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The bullet severed the aorta (the large artery which carries blood from the heart to the tissues) and death followed immediately. At the time he was hit this man was jumping and dodging, but the cocked revolver is still held firmly in his hand. He was an expert marksman and had been an instructor in pistol shooting to police officers. Note the position of the trigger finger. ) Figure 15: Adipocere which has developed on a body that had been lying in a swamp for about two years. The head was found about a half mile distant.

Since the deceased had been seen alive in his car only fifteen minutes before his body was found, this was proof that the automobile had been abandoned almost immediately after the murder. Other factors helpful in indicating the time of death are such things as whether or not electric lights are burning, whether the milk or newspaper has been removed from the doorstep, whether meals have been prepared and eaten, dishes washed, pets cared Figure 16: Mummification. This man hanged himself to the top of a tall pine tree where it was exposed to bright sunlight and wind.

Following this, the crowd can be moved back: to a proper distance and the area roped off if necessary. It is imperative that this be done because the investigating officers have Figure 6: Another view of pictures show, realistically, emphasize the necessity of ments of the locale, as shown the scene shown in Figure 5. These two how photographs may be misleading and making a sketch with accurate measurein Figure 7. several important duties to perform before the body is removed. Under no circumstances should the officer immediately accede to the pleas of the store manager or others to remove the body from the street until these other functions have been performed.

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