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Oct 21, 2008
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Putrefaction Bands in Hair
by: WFR

Hair from cadavers may show putrefaction bands or putrid roots. Putrefaction bands are dark bands in the hair shaft near the root; they are probably the result of partial dissolution of the matrix proteins in the shaft by enzymes produced by putrefactive micro-organisms. Putrid roots sort of speak for themselves. Some of the hairs removed from the swatch of scalp recovered from the first grave of Jesse James showed putrefaction bands.

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