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Decapitation and Dismemberment of the Corpse: A Matricide Case

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Dismemberment of a corpse has always been viewed by society to be a more hideous crime than the homicide itself. In this study, we present a case of a 57-year-old woman who was decapitated and her right arm and both hands were dismembered. It was determined that the victim was murdered and dismembered by her 33-year-old daughter, who had been receiving treatment for schizophrenia for 15 years. On the victim’s head and back there were 71 incised and stab wounds in total. They were superficial, except the five stab wounds which were connected to the right chest cavity and which incapacitated the victim. Although there is not a regulation for the act of dismembering the corpse in the Turkish Penal Code, since this type of case is rare, the crime scene and the autopsy findings were evaluated together with other pertinent data available in the literature.
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Keywords: decapitation; dismemberment; forensic science; homicide; matricide; mutilation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Medicine, Meram Medical School, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey. 2: Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey.

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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