Dental Evidence Parkman–Webster murder case

Who?
George Parkman
John Webster (murdered)
How?
He was murdered by John Webster at Hartford college. One of the janitors at the college testified against John saying he had found bones in John's lab. But no one believed him because he was believed to be a grave robber.
Why?
Forensic teeth analysis is still used today in identifying bodies that are badly burned or unrecognizable.Webster had profound financial problems and made his income by selling tickets to his chemistry lectures and with loans from friends, including Parkman.
Webster was found guilty and convicted of murder. John Webster bit Dr. George Parkman.
Evidence
The dental evidence was obtained by a guy named Nathan Cooley Keen. This case was the first time in the U.S. history that dental records were used to convict a suspect of a murder.

Improved Modern Studies

Deals with the application of dental science in the identification of unknown human remains and bite marks.

Determines:

Age

Sex

Race/ Cultural Practices.

The source of the bite mark injuries cases of assault or suspected abuse.

Identifies the human remains that cannot be identified using face recognition, fingerprints, or other means.

Identifies bodies in mass fatalities, such as plane crashes and natural disasters.

Estimate the age of skeletal remains.

Hyperlinks

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/murder/peopleevents/e_charge.html

http://massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=85

Created By
Jasmine Wade
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