Journal Published Online: 01 July 2000
Volume 45, Issue 4

Work-Place Homicide by Bow and Arrow



Arrow wounds represent an unusual class of wounds rarely seen by most forensic pathologists. In this paper we present a case of homicide by bow and arrow and the characteristics of such injuries. The essential characteristics of the lesions obtained from conically-tapered field points and from hunting broadhead tips are described and discussed in relation to injuries caused by firearm bullets. In the present case, three arrows struck the victim, and the order in which the injuries were sustained are analyzed. We also discuss the possibilities of localizing the shooter relative to the victim by analysis of the trajectories.

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Eriksson, A
Forensic Medicine, Umeå University, UMEÅ, Sweden
Georén, B
Öström, M
Pages: 6
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Stock #: JFS14797J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14797J