Nondestructive Recovery and Examination of Bullet Fragments from Brain Tissue

    Volume 25, Issue 2 (April 1980)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1980

    Page Count: 5


    Johnson, AC
    Firearms examiner, forensic chemist, and forensic chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rockvitle, Md.

    Kinard, WD
    Firearms examiner, forensic chemist, and forensic chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rockvitle, Md.

    Washington, WD
    Firearms examiner, forensic chemist, and forensic chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Rockvitle, Md.

    (Received 19 June 1979; accepted 13 September 1979)

    Abstract

    A technique providing both analytical and toolmark results for lead fragments from bullets is discussed. It permits the nondestructive recovery of bullet fragments from soft cadaver tissue and was used with a plasma asher in an actual homicide case. The lead fragments are examined by neutron activation analysis (but other analytical techniques can be used) for their antimony and arsenic content and by microscopy for matching toolmarks.


    Paper ID: JFS12125J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12125J

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