Ruptured Brain Aneurysm

Types Gunshot Wounds

FIGURE 3.6 Brown and yellow injuries with no bleeding are postmortem injuries. The injuries to this woman's back occurred after her death from head trauma. FIGURE 3.8 This is a laceration with surrounding abrasion and contusion. The man fell and hit his head while he was dying from heart disease. FIGURE 3.8 This is a laceration with surrounding abrasion and contusion. The man fell and hit his head while he was dying from heart disease. FIGURE 3.5 The scraping away of the skin is an abrasion....

Drugs Prescribed For Gun Shot Wounds

Drugs may be the cause of death, contribute to the cause of death, or contribute to the circumstances surrounding a death. There are many different types of drugs, both legal and illicit, that may be the cause of death. Any drug or chemical taken in excess can cause death. This includes illicit drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and prescription drugs. Common drugs of abuse encountered in death cases include ethyl alcohol, barbiturates, pain killers, stimulants such as cocaine and...

Circumstances Surrounding Death

Thin White Man

Identifications may be impossible to make based on the few remains discovered at the scene however, the circumstances in which the remains are discovered may allow an identification to be made. For example, if only a few pieces of a body are located in a burned-out house, an identification cannot be made based on any scientific testing. But, if the owner of the house was last seen in the house, or if there is no other reason to believe the remains are those of someone else, a pre- FIGURE 2.2...

Undetermined Natural Causes

Human Brain Aneurysm Autopsy

At least 1-2 of the deaths in a busy forensic jurisdiction will be undetermined and a majority of those will be due to natural causes. The autopsy will be negative. The pathologist will be unable to find a cause of death after a complete autopsy that includes microscopic and toxicological studies. Such decedents tend to be younger individuals who have had no previous injuries or medical problems. The mechanism of death in these cases must be an arrhythmia of the heart however, the cause cannot...

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Crib Death

Raccoon Eyes Trauma

A diagnosis of SIDS requires a complete autopsy and scene investigation. The diagnosis can only be made if both the scene and the autopsy are negative or unremarkable. There is no probable cause of death. There may be minor injuries to the external body by CPR and insects anthropophagia these must not be confused with injuries. figure 14.1 These spectacle hemorrhages raccoon's eyes were caused by blows to the side of the head. There do not have to be fractures of the skull to have spectacle...