Use of DNA and cytology to associate a bullet recovered at the scene to a deceased Bang guns Rubber and plastic bullets Muzzle brakes Captive-bolts Ballistics of bullets fired straight up into the air Stellate wounds due to distant gunshot wounds of the head Hangfires; slamfires Wounds due to assault rifles Updated and expanded topics in this edition include: Wounds due to air rifles; bullet emboli Blowback of blood on weapons and hands in suicide cases Richochets Suicides
Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.
Table of Contents
Firearms and Ammunition
The Forensic Aspects of Ballistics
An Introduction to the Classification of Gunshot Wounds
Wounds Due to Handguns
Wounds from .22 Caliber Rimfire Weapons
Wounds from Centerfire Rifles
Wounds from Shotguns
Bloody Bodies and Bloody Scenes
Miscellaneous Weapons and Ammunition
Detection of Gunshot Residues
Correct Handling of Deaths from Firearms
Suicide by Firearms
Appendix A: "Stopping Power" and Hollow-Point Pistol Ammunition: Myths and Facts
Appendix B: The Forensic Autopsy in Gunshot Wound Cases
ABOUT THE FIRST EDITION:
"…An excellent presentation of gunshot injuries including an abundance of information regarding weapons and ammunition…an absolute necessity within the library of any individual who deals with gunshot injuries."
-Irvin M. Sopher, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia
"…is an excellent composite of experience and chapters relating to firearms and ammunitions, the forensic aspects of ballistics, gunshot wounds classification and types, direction of fire, suicide and an overview of crime scene collection and handling of evidence."
-Crime & Justice International, July/August 1999
ABOUT THE SECOND EDITION:
"Dr. Di Maio's vast knowledge and practical experience led to his first edition becoming mandatory reading within the forensic firearms community. This information, coupled with newly published research, has made this book the most current and comprehensive text on gunshot wounds."
--Kramer Powley and Dean Dahlstrom, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol. 33, No. 2