Janssen, K., Rothschild, M. A. and Kamphausen, T. (2018). The wrapped corpse. Retrospective analysis of forensic autopsies from 2009 to 2016 with respect to different case constellations and motivations. Rechtsmedizin, 28 (1). S. 1 - 10. NEW YORK: SPRINGER. ISSN 1434-5196

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Background. Although corpse disposal itself is not a rare phenomenon, the wrapping of a corpse is less common, and its facets can be very varied. Objective. The cases available enabled different constellations to be determined and analyzed with respect to the method, motivation and type of wrapping. Material and methods. A retrospective analysis of forensic post-mortem examinations from 2009-2016 at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the Cologne Medical School was conducted. Cases and results of the postmortem examinations were scientifically reviewed. The evaluation included only cases of corpses that had been fully or partly wrapped. Results. These cases represent a broad range of constellations including seven cases of completed homicide, three cases of completed suicide, one case of an autoerotic fatality and one case of natural death. In cases of homicide the corpse is generally wrapped for transportation and concealment but the placement and wrapping of the corpse vary. Just as varied and imaginative are the wrappings of corpses resulting from suicide, autoerotic accidents and more harmless cases.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-198175
DOI: 10.1007/s00194-017-0206-6
Journal or Publication Title: Rechtsmedizin
Volume: 28
Number: 1
Page Range: S. 1 - 10
Date: 2018
Publisher: SPRINGER
Place of Publication: NEW YORK
ISSN: 1434-5196
Language: German
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
SUICIDE; DEATHMultiple languages
Medicine, LegalMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/19817


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