(Received 19 October 1979; accepted 5 December 1979)
Published Online: July
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Careful and meticulous probing of sites of individual pellet injuries in distant shotgun wounds with repositioning of the body to allow parallel alignment of pellet tracts makes possible the determination of the position of a deceased at time of injury. Spared areas, or “gaps,” within the pattern may result from shielding either by body parts or by an intermediate object. The present case reports illustrate the method and its importance.
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Assistant professor of pathology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.
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