General Discussion

Multiple incised and/or stab wounds of the neck, face, and extremities (so-called "defense" wounds) are usually caused by an assailant. Multiple incised wounds of varying depths on the neck or wrists suggest a suicide. Superficially incised wounds adjacent to a major incised wound are referred to as hesitation marks and are characteristic of self-inflicted injuries. A body sustaining tens or hundreds of stab and incised wounds is characteristic of a situation known as "overkill" which usually occurs in a highly emotional setting such as one involving sex and/or drugs.

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figure 12.1 Rarely is the weapon discovered in the wound. Matching the weapon to a wound cannot be done with certainty unless the tip of the blade breaks off and can be matched to the weapon.

figure 12.2 A single-edged knife with a 6"-long and 1"-wide blade can cause a stab wound 6" or more in depth. A wound this deep will be an inch or more on the outside of the body. The wound will also have one blunt angle and one sharp angle.

Gunshot Wounds
figure 12.3 Stab wounds. The wound on the left has one blunt angle and one sharp angle (darker arrow).

figure 12.4 The skin's elasticity will cause wounds to have different shapes. This wound was caused by a thin blade; however, the wound is rounder due to the skin's elasticity.

Gun Shot Wound Images
figure 12.5 These two stab wounds were caused by the same weapon. The skin was cut around the upper wound causing the wound to look much different than the wound's appearance when first seen.
Stab Wounds The Chest
figure 12.6 Multiple stab wounds to the chest, caused by the same knife. This is an "overkill." Drugs and sex must be considered when overkills occur.
Gunshot Wounds The Chest
figure 12.7 Wound angles may not be easily evaluated when the wounds dry. The examiner must be conservative when interpreting the angles in such cases.
Facial Stab Wounds
figure 12.9 Multiple incised wounds of the face are considered homicidal. This man received these in a fight in a bar.
Children Gunshot Photos
figure 12.8 This child was stabbed multiple times by a drugged uncle. The bowel protruded from one of the wounds of the abdomen (arrow).
Pictures Gun Shot Wounds
figure 12.10 Multiple stab wounds of the neck and chest. These are homicidal wounds.
Superficial Wound Images
figure 12.11 Superficial incised wounds of the neck may be self-inflicted.
Drowned Boy Slit Throat Table
figure 12.12 This boy and the rest of his family were killed by two men. He drowned after his throat was cut and he was thrown into a pond. See next photo.
Hesitation Marks Suicide
figure 12.13 The boy's neck wounds were superficial and did not contribute to death.
Autopsy Photo Neck Wounds
figure 12.14 Deep incised wounds to the neck may be either suicidal or homicidal. In this case, the multiple superficial incised wounds (hesitation marks) are signs of a suicide.
Gun Shot Wound

figure 12.15 Deep incised wounds of the neck. There are no hesitation marks. This was a homicide.

Hesitation Marks Suicide

figure 12.16 This woman was talking on the phone with her mother when a man entered her apartment and killed her. See next photo.

figure 12.15 Deep incised wounds of the neck. There are no hesitation marks. This was a homicide.

figure 12.16 This woman was talking on the phone with her mother when a man entered her apartment and killed her. See next photo.

Severed Larynx
figure 12.17 Her windpipe (larynx) was severed, causing her to suffocate. Few blood vessels were cut. The abrasions on her chin are "rug burns." See next photo.
Gun Shot Wounds Arm
figure 12.18 A side view reveals the clean deep cuts with no hesitation marks.
Gunshot Wounds The Arm
figure 12.19 This incised wound of the arm occurred when the decedent raised his arm in a defensive posture.
Raised Wound From Burn

figure 12.20 Incised wounds to the fingers from grabbing the assailant's knife.

Pictures Knife Wounds

figure 12.21 Stab wound of the arm from defending herself. The entrance is on the lower right.

figure 12.20 Incised wounds to the fingers from grabbing the assailant's knife.

figure 12.21 Stab wound of the arm from defending herself. The entrance is on the lower right.

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figure 12.24 Suicide attempt. The cuts to the arm went in the wrong direction. The decedent decided to hang himself when the knife didn't work. The arrow points to an old scar from a previous attempt.
Chainsaw Wounds
figure 12.25 Scars and incised wounds in a "jumper." See next photo.
Chain Saw Wounds

FIGURE 12.28 Incised wound of the neck from a chainsaw. See next Photo-

The man was trimming a tree when the chainsaw kicked back into his neck.

FIGURE 12.28 Incised wound of the neck from a chainsaw. See next Photo-

The man was trimming a tree when the chainsaw kicked back into his neck.

Traumatic Gunshot Wounds
figure 12.30 The man was killed by blunt trauma to the head by his stepson. The stepson attempted to cut off the head in order to find the "microfilm" in his stepfather's head. Notice the head was placed over a pan to keep from making a mess. See next photo.
Traumatic Gunshot Wounds
figure 12.31 Another view, showing the saw. The stepson confessed to the crime and stated he stopped sawing after he became tired.
Gunshot Wounds Pictures
figure 12.32 Postmortem incised wounds of the genitalia and breasts.
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