Best Lawyers For Murder Cases?

As I’ve noted, we don’t know much about the DNA of living persons. But we do know a great deal about DNA from dead people—the bodies that have been autopsied for medical and legal purposes. Autopsy has become such an important part of forensic science that it would be difficult to imagine the modern world without it; in fact, most people wouldn’t want to live in a world where autopsies weren’t performed. Autopsy is also widely used as a murder investigation technique: In 1995 alone there were 1,600 homicides committed by gunfire during which no one was shot at all (Bachman et al., 1999). This means that literally millions of bullets are fired every year with only one or two resulting in deaths. If you could collect those bullet fragments and put them through DNA testing against thousands of samples taken from suspects over many years, surely you would find some evidence linking those bullets to the person who pulled the trigger?

In 1887 Sir William Russell Reynolds published The Odontological Memoirs on Bodies Preserved After Death (1887). Reynolds examined well-preserved corpses and found so much “abnormal tissue development” among gunshot victims that he concluded gun wounds accounted for more than half the cases he studied! He reported this finding so confidently because his findings confirmed what herbalists had long known: Death resulted from injury caused by gunshot wound to vital organs such as heart or brain.

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