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dc.contributor.authorMaki, Amandaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-18T14:53:24Z
dc.date.available2017-09-18T14:53:24Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/23821
dc.description.abstractIn forensic contexts, eliminating the ability for identification and/or discovery of victims is a priority for many individuals perpetrating a homicide. This can be achieved in a number of ways, but a common belief is that acidic products can accomplish both. The current study submerged twelve complete pig (Sus scrofa) heads in three different commercial products containing hydrochloric or sulfuric acid (n=4 for each product) in order to determine if complete liquefaction was possible. The product with 31.45% concentration of hydrochloric acid was able to liquefy each head in five days. Motor vehicle battery acid (37% concentration of sulfuric acid) was able to liquefy each head in five weeks. The product with the low concentration (5 – 10%) of hydrochloric acid was not able to remove the soft tissue, but did affect the structure and consistency of the bones and teeth. Some common chemicals therefore are effective tools in body disposal.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectForensic anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectAcidsen_US
dc.subjectBody disposalen_US
dc.subjectBoneen_US
dc.subjectForensic scienceen_US
dc.subjectMasking identityen_US
dc.titleThe effects of standard household chemicals containing acids on bone and soft tissue of complete pig (Sus scrofa) headsen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2017-07-13T01:14:24Z
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineForensic Anthropologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US


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