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dc.contributor.authorZell, Nicholas Anthonyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-05T04:29:32Z
dc.date.available2015-08-05T04:29:32Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2012
dc.identifier.other(ALMA)contemp
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/12697
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.)--Boston University PLEASE NOTE: Boston University Libraries did not receive an Authorization To Manage form for this thesis or dissertation. It is therefore not openly accessible, though it may be available by request. If you are the author or principal advisor of this work and would like to request open access for it, please contact us at open-help@bu.edu. Thank you.en_US
dc.description.abstractAn increasing number of homicide cases exhibit various methods of concealment by the perpetrator to destroy cadaveric evidence. While many of methods used have been extensively studied and described in the literature, one such method has not: the use of caustic chemicals such as acid to destroy the body of the victim. Previously described by journalists and popular media, there has been little written in the scientific literature on the subject. The aim of the proposed study is to provide a groundwork on which further studies can be completed to better understand the process of accelerated decomposition due to the presence of caustic agents acting on the cadaver and particularly the skeleton. Several bones were exposed to six different chemical agents that are readily available to the public at-large in order to simulate actual situations that may occur in the commission of homicide concealment. During the study, the bones were examined for specific structure changes at both macroscopic and microscopic levels. The effects of each compound are described with specific guidelines for expected results after a given time of exposure. Additionally, a photographic atlas (see Appendix) summarizing the changes has been included.en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.titleThe effects of caustic chemical agents on bone: a descriptive methodologyen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineForensic Anthropologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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