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Rom J Leg Med24(4)300-303(2016)
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The difficulty in establishing the generating mechanism of cranial and vertebral lesions in a cadaver partially skeletonised

C. Buhas, G. Mihalache, B. Buhas, S. Bungau

Abstract: The presented case is a 71 year old male, found deceased in the woods during summer, two weeks after his death, partially skeletonised (at the level of cranium and thorax), exposed to the effect of the environment and insects. From the investigation data, it was initially believed that the mechanism which caused the cranial and cervical vertebrae fractures was a series of repeated impacts with a hard, blunt object. Based on the investigation data and assessments of the cadaver, the supposed aggressor was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The case was reopened and a new medico-legal assessment was performed. Fully reexamining the fractured bones by performing cranial reconstruction and using radiographic investigations which showed small metallic fragments on these bones, it allowed precise identification of the real mechanism which produced the lesion: a gunshot wound from a hunting rifle.
Keywords: skeletonised cranium, autopsy, cranial and cervical vertebrae fractures, murder, accidental shooting.

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