Monday, April 19, 2010

Friedman on Forensics

The Forensic Scientist Blog's Carolyn Friedman discusses the eight body parts used to identify a corpse. Excerpts:
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.

(Picture: CC 2007 by
alphadesigner; Hat Tip: Detectives Beyond Borders)

8 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks for sharing. That may well be useful.

Loren Eaton said...

I thought it was a pretty good list. Some of the items were obvious, but a few really weren't.

Lady Glamis said...

That was fascinating to read! Thank you for sharing. :)

Donna Hole said...

Oh yeah; that is interesting. Wow, how do you come up with these fascinating tidbits?

........dhole

Loren Eaton said...

Michelle,

You're welcome!

Loren Eaton said...

Donna,

Almost all of the crime-writing-related material that ends up here comes from Detectives Beyond Borders or pattinase. Both are most certainly worth your time to read.

Chestertonian Rambler said...

"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."

Good article....but with all due respect I'm having a very hard time thinking of one.

Brilliant.

Loren Eaton said...

How about a tattooed rat with the entirety of T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" printed on its tail? Understand, it would have to be a large rat ...