Weber, Matthias ORCID: 0000-0002-5932-1066, Banaschak, Sibylle and Rothschild, Markus Alexander (2021). Sharp force trauma with two katana swords: identifying the murder weapon by comparing tool marks on the skull bone. Int. J. Legal Med., 135 (1). S. 313 - 323. NEW YORK: SPRINGER. ISSN 1437-1596

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This paper describes the variety of information that a tool mark analysis on human tissue can provide based on a case of multiple sharp violence. The perpetrator attacked the victim with a sharp-edged weapon against the head, leaving several deep wounds on the back of the skull bone. Three of those marks on the skull bone could be used for a forensic tool mark examination. Silicone casts of the marks were compared by light microscopy with casts of test marks of Japanese katana swords found at the crime scene. One of the swords could be identified as the one responsible for the marks. In addition, the marks and the test marks were scanned in 3D and examined in a visual on-screen comparison confirming the results from the light microscopic examination. Furthermore, a mathematical approach in which the signatures of the marks from the skull bone and the test marks from the sword were compared by cross correlation confirms those findings. In addition, the aforementioned results were used to determine the orientation of the sword in relation to the cranial bone at the time of the respective impact.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-326511
DOI: 10.1007/s00414-020-02372-3
Journal or Publication Title: Int. J. Legal Med.
Volume: 135
Number: 1
Page Range: S. 313 - 323
Date: 2021
Publisher: SPRINGER
Place of Publication: NEW YORK
ISSN: 1437-1596
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Medicine, LegalMultiple languages


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