A case of homicidal intraoral gunshot and review of the literature

Berens, Sandra; Ketterer, Thomas; Kneubuehl, Beat P; Thali, Michael J; Ross, Steffen; Bolliger, Stephan (2011). A case of homicidal intraoral gunshot and review of the literature. Forensic science, medicine and pathology, 7(2), pp. 209-12. Totowa, NJ: Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com 10.1007/s12024-010-9201-x

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Determination of the manner of death in case of intraoral firearm wounds can be a challenge, especially if the circumstances of the incident are unclear and crime scene investigation is inadequate. It is a well-known fact that the mouth is one of the selected sites for suicide with firearms. Homicidal shooting through the mouth is said to be rare, but does occur, and can be mistaken for a suicide. For discrimination between suicide and homicide in cases of intraoral firearm wounds, some useful points are the site of entry wound, the direction of the internal bullet path, the range of fire and the circumstances of death. We demonstrate these points in a case of a homicidal gunshot to the mouth assessed by both classical autopsy and post-mortem CT (PMCT).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging

UniBE Contributor:

Berens, Sandra; Ketterer, Thomas; Kneubühl, Beat P.; Thali, Michael; Ross, Steffen and Bolliger, Stephan

ISSN:

1547-769X

Publisher:

Springer US; http://www.springer-ny.com

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

23 Aug 2018 14:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12024-010-9201-x

PubMed ID:

21076946

Web of Science ID:

000290176000009

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.1531

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1531 (FactScience: 203305)

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