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Published in Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 20:1 (January 2013), pp. 27–39; doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2012.04.018


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Forensic anthropology can provide detailed information regarding the perpetrator’s treatment of a homicide victim. This data may inform The Depravity Standard (DS), a forensic science inventory used to assess the severity of a homicide’s intent, actions, victimology, and attitudes. Skeletal data enabled the reconstruction of a homicide case involving mutilation and possible torture. Using The Depravity Standard (DS) the skeletal data underwent evaluation in order to provide evidence of depravity. The osteological data alone offered sufficient evidence for a number of criteria of depravity, demonstrating the importance and application of osteology in resolving specific questions about the depravity of a homicide.