reply to post by WhiteAlice
Okay. The police say they got prints off of a cinder.
But unfortunately police lie about evidence all the time.
They probably said "we aren't paid enough for this #, lets just say we got the prints." and wrote that down in their report.
In this kind of accident, using dental records or skull curvature seems to be par to the course.
I really don't think there'd be any prints as prints are basically OIL, and when the body is burning in an oven, it tends to have all the oil and fat
burned off and released.
Also, most cars that are that expensive have expensive coverings for their steering wheels, e.g. leather, rubber, whatever, to give the driver better
grip and to protect the steering wheel from sun/heat/abrasive damage.
If the whole car is up in flames, the fingers of the body would literally fuse to the wheel making printing impossible. This isn't to mention the fact
that the fat and blood bubbles up and bursts through the skin (gruesome, I know. Sorry, it is the truth.)
Then again, perhaps enough of a fingerpad was preserved??? I somehow doubt it, the drivers arms and collar bones would likely be broken, and his hands
would, just from the impact, have deep tissue damage that would accelerate the loss of the surface skin once the fire started. In other words, you
hold the wheel during impact and a certain % of that kinetic energy is transferred directly into your hands, causing the skin to get ripped off by the
steering wheel. Once the fire starts, that skin becomes fused and, well, burned.
Um, just my opinion after having been in minor accidents; most of the primary damage was in my palms; peoples instincts are to lock up during a
collision, this makes the hands have sloughing damage, the fingers break, the forearms break, the ligaments in the elbow get damaged, and your collar
bones/solar plexus go all to heck as well. Not to mention all of the whiplash and spinal injuries besides being in an oven.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure measuring the curvature of the inside of the skull (so long as it is in fact intact,) would be the only way to ID a body in that
situation with any degree of precision or accuracy. I mean, you could get a hobo and give them dental work to match Mr. Hastings and no-one would
know. Modifying the curvature of the inside of your skull however, is another matter entirely.
*another EDIT* I forgot to mention that, depending on the method of cremation, skull fragments are usually left over. Assuming that enough/a large
enough fragment is/are left over, they can be used to provide actual identification, rather than bureaucratic proof. The family would need to claim
ownership of such remains as the cremation facility usually just throws the bones out. Any type of anthropologist or archaeologist would be able to
explain all these things better than I'm able to.
*EDIT* after further thought, the skull may very well burst due to the brain cooking off, even if the skull is split in this fashion, putting it back
together for identification may be possible. I think I'm going to skip lunch now, thanks guys for getting me thinking about such a pleasant topic.
Just my opinion, I'm not trained for this kind of stuff.
edit on 16-7-2013 by teachtaire because: spelling errors, hey I'm no engrish
edit on 16-7-2013 by teachtaire because: brain+fire=bamboo in fire pop-pop-pop.
edit on 16-7-2013 by teachtaire
because: bones are left over after cremation.