape; Saliva sample analysis; Serial murders; Serial rapists; Suspect identification; Victim identification; Violent crimes; Violent men; Violent offenders
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.