Journal Published Online: 01 March 2001
Volume 46, Issue 2

Macroscopic Characteristics of Hacking Trauma



Hacking trauma is often encountered in forensic cases, but little experimental research has been conducted that would allow for the recognition of wounds caused by specific weapon types. In this paper, we report the results of a hacking trauma caused by machete, cleaver, and axe weapons and the characteristics of each weapon type on bone. Each weapon type was employed in multiple trials on pig (Sus scrofa) bones and then the wounds were examined macroscopically for several characteristics that serve to differentiate the weapons.

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Humphrey, JH
North Carolina State University, Durham, NC
Hutchinson, DL
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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Stock #: JFS14954J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14954J