By Robert B.J. Dorion
Different odontology texts commit an insignificant few pages or even a bankruptcy on bitemark facts. This booklet is simply dedicated to bitemarks and includes every thing that you just desired to find out about the subject, together with minutae that might make an odontologist's ft curl. The textual content starts off with a slightly precise historical past of landmark instances that used bitemark proof to spot perpetrators of against the law (see Ted Bundy). the remainder of the ebook takes the reader during the sequential means of bitemark id, from the anatomy and body structure of bitemarks to the technical points of collecting, learning, and analyzing facts from a customary bitemark case. The booklet is weighted down with colour and b/w pictures. there's additionally a truly distinct part on presentation of bitemark proof in courtroom, in addition to the debatable subject of reliability of bitemark info because the sole technique of definitely making a choice on criminals in a courtroom of legislations. certainly, the e-book is concept-heavy and overly special for the normal forensics fanatic (they could, dare I write it, locate it a run of the mill read); but when you are within the occupation of forensics, if it is pathology, odontology, or anthropology, or are considering pursuing it down the line, this ebook could function a very good source on your forensics armamentarium.
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Because the prosecution contended that bitemark evidence on the victim matched Wilhoit’s teeth, his family contacted Dr. Thomas Krauss to serve as a defense expert . However, the trial attorney failed to provide Dr. Krauss with access to the evidence or to use his testimony in court. Wilhoit was convicted and given the death penalty. Dr. Krauss was subsequently asked by the family to work with the public defender. This began a 3-year odyssey that ultimately resulted in reversal of the murder conviction and remanding the case for a new trial.
In a sequence of events worthy of a Hollywood scenario, he was recaptured the next day on the same street, in a bar where he had picked up his victims 15 years earlier (R. Dorion, personal communication, 2003). 5. S. courts. Pitluck has, for many years, painstakingly compiled and updated a listing of reported bitemark cases (H. Pitluck, personal communication, 2003). Figure 2, which the present author derived from Pitluck’s data, graphically displays the increase in reported cases that has occurred during the past five decades.
Dorion, personal communication, 2003). 5. S. courts. Pitluck has, for many years, painstakingly compiled and updated a listing of reported bitemark cases (H. Pitluck, personal communication, 2003). Figure 2, which the present author derived from Pitluck’s data, graphically displays the increase in reported cases that has occurred during the past five decades. S. courts in the 1950s, gained significant momentum in the 1970s, and then experienced a relative explosion into the legal arena in the 1980s and 1990s.