Journal Published Online: 01 July 1990
Volume 35, Issue 4

Damage to Clothing—Cuts and Tears



Examination of clothing in forensic science cases often involves forming an opinion as to the age and cause of any damage present. This study, involving a range of possible weapons, clothing types, and types of damage, showed that it is possible to distinguish a cut from a tear and a slash from a stab. The effect of blood on the appearance of the damaged areas was also investigated. In some cases it is also possible to determine the type of weapon used from the appearance of the damage. The study also demonstrated what features to look for in determining whether the damage to the yarns is recent.

Author Information

Monahan, DL
Chemistry Division. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Harding, HWJ
Forensic Science Division, Department of Services and Supply, Adelaide, Australia
Pages: 12
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Stock #: JFS12903J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS12903J