(Received 20 November 1996; accepted 28 April 1997)
Published Online: January
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Two cases of crossbow deaths involving analysis of damage to clothing and bedding are described. The distinctive characteristics of the damage examined in these cases indicate that there is merit in examining damage to clothing as well as wounds to the body in crossbow injuries. Clothing damage analysis may be especially useful if the body is badly decomposed or never recovered. Furthermore, damage to textiles may reflect a clearer geometry of the weapon than that of the associated wounding.
Forensic Scientist, Victoria Forensic Science Center, Victoria Police, Forensic Drive, Macleod, Victoria
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