Set in woody grounds in Lancashire, the now-decaying Whittingham Asylum was at one stage the largest in Britain. Built in 1869 from the designs of Henry Littler, by 1939 its main building and annexes housed 3533 patients and 548 staff. In 1968 the Hospital Management Committee announced an inquiry into allegations of corruption and abuse, which led to the early retirement of both the Head Male Nurse and the Matron. Two male nurses were convicted of theft and in a separate incident another nurse was jailed formanslaughter after an elderly patient he had assaulted later died. The asylum was abandoned and left to decay in 1995.
Jan Palach was a Czech student who committed suicide on 16 January 1969 by self-immolation in protest at the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Jan Palach and a group of other students had made a suicide pact, but the rest backed out of the pact once the well-publicised pleas Palach made on his deathbed described the degree of pain they faced.
Bite marks played a significant role in the conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy. The tissue featured in the first image was removed from one of his victims of the Florida State University sorority house. It was not removed with a retaining ring, and, as a result, there is obvious tissue distortion. Although the marks on the breast are human bite marks, they are of little or no evidentiary value for comparison or profile purposes. A bite mark on the buttocks of this victim as show on the second photograph was valuable in the development of a forensic dental profile.
Probable cause for obtaining a search warrant to examine Ted Bundy’s teeth was the direct result of bite mark analysis and the discovery of chipped upper teeth and crooked lower teeth. A photograph os Ted Bundy at a court hearing was compared with the bite patterns. There was a similarity between the bite pattern and the smiling photograph of Mr. Bundy. After the court order was obtained, photographs were taken of Ted Bundy’s teeth that clearly showed chips and broken areas of the upper teeth and crowded lower teeth. Furthermore, there was a strong correlation between the position of his two lover central incisors, lateral incisors, and cuspids and the bite pattern.
If one looks closely at the second image, the injury to the buttock is obviously a double bite, as double lower arch bite marks are clearly visable. The three scrape marks or drag patterns left by the ipper teeth were consistant in size and spacing to the three chipped areas on the two central incisors of Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy was convicted of first-degree murder of the two Chi Omega sorority sisters and received the death sentence.
The fifth image is a side-by-side comparison of the same bite mark on a victim, taken 5 days apart. The bite mark on the left represents the appearance of the wound within 24 hours of infliction. The bite mark photograph on the right was taken 5 days after that on the left. This image demonstrates that the upper left anterior central tooth is protruded.