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《Forensic Science and Technology》 2017-04
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Role of Victim's Information in Judging the Death Manner

ZHOU Yong;Baoying County Public Security Bureau;  
As a principal juncture to carry out the investigation of homicide cases, the judgment of death manner is one of the major tasks for forensic pathology. Victimology, an independent discipline related to homicidal cases and forensic pathology, occupies important position in death manner analysis because it can provide more supports for the scene reconstruction, investigation and detection. Victim's information, fallen into the category of victimology, plays a very important role in solving death cases because of its universality, accessibility, objectivity and relevance, therefore capable of supplying pivotal foundation for the judgment of death manner from different perspective. In this paper, two cases are presented to discuss the value of victim's information in removing the camouflage from the homicidal crime scene and further unclosing the crime fact, expounding the crucial effect of victim's information in the analysis of death scene, particularly the murder locale. In order to facilitate at clutching the key points and resolving the doubtfulness, two sources of victim's information have been here summarized based on the principle of interaction between victim and offender. Through victim's information to be classified into four categories based on whether the victim could be perceived, utilized and hidden or not, some general rules are summed up so that a reliable solution has thereby been able to provide for both judging the death manner and setting up a basis to take further steps of exploration, inspection and investigation.
【CateGory Index】: D919.1
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