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NCJ Number: 98732 Find in a Library
Title: Bitemarks Made by Denture Teeth - A Case Study
Journal: Canadian Journal of Forensic Science  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(1984)  Pages:62-72
Author(s): D J McFarlane
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper describes the preservation and presentation of denture-bite evidence that assisted the Crown (Canada) in obtaining a murder conviction.
Abstract: Forensic experts used several techniques to present the dental evidence. The techniques involved the preparation of a stone model of the three-dimensional bitemark on the victim's right breast and the use of life-size photographs and acetate overlays of the accused's bite characteristics as well as a fingerprint-like comparison technique. Since the upper right cuspid tooth on the accused's denture was characteristically worn, the bitemark made by this tooth was incriminating. The detailed comparison of these bite characteristics made the case particularly interesting to forensic analysts. The paper provides detailed descriptions of the steps in evidence preservation, comparison procedures, evidence confirmation, and evidence presentation. Photographs portray the various forensic techniques used. Four references are listed.
Index Term(s): Canada; Case studies; Dental analysis; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Forensic pathology; Homicide investigations
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