Apostmortem examination uncovered a catalogue of bruises and abrasions on Aukse’s body as well as two bite marks on her head.
She suffered significant internal injuries including a deep cut to the liver, five rib fractures, and bleeding on the brain and eyes, indicating that she had been shaken.
An examination of one of the bite marks showed it matched the defendant’s teeth imprint, the court heard.
After he was arrested, the defendant admitted he had been in sole care of the baby but denied hurting her.
Before his trial, he produced an account claiming the baby must have fallen out of bed and hit her head on the side of the cot while he was beside her in a deep sleep.
Then on the day his trial was due to start in May, he produced a radically different account, accepting for the first time that he caused the injuries, the court heard.
He said he had shaken his baby and thrown her on the bed and then from there she fell to the floor, the court heard.
But the prosecutor said Medvedevas had still failed to account for all the injuries and there was no explanation for the bite marks on Aukse’s forehead.
Man admits murdering his baby daughter | UK news | theguardian.com
Given the rarity of public reporting on children’s death at the hands of male parents, I wonder whether it is the ethnic background of the defendant or his young age or the grotesque nature of the injuries (biting) or all three that has put this case in a kind of spotlight.
“Something we don’t have a lot of on exhibit—I wish we did, and maybe we will in the future—is our historical photographs,” Dhody says. “Since the moment that photography was invented, it was used for medical purposes. Doctors immediately realized, ‘Hey, I can take pictures of my patients’ pathology so I can mail them to other doctors—I don’t have to cart the patient around or get the doctor to come to see the patient.’ The medical implications of photography were groundbreaking.” Among the photos in the collection is the one above. Though there’s no information written on the back, Dhody says that “judging by the way it’s kind of floppy like that, it makes more sense for it to be a uterine or ovarian cyst—something like that. It could be a tumor. It’s definitely something that’s not supposed to be there.” The photo below is a painting of the uterus of a pregnant cow, circa 1850.
(via 11 Things You Won’t See on Display at the Mütter Museum | Mental Floss)
On May 15, 1934, a man named Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of Sheffield sent a letter confirming a meeting where he would “demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography.” Decades later, his lantern slides of “supposedly paranormal and unknown forces caught on camera” turned up in the collections of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, which recently uploaded the profoundly strange photographs to their Flickr Commons.
A scan of the letter is included, where MacCarthy writes his “Psychic Photography From A New Angle” discussion will “indicate the increasing scope for fraud with the advancement of science — though not to disprove the probability of genuine Spirit Photography.” That last comment showing he was something of a believer. Tyne & Wear explains that not much “is currently known of the Psychic demonstration. Who sat on the invited committee? Who was Mr MacCarthy? Why was he investigating Psychic Photography?”
All we have to go on are the lantern slides, yet standing alone they are an unsettling, surreal assortment. Even out of context, each implies the intervention of something supernatural, whether it’s a shawl hovering against darkness, or text reading “Kate Fox,” a likely reference to Kate of the famous Fox Sisters mediums. As a commenter points out, one of the slides reproduces William Henry Fox Talbot’s 1835 shot of a window at Lacock Abbey, known as the oldest surviving photographic negative. It’s possible others might be culled from sources lost to time.
(via Unsettling Psychic Photography from the 1930s)
The video for Duologue's “Memex.”
It reminds me a bit of the work of photographer Manabu Yamanaka and his “Gyahtei" series.
[T]he most startling thing about the Memex video is that none of those hyper-realistic shots are photos. It’s a virtual 3-D scan of a human body, in this case, British actor Beryl Nesbitt. The knowledge that it’s virtual reality makes watching the video a little like seeing a Chuck Close for the first time: Your eyes initially registered a black-and-white photograph of monolithic scale, and it takes a few beats before you can believe that it’s a painting.
London-based creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast—great name!—made the video for the band (and their friends) Duologue as an deep dive experiment into filmmaking for virtual reality. Hollywood has been using various kinds of 3-D scanning technology for years—films like Avatar, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, relied on it. But for the Memex video, the creators used 94 cameras, whereas some Hollywood studios have been reported to use seven, to capture Nesbitt’s glowing skin in the most microscopic detail possible.
(via Freaky 3-D scanning turns human skin into art - CNN.com)
A Michigan funeral home has introduced a drive-thru window so people can pay their respects to a lost loved one without ever leaving the comfort of their car.
They get three minutes to sign the guestbook and say goodbye, Ivan Phillips, president of the Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Michigan, told ABC News today.
“Some people don’t like funeral homes,” he said. “They think they’re gloomy or dark. And then you have those who are in wheelchairs. I thought a drive-thru would be a perfect place for those individuals.”
Dead People Get Life-Like Poses at Their Funerals
Phillips got the idea for a drive-thru window last year when he was working with an elderly woman whose husband passed away, and she was too sick and couldn’t move well enough to attend his funeral.
(via Drive-Thru Funeral Window Lets You Mourn From Car - ABC News)
Gang violence is rife in El Salvador, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. According to Salvadoran photographer Fred Ramos, about 1,500 people have been reported missing in the last year alone.
This was the impetus for Ramos’s harrowing series “The Last Outfit of the Missing,” which displays clothes that have been dug up from anonymous graves, on a white background. Often this clothing is the last trace or clue as to who these desaparecidos may have been. “I was documenting the work of forensic anthropologists from the Institute of Legal Medicine, and I realized how important the clothes of the exhumed were to them. … They hope that through those clothes the families can recognize their missing relatives,” Ramos told me.
(via Photos Fred Ramos The Last Outfit of The Missing | New Republic)
The breakthrough came when Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in historic DNA, was commissioned to study a shawl found with Eddowes, the second-last “confirmed” victim of the Ripper more than 125 years ago.
The shawl — which still retained historic stains — had been bought by a businessman at an auction in 2007.
“It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago,” Dr Louhelainen told a British newspaper.
“Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.
“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”
(via DNA tests ‘prove’ that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski)