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Case Report – Entomological investigation of a stab wound in a homicide case

Magni, P.A. and Testi, R. (2007) Case Report – Entomological investigation of a stab wound in a homicide case. In: 5th Meeting European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE), 2 - 5 May 2007, Brussels, Belgium.


At the beginning of September 2005 the body of a man with a great number of stab wounds to the chest and to the neck was found inside an apartment in Pinasca (Turin, Italy). Thanks to the autoptic examination it was determined that the cause of the death was a single stab wound involving the heart. Numerous stabs to the throat were also present such as a great number of defensive wounds located on arms and hands. The entomological sampling was made during the autopsy and it was possible to collect dipters at different instar, above all, on the inside of the mouth and near to the wounds of the neck. To calculate the PMI it has been taken into consideration data coming from two different weather stations located in the vicinities of the recovery place, since precise data related to this locality was missing . Between the two set of data it was chosen the most similar one to the recovery place. The information supplied by the entomological samples, harmonized with the results of medico legal exams and the traditional investigations managed by Carabinieri (Italian Law Enforcement) have brought to the detention of a person who has subsequently confessed the homicide.

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