Chief Forensic Odontologist, Allegheny County Coroner's Office, Pittsburgh, PA
Consultant in Forensic Odontology, Georgia Bureau of Investigation—Division of Forensic Sciences, Marietta, GA
(Received 23 September 1993; accepted 15 April 1994)
After a brutal rape, which the victim survived, a bite mark was photographed and other evidence was collected. It was not until several months later when the bite mark became a critical piece of evidence, that the problem with its collection became apparent to the prosecutor. The photograph of the bite mark taken by law-enforcement officials at the time of the crime did not include a reference scale. Therefore the bite mark was of little evidentiary value. The authors subsequently examined the victim (five months later) and “recaptured” the bite mark pattern with a proper reference scale by means of reflective ultraviolet photography.
Paper ID: JFS13744J