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Unformatted text preview: • Determined by ambient temp. around the body and body size and clothing.
– The odor of decomposition
• Depends on room temperature and levels of bacteria and enzyme activity
• For every 10 degree increase in room temp. the rate of decomposition doubles Case History
• Time of death Last seen at 10 pm on 12/25/1996
Body found approx. 1:05 pm on 12/26/1996
Advanced rigor mortis was already present when body was found
– Time of death between 10pm on Dec. 25 and 6am on Dec. 26.
– Based on the odor of decomposition, death probably occurred at the beginning of this time frame
– Case History
• John, Patsy and Burke Ramsey – Media began circulating reports that the family was responsible for the death beginning as early as December 28, 1996
– Media lambasted Ramseys for “exploiting” daughter in beauty pageants • Parents maintained innocence and suggested the presence of intruder – 2000 released book “The Death of Innocence”
– Libel suits brought against Fox Network for saying no evidence suggested intruder in a 2002 broadcast Evidence
• Two theories
– Intruder committed murder
– Family committed murder • Evidence to support both Evidence
• Ransom note
• DNA trace on body and under fingernails
• White synthetic cord and paint stick used as murder weapon
• Broken/open basement window
• Palm print found outside basement window
• Baseball bat found with carpet fibers present
• Abrasions from stun gun?
• Footprint in basement
• Pubic hair Evidence
Evidence • Ransom note analysis
– Handwriting analysis
– Use comparison microscope
• Need examples from suspects – Visual
• Letter – curves, slants, size
• Line –smooth, dark lines
• Formatting spacing – Individualizing evidence http://www.miami-criminal-defense.net/blog/wpcontent/uploads/2008/12/jonbenet_ramsey_ran
som_note.jpg • If too many differences exist between the sample...
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This document was uploaded on 03/13/2014 for the course CHEM 4204 at Clayton.
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