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SCENE OF CRIME

  1. “Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which the body had been found, and indeed, so moist was the ground, that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read upon the trampled grass.”

    -Dr. Watson, the companion of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes in “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Arthur Conan Doyle

  2. Scenes as well as suspects often conceal the truth.

    -Jon J. Nordby, forensic science investigative consultant, in his book “Dead Reckoning - The Art of Forensic Detection”, CRC Press 2000, on page 23

SERIAL KILLERS

  1. They are the waste product of our frustrated, bored, over-stressed Western industrialized society.

    -Sean Mactire in his book “Malicious Intent-A writer’s guide to how murderers, robbers, rapists and other criminals think”. Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995. This quote appears in on page 67, in 5th chapter entitled “Serial Murder”)

SEXUAL OFFENCES

  1. No man shall have sexual intercourse with any woman against her will.

    -Charaka Samhita (Book of Medicine written in the 4rth Century B.C. by the Ancient Hindu writer Charaka)

  2. In no state can a man be accused of raping his wife. How can any man steal what already belongs to him?

    -Susan Griffin, American Poet (Ramparts, September 1971)

  3. … marriage [is] in modern times regarded as a partnership of equals and no longer one in which the wife [is] the subservient chattel of the husband.

    -Lord Keith in Regina v R. 23 October 1991 (Quoted in "The Pathology of Trauma" 2nd Edition, Edited by J.K.Mason, page 138)

  4. Rape is the only crime in which the victim becomes the accused and, in reality, it is she who must prove her good reputation, her mental soundness, and her impeccable propriety.

    -Freda Adler, American Educator (Sisters in Crime, 1975)

  5. Insertion or thrust of male organ between the thighs kept tight amounts to penetration sufficient to constitute rape.

    -In the Indian case of State v Gobindan, 1969 Cr LJ 818

  6. Rape is an accusation easily to be made and hard to be proved and yet harder to be defended by the party concerned though never so innocent.

    -Khelleher v Queen, 1974 (131) Commonwealth Law Reporter 534

  7. The act of actus reus is complete with penetration and emission is not essential or relevant.

    -Queen v Marsden, 1821 QBD 149

  8. If his bones in general, and his shoulders are strongly made, if his gait and voice are vigorous, by these tokens may a potent man be known; and one impotent by the opposite characteristics.

    -Narada Smriti (Ancient Hindu text)

  9. There is no difference between being raped and being bit on the ankle by a rattlesnake except that people ask if your skirt was short and why you were out alone anyhow.

    -(Mary Piercy, excerpt from 'Rape Poem': Reproduced in "Clinical Approaches to sex offenders and their victims" edited by Clive R. Hollin and Kevin Howells, at page 261

  10. The worst myth that has to be busted is that rape and sex crimes are about sex. They are only about power and anger.

    -Sean Mactire in his book “Malicious Intent-A writer’s guide to how murderers, robbers, rapists and other criminals think”. Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1995. This quote appears in on page 94, in 7th chapter entitled “Sexual predators”)

  11. Not enough people understand what rape is, and, until they do.. .., not enough will be done to stop it.

    -rape victim (quoted in “Men Who Rape” by N. Groth 1979, Plenum p.87, also quoted in “A Natural History of Rape” by Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer, 2000, MIT Press, on page 1)

SUDDEN DEATH

  1. The fact that an AV or SA node, or the bundle of His or its branches shows fibrosis or some other lesion, does not necessarily mean that this played any part in the death.

    -Bernard Knight (Forensic Pathology, 2nd Edition, page 498)

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS)

  1. ..there has developed a “maxim in Forensic pathology: one unexplained infant death in a family is SIDS. Two is very suspicious. Three is homicide.” This is dangerous and scientifically shaky dogma.

    -(Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD , Coroner of Allegheny County , Pittsburgh, in JAMA Jan 7, 1996, Vol. 279, No. 1, page 85)

    (N.B. A little background above the above quote may be appreciated. This above maxim developed following Van Der Sluys case in 1986, Tinning case in 1987 and Wanda Hoyt case in 1995, each of which involved three dead infants. Wanda Hoyt was convicted of murder in 1995)

  2. Elevated T3 levels in SIDS can be considered as a post-mortem artifact.

    -J.I.Coe (in “Postmortem chemistry update. Emphasis on Forensic Application". Am. J. Forensic Med Pathol, 1993, 14, 91-117; cited in “de Letter EA, Piette MHA, Lambert WE, De Leenheer AP. Medico-Legal Implications of Hidden Thyroid Dysfunction: A study of two cases. Med. Sci. Law (2000)Vol. 40, No. 3, Pp 251-257, on page 255)

  3. SIDS is perhaps the greatest single medical mystery confronting scientists.

    -(Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD , Coroner of Allegheny County , Pittsburgh, in JAMA Jan 7, 1996, Vol. 279, No. 1, page 86)

SUICIDE

  1. If one wants to get away with murder, one has to jolly well keep one’s wits about one. It’s the same way with suicide.

    -Starr Faithful (1931) (quoted in “Murder - Whereabouts” by J.H.H. Gaute and Robin Odell, page 78)

  2. Every homicide is also unconsciously a suicide and every suicide in a sense a psychological homicide.

    -Stephen Nordlicht, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, in his paper entitled “Medical Deterrents” published in Bull. N.Y.Acad. Med. Vol. 62, No. 5, June 1986. This quote appears on page 584