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Decapitation by the Force to the Body: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature

Ryuichi Katada1,3*, Yoko Nishitani2, Shunichiro Okazaki1 and Hiroshi Matsumoto1,3

1Department of Legal Medicine and Molecular Alcohology, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, S-1 W-17, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-8556, Japan

2Department of Forensic Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumatomo University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8556, Japan

3Department of Legal Medicine, Osaka University Faculty of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita 565-0871, Japan

*Corresponding Author:
Ryuichi Katada
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Osaka University Faculty of Medicine 2-2 Yamadaoka
Suita 565-0871, Japan
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Received date: March 09, 2014; Accepted date: June 09, 2014; Published date: June 15, 2014

Citation: Katada R, Nishitani Y, Okazaki S, Matsumoto H (2014) Decapitation by the Force to the Body: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature. J Forensic Res 5:232 doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000232

Copyright: © 2014 Katada R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Most of decapitation has been performed by sharp and hanging rope. A 41-year-old man was found died with decapitation on the roof of second story in the apartment where he lived. The separated head was placed apart from his torso. Each edge of the parts was relatively sharp. There were also a number of incised wounds in the face, neck, left arm, and abdomen. All wounds were accompanied with subcutaneous hemorrhage and hematoma, suggesting that these wounds had been performed during survival. The separated head was accompanied with the larynx, pharynx and the parts of lungs and heart. Severe recessus ran from his right shoulder to left lateral chest, which indicates that the victim’s chest was severely hit by the unsharp object such as the railing. Then the force of inertia was acted toward the head from the toe. The head attachments were pulled out by the gigantic force of inertia. The victim was injured several incised wounds on the neck and then received strong force to chest, which caused decapitation inducing death. The present case is the first report among decapitation. Force to the body causes decapitation as if wounds are injured by the sharp instrument.


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