A Cause Célèbre: The So-Called “Ballpoint Murder”

    Volume 45, Issue 5 (September 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 4

    Rompen, JC
    Medical research student, Medical Faculty, University of Groningen, Groningen,

    Meek, MF
    University Hospital Groningen, RB Groningen,

    van Andel, MV
    Laboratory for Histology and Cell Biology, University of Groningen, Groningen, EZ

    (Received 15 March 1999; accepted 22 November 1999)


    Transorbital intracranial injuries are uncommon but classic ophthalmologic traumas. This report describes a case of a woman who was found dead. Postmortem examination revealed a Bic® ballpoint which had penetrated her head through her right eye. Detective forces believed a murder to be the most likely cause; however, medical expert consultants indicated that a tragic accident was more likely. The case and the results of crossbow test-firing on human cadavers are presented.

    Paper ID: JFS14842J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14842J

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    Title A Cause Célèbre: The So-Called “Ballpoint Murder”
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30