Toolmarks in human cartilage and bone - ten case studies

M. Weber, B. Skarupke, J. Cortis, M. A. Rothschild

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In this paper, three of ten cases of a cooperative research project between the LKA NRW and the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University of Cologne are shown. The project has as its main goal the verification of a standardized approach to examine too/marks on human cartilage and bone. The Institute of Legal Medicine collects fatal cases of sharp force trauma in human cartilage and bone, prepares the marks in the affected area and easts them. The casts and tools are then sent to the LKA NRW for the toolmark examination. To date the project has collected ten cases. In three of these eases the tool could be identified with a high degree of confidence. In two cases the conclusion was that the tool eouhl have made the marks. The remaining five eases were inconclusive. This paper presents the three cases in which the tool could be identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalAFTE Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Axe
  • Bone
  • Cartilage
  • Dip-Pak®
  • Gelatine
  • Knife
  • Stab mark
  • Toolmark


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