Impressive forensics

An FBI expert testified today that the hair found in Casey Anthony’s car trunk was from a dead person, not a live person:

Karen Korsberg Lowe told jurors that the 9-inch light brown strand of hair she examined showed post mortem root banding, meaning it came from a deceased body, not a live one.

“It has a darkened band at the root portion of the hair … this is consistent with apparent decomposition,” said Lowe, who has worked at the FBI for 15 years.

I didn’t know they could do that.

6 thoughts on “Impressive forensics

  1. Princess Shantae June 4, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    I never knew that either. I mean, hair isn’t living, it’s like fingernails. I never heard it would show if it came from a dead person or not.

  2. Marlene June 4, 2011 / 11:04 pm

    they can probably get just about anything from hair…it makes perfect sense that decomposition would show up.

  3. forthelost June 5, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    Well, hair is alive at the root, so I suppose it’s possible to tell whether the hair was attached to a person that was alive or dead.

  4. Kat June 6, 2011 / 9:11 am

    If they can tell how long you’ve been using drugs etc from a hair sample, it’s not out of the realm to think there are things that can be done to determine life vs death. I remember when DNA was a dream and crapped all over…no one thought that was possible either. The only thing I take issue with is there are a lot of unsolved or missolved cases that could use more and more updated technology…..but I bet it costs.

  5. Sibyl Bass Reagan June 7, 2011 / 6:25 pm

    Bill Bass writes a series of fiction books under the name Jefferson Bass. He also runs the Body Farm at the University of TN. If you are interested in postmortem and like an easy mystery novel, check out his books. I have learned so many things reading them, including this post-mortem hair banding stuff.

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