Location

Ames, Iowa

Start Date

29-4-2016 12:00 AM

Description

When it comes to trauma analysis, there are multiple databases and criteria used to determine weapons. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to determine whether or not the accuracy of these databases are precise enough to definitively determine which type of weapon is used. Five different tools were used, split into two different sections. The first were weapons used in stabbings: scalpels, pocket knife, and kitchen knife. The next section of weapons were those used in the dismembering of remains: an axe and machete. It is apparent that the identification of murder weapons is a clear link to the arrest and prosecution of an individual. If there is an inaccuracy within these databases, it may depict a larger issue than just identifying the wrong weapon, as it could truly be a matter of life or death for a potentially wrongly accused perpetrator.

 
Apr 29th, 12:00 AM

Accuracy of Cut-Mark Analysis Databases within Forensic Anthropology

Ames, Iowa

When it comes to trauma analysis, there are multiple databases and criteria used to determine weapons. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to determine whether or not the accuracy of these databases are precise enough to definitively determine which type of weapon is used. Five different tools were used, split into two different sections. The first were weapons used in stabbings: scalpels, pocket knife, and kitchen knife. The next section of weapons were those used in the dismembering of remains: an axe and machete. It is apparent that the identification of murder weapons is a clear link to the arrest and prosecution of an individual. If there is an inaccuracy within these databases, it may depict a larger issue than just identifying the wrong weapon, as it could truly be a matter of life or death for a potentially wrongly accused perpetrator.