Zur frage der differenzierung von ein- und ausschuss bei auf fester unterlage anliegenden bekleideten opfern

Translated title of the contribution: Differentiation between entry and exit wounds of victims shot while fully clothed and lying on hard surfaces

T. Rescheleit, M. A. Rothschild, V. Schneider

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Abstract

We raised the question whether textile fibres can be found in exit wounds and whether projectiles will be reflected back into the exit wounds of gunshot victims if the body is clothed and in contact with a hard surface. In order to examine this aspect of wound morphology, we fired 85 shots with a pistol (Sig Sauer, 9 mm Luger, jacketed ammunition) into pig cadavers covered with two layers of clothing material while lying on various hard materials. The results of our investigations indicate that clothing fibres could be found in a high percentage of exit wounds of victims shot while the location of the exit wound was in contact with a hard flat surface (particularly a tiled surface).A retrospective analysis of gunshot victims autopsied at our institute confirmed these findings. The fibres found within the exit wounds were forced into the wound by the ricocheting projectiles.

Translated title of the contributionDifferentiation between entry and exit wounds of victims shot while fully clothed and lying on hard surfaces
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)212-216
Number of pages5
JournalRechtsmedizin
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Direction of shot
  • Exit wound
  • Textile fibres

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