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1st Edition

Criminal Dismemberment
Forensic and Investigative Analysis

ISBN 9780367778385
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
224 Pages

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Book Description

Criminal Dismemberment is the first book to examine dismemberment as a phenomenon in the context of criminal acts. While the number of such dismemberment cases in any given country is often small, the notion of dismemberment captures the imagination, often leading many to question the motivations as to why anyone would perpetrate such an unnatural act.

The act of dismemberment, in its original form, referred to cutting, tearing, pulling, wrenching or otherwise separating the limbs from a living being as a form a capital punishment. In today’s society, it has become associated most frequently with the criminal act of sectioning the remains of the dead in an attempt to conceal the death and dispose of the remains or make the process of identification of the deceased more difficult to achieve.

Drawing on expertise from leading forensic anthropologists, pathologists, and forensic materials engineers, the book brings together much of the literature on criminal dismemberment—viewing it from the investigative, forensic, and social science perspectives. Key features include:

  • Psychological analysis of the perpetrator

  • Detailed examination of case studies, anonymized from recent investigations

  • Difficulties encountered in a dismemberment investigation

  • Tool mark analysis, including knives and saws, accompanied by over 120 detailed, full-color illustrations and photographs

  • Serves as a unique and useful resource in the investigation of dismembered human remains

The diverse backgrounds of the contributors offers a thorough account of such topics as the history of dismemberment, the forensic pathology in such cases, the importance of developing a common vocabulary in terminology used, the legal admissibility in dismemberment cases. As such, Criminal Dismemberment will serve as a comprehensive reference for students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: Introduction to Criminal Human Dismemberment

Sue Black, Guy Rutty, Sarah Hainsworth and Grant Thomson

Chapter Two: Dismemberment: An Historical Perspective

Shane McCorristine

Chapter Three: Psychology and Dismemberment

David Holmes

Chapter Four: Mr Adam Vincent, Humberside Police

Mark Oliver

Chapter Five: Miss Gemma McCluskie, Metropolitan Police Service

John Nicholson

Chapter Six: Terminology

Sue Black and Grant Thomson

Chapter Seven: Principles of Tool Mark Analysis and Evidential Best Practice

Grant Thomson and Sue Black

Chapter Eight: Overview of the Examination of a Dismembered Body

Guy Rutty and Bruno Morgan

Chapter Nine: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Cases of Dismemberment

Lucina Hackman and Sue Black

Chapter Ten: Identification Marks – Saws

S. V. Hainsworth

Chapter Eleven: Identification Marks – Knives and Other Implements

S. V. Hainsworth

Chapter Twelve: Future Research in the Analysis of Criminal Dismemberment

S. Black, N. Nic Daéid, L. Hackman and G. Thomson

Appendix 1: Additional Investigative Resources

S. Baylis and G. S. Thomson

Appendix 2: Known Cases of Criminal Dismemberment in the UK Since 1985

Sue Black

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Professor Dame Sue Black is a Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, the Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, UK.

Professor Guy Rutty is a Home Office registered Forensic Pathologist and is the vicechair of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging, University of Leicester, UK.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth is a Professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering, University of Leicester, UK.

Mr. Grant Thomson is a former Scenes of Crime Officer and Crime Scene Manager. He is currently a senior trainer and consultant in capacity building within fragile and conflict affected states.