Title

Effects of Sharp Force Trauma on Defleshed Sus domesticus Long Bones: An Examination of Channel Characteristics and Fracture Patterns

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Criminal Justice Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Misty Weitzel

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the plausibility of identifying the class of weapon behind sharp force trauma based on fracture patterns and channel characteristics. The researchers used a variety of instruments to inflict sharp force trauma to the defleshed femurs of domestic pigs (Sus domesticus). The fracture patterns as well as any striations or unique channel characteristics were analyzed using Leica EZ4 binocular microscopes. The results indicate that it is possible to narrow the class (axe, long bladed knife/machete, toothed instrument, etc.) of sharp force trauma inflicted upon the long bones.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

Effects of Sharp Force Trauma on Defleshed Sus domesticus Long Bones: An Examination of Channel Characteristics and Fracture Patterns

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The purpose of this study was to determine the plausibility of identifying the class of weapon behind sharp force trauma based on fracture patterns and channel characteristics. The researchers used a variety of instruments to inflict sharp force trauma to the defleshed femurs of domestic pigs (Sus domesticus). The fracture patterns as well as any striations or unique channel characteristics were analyzed using Leica EZ4 binocular microscopes. The results indicate that it is possible to narrow the class (axe, long bladed knife/machete, toothed instrument, etc.) of sharp force trauma inflicted upon the long bones.