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Elsdon claims that this photo stand with the round base was used to inflict the trauma to Inge’s head.
He states this as fact, because, according to him:
- The photo stand shows “signs of damage” – and Inge being a perfectionist, “would not have kept such a damaged object around”;
- The diameter of the base is “identical” to the diameter of a completed circle that would fit the crescent shaped blood mark on the bathroom floor;
- The base is “circular”, and the head wounds are “semi-circular”.
In order to move all this conjecture to the realm of substantial evidence, Elsdon is required to provide:
- The results of a forensic analysis that would support the possibility that the damage to the base could have been the result of contact with a human head, AND that the damage could not have been caused by a past mishap, e.g. falling or bumping.
- The results of a forensic analysis that can confirm that the base has been in contact with human blood. Washing the base with water and soap, and wiping it with a towel, would not have prevented Luminol from showing a positive result if it had been in contact with blood.
- The result of a forensic analysis that will support the possibility that the skin lacerations and underlying skull fractures could have been made by the base of the photo stand.
The following facts need to be considered:
- Elsdon has not been able to provide anyone with the results of any forensic studies and analysis to prove the base could have been one of the murder weapons;
- The diameter of the base is about 10 cm, while the diameter of the completed blood mark is about 6 cm, and the diameter of the semicircular laceration in Inge’s scalp is about 2 cm, and the diameter of the perfectly punched in hole in her skull where she was hit on the forehead is about 2 cm;
The geometrical fact is that the shape does not infer a circular shape, rather an elliptic one. Using the included ruler as scale, the green circle is 6 cm in diameter.
The diameter of the semi-circular lacerations are about 2 cm, the same as the hammer head’s diameter.
- Inge experienced a deep penetrating wound behind her ear, extending down to the palate. It would have been impossible for the base of any other part to cause a wound like this;
- The diameter of the base and the diameter of the completed blood mark on the bathroom floor is therefore NOT identical, as Elsdon claims. Nor is it possible for a 10 cm base to make 2 cm diameter semi-circular marks on any surface, nor to punch a 2 cm hole into anything.
So there is a photo stand with minor damage on a crime scene photo, and without any evidence or dimensions of this object, he decided that this IS (not must be – but IS) the object that caused the head wounds – because it conveniently fits his narrative. He simply has no evidence to support his claim. In fact there is solid scientific evidence against the photo stand as a murder weapon.
Furthermore, how can anyone deduce from looking at a mere photograph that the blood on the tiles below Inge’s head is “foreign”? But Elsdon does not hesitate from making such unsubstantiated deductions.
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