Homicide studies

Some homicides may be difficult to discover, such as homicidal poisonings with agents that may escape detection upon the regular toxicological screening, and certain forms of asphyxial deaths. Furthermore, dismembering of homicide victims can leave the police and forensic pathologist with only some parts of the body, making it difficult or impossible to determine the cause of death. These studies aim at retrospectively analyze cases where the perpetrator have used uncommon methods to kill, dismembered and/or disposed of the body by various means, or even made efforts to mislead the investigators. The ambition is to identify signs upon postmortem investigation that can provide clues as to the mode of killing, the method of dismembering and means of removal of the body.

PI: Brita Zilg, brita.zilg@ki.se