Friday, November 30, 2012
Giacomo asks: I'm writing a scene where the killer cuts off the victims' lips while they are alive. how would the M.E. know if the vic was alive or not by looking at the corpse?
Sometimes, the best thing for me to do is offer an author several resources to delve through to find the answer they're looking for. Here's the list of resources I sent to Giacomo:
1. What Crime Scene Insects Reveal About the Victim's Wounds: http://insects.about.com/od/forensicentomology/p/csiwounds.htm
2. Antemortem vs. Postmortem Injuries. Which means injuries before and after death. http://shs.westport.k12.ct.us/forensics/07-injuries/antemortem_&_postmortem_injuries.htm
3. Twenty-seven differences between antemortem and postmortem wounds: http://ourforensicmedicine.blogspot.com/2010/02/27-differences-between-antemortem-and.html
4. Medico-legal significance of a bruise: http://www.legalserviceindia.com/medicolegal/bruise.htm
5. Post-mortem changes: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1680032-overview