Postmortem dismemberment in two mediterranean countries

Tzipi Kahana, Inmaculada Aleman, Miguel C. Botella, Yehuda Novoselsky, Nicolay Volkov, Jehuda Hiss

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A scrutiny of 25 cases of body dismemberment of homicide victims analyzed at the National Centre of Forensic Medicine (Israel National Police, Israel) and at the Laboratory of Anthropology of the University of Granada (Spain) provides an insight into various aspects of this type of postmortem mutilation. The common features regarding anatomical location of the severing cuts, the most commonly used tools, and the motivation behind the act of postmortem dismemberment are discussed and compared. The taphonomic changes detected in 24% of these cases indicate the use of some type of refrigeration associated with concealment of the body sections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-572
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Forensic Identification
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010


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