We all have to admit there's been at least one time where you've been glued to the T.V. watching those forensic crime shows pondering about how they will ID the victim's body. Criminal examinations of the deceased, natural disasters and those caused by malice are sadly becoming an everyday part of life, making this field more and more prominent in today's society. Generally, the bodies on the shows have teeth, an external or internal deformity, or something making the identification progress unique. But in some cases there are victims of unspeakable crimes or circumstances that make identification a challenging task. In either case, here is a list of 8 body parts that are frequently used by Forensic Scientists to identify a body.Read the whole thing. Not only is Friedman's list fascinating in and of itself (I never knew the water with which I wash my hair could prove the least bit significant), it provides great fodder for crime writing. There are better ways to make your victim identifiable that putting a tattoo of peacock that has Gerard Manley Hopkins "Pied Beauty" emblazoned across its tail feathers somewhere on the poor sap's frame.
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