The neighbors would often complain of a foul smell coming from the house on the left. The owner of the house was Anthony Sowell, a serial killer from Cleveland. Up until Police discovered 11 decomposing bodies in his home, the smell was largely blamed on a sausage factory close by.
Private J. Luman was wounded at the battle of Mine Run, Va. on Nov. 27, 1863, when he was shot in the head with a minie ball (muzzle-loading spin-stabilized rifle bullet). Private Luman was treated in the field hospital for several days before being transferred a hospital in Alexandria. By Dec. 8, he was comatose, so a surgeon applied a trephine and removed the splinters of bones from his skull, but Luman’s condition worsened and he died five days later.
Before the trephination procedure started, the tissue surrounding the site to be operated on was pulled back and the trephine placed on the skull. Then the surgeon turned the trephine in a circular motion to slowly cut through the bone - careful not to cut the tissue surrounding the brain.
Other tools used during a trephination procedure were an elevator and a Heye’s saw. The elevator was used to raise sections of fractured bone away from the brain and the Heye’s saw was used to remove any skull fragments that were sticking out.
This grisly procedure was fatal in over half of the 220 operations performed by Union surgeons.
These items provide an unusual example of class characteristics. The body of a hit-and-run victim was found next to a major highway. A suspect vehicle was located with an unusual impression (A) that matched the pedestrian’s wristwatch band (B). (Division of Iden- tification and Forensic Science, Israel National Police.)
-Techniques of crime scene investigation, B. Fisher (2004)
The Beaumont Children went missing on January 26, 1966 from Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, South Australia, aged 9, 7 & 4. To this day there have been no solid leads, and the missing Beaumont children remains one of Australia’s most notorious cold cases.