1. Don’t hang me too high.... for the sake of decency.

    -Mary Blandy, who murdered her father with arsenic to her executioner in 1775 (quoted in “Murder - Whatdunit” by J.H.H. Gaute and Robin Odell, page 40)


  1. I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body.

    -Anonymous (Cited in "Recent Advances in Forensic Pathology" edited by Francis E. Camps, J.& A. Churchill Ltd., 1969, on page 17, in Chapter 3 entitled "Cardiology and Vascular Lesions")


  1. The causes of death appear, unto our shame, perpetual.

    -Winter’s Tale (Quoted in “The Pathology of Trauma” 2nd Edition, Edited by J.K.Mason, page 1)

  2. Coronary atherosclerois is the Captain of the Men of Death.

    -Partially modified from a statement in Bernard Knight’s “Forensic Pathology”, 2nd Edition, page 488

  3. Never diagnose two diseases when one will account for all the findings.

    -A common teaching (Cited in "Recent Advances in Forensic Pathology" edited by Francis E. Camps, J.& A. Churchill Ltd., 1969, on page 221, in Chapter 13 entitled “Medico-Legal aspects of Exotic Diseases”)

    (N.B. This quote comes with an interesting rider. The author goes on to say,”When dealing with patients who have travelled in the less developed parts of the world this rule should be reversed; never be satisfied that you have made a complete diagnosis when you have only found one abnormality.”)


  1. Child abuse is the difference between a hand on the bottom and a fist in the face.

    -Henry Kempe


  1. I’ll never write to my mistress using the wife’s PC again!

    -A Security Manager in a large company who witnessed computer forensic techniques in action (Quoted in “Computer Evidence: A Forensic Investigations Handbook” by Edward Wilding, page 183, on the last page of chapter 6 entitled “The Forensic Examination of PCs”)


  1. And He said,“Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”

    -Genesis 3:11 (Quoted by LeMoyne Snyder in his book “Homicide Investigation”, (Third Edition, May 1977) Published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, USA, on page 87, in chapter 6 entitled “Scientific Criminal Interrogation”. This, according to the author, is the earliest example of Criminal Interrogation.)

  2. You are going to have to talk to people.. .. talk to people and make them feel like people.. .. you get a lot of results that way.. .. very smooth, very quiet.

    -E.W.Count, Cop Talk, Pocket Books, 1994 (Quoted in “Criminal Investigation - Basic Perspectives” by Paul B. Weston, Charles Lushbaugh and Kenneth M. Wells, eighth edition, 2000, Prentice Hall, page 134)


(See Drowning)