Volume 32, Issue 2 (March 1987)

    The Cutaneous Ink Sign: A Tipoff to Suicide or Suicide Notes

    (Received 18 April 1986; accepted 19 May 1986)

    Published Online: March

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The presence of smeared or unsmeared ink on the skin resulting from the writing process has been observed in a number of suicide victims who have left suicide notes. The authors report a case of a palmar “cutaneous ink sign” and discuss its forensic science import.


    Author Information:

    Hanzlick, RL
    Associate medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA

    Ross, WK
    Resident, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


    Stock #: JFS11163J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11163J

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    Title The Cutaneous Ink Sign: A Tipoff to Suicide or Suicide Notes
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