Author(s): Pierce LJ, Strickland DJ, Smith ES, Pierce LJ, Strickland DJ, Smith ES
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Abstract In 1870, Ansil L. Robinson was charged with the murder of his mistress, Mary Lunsford, in Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.A. Evidence against Robinson included an attempt to match his teeth to bite marks on the victim's arm. Robinson was acquitted after a 3-week trial despite the evidence linking his teeth to the wounds. This trial represents an early and perhaps the first attempt to admit bite-mark evidence in a court of law in the United States. The acquittal resulted in the obscurity that prevented this case from coming to the awareness of the forensic dental and legal communities sooner.
This article was published in Am J Forensic Med Pathol
and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research