oa South African Medical Journal - Medico-legal section : Medico-Legal aspects of the Wolkersdorfer case

Volume 22, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



An account is given of a medico-legal examination of the charred remains of a body found in a burnt-out motor car. The age, sex, stature and race were determined by the use of principles ordinarily applied in anthropological investigations. The personal identity of the deceased was established to a considerable degree of probability by a technique of comparing life-sized machine-made projection drawings of the skull with drawings of life-sized enlargements of snapshots of the deceased. In determining the cause of death reference is made to the features distinguishing thermal fractures from traumatic fractures of the skull.

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