Mark Benecke

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The hypervariable tetranucleotide STR polymorphism DXS10011 is a powerful marker for forensic purposes. Investigation of this STR led to an allele nomenclature which is in consensus with the ISFG recommendations. DXS10011 is located at Xq28 and genetically closely linked to DXS7423 and DXS8377 but is unlinked to HPRTB and more distant X-chromosomal STRs.(More)
Allele frequency distributions at the short tandem repeat (STR) loci HUMVWA, HUMFES, HUMF13A01 and of the variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) locus D1S80 were determined in a Filipino population from Metro Manila (103 individuals) by use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). The exact test(More)
A possible method to detect body fluids in forensic cases of sexual assault or abuse is by using forensic light sources, which emit certain wavelengths and excite body fluids to fluoresce. However, the success of the visualization of the fluorescence signal can be significantly reduced when unfavorable conditions especially daylight are present or
Two cases from the Ruhr Area in Western Germany are presented. In each case, the deceased had been wrapped in plastic bags and placed inside a large compost bin in the backyard of the property. In both cases, the relatives claimed that the decedent had died from a natural cause and that they had concealed the body to ensure the further payment of the(More)
The forensic luminol test is used to screen large areas for the presence of blood. The heme-induced reduction of hydrogen peroxide is coupled to the oxidation of luminol resulting in luminescence. However, photographic documentation of the relatively weak and short-lived luminescence is difficult and luminol is now often replaced by other chemicals. In this(More)
Systematic variation of blood droplet volume, the distance fallen and the surface (paper, wood, plastics, tiles) led to the conclusion that the size and the shape of the stains ("fingers", satellites) allowed to deduce the distance fallen but only if the actual surface structure was known. We found that detailed photography at the crime scene was necessary,(More)
The movie genre "snuff" appeared in the late 70s and shows the allegedly real, often cruel killing of people. More recently, a growing number of short video clips have been distributed via the internet, which also belong into this category and were clearly recognized as fictional on the basis of technical details by two study groups at the 80th Annual(More)
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