The Use of Microscopic Postmortem Changes in Anagen Hair Roots to Associate Questioned Hairs with Known Hairs and Reconstruct Events in Two Murder Cases

    Volume 45, Issue 2 (March 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 5


    Tafaro, JT
    Criminalist II, New Orleans Police Department, Scientific Criminal Investigation Division, New Orleans,

    (Received 31 December 1998; accepted 21 June 1999)

    Abstract

    In two cases investigated by the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab, hairs recovered from crime scenes were found to exhibit microscopic postmortem changes in anagen hair roots. These microscopic characteristics were used to associate these hairs with various victims in the cases. In addition to associating questioned hairs with known hairs, the fact that the victims were dead when the hairs were pulled helped investigators reconstruct events in both crimes and corroborate statements made by the arrested subjects in each case.


    Paper ID: JFS14714J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14714J

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    Title The Use of Microscopic Postmortem Changes in Anagen Hair Roots to Associate Questioned Hairs with Known Hairs and Reconstruct Events in Two Murder Cases
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    Committee E30