Nearly 70 decomposing bodies left to rot in suitcases to help ‘catch murderers’

Almost 70 decomposing bodies have been left in wheelie bins and suitcases around the country in an attempt to catch killers.

The strange study is taking place in Western Australia, where suitcases and bins have been filled with stillborn piglets in the hopes of studying and understanding the decomposition process.

Researchers are hoping to understand the effects of temperature changes and humidity inside and outside of the cases, as well as changes to the bones or bodies.

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Several stillborn piglets have been left exposed to the elements as a control group for the study, which hopes to aide crime scene investigators with their "reconstruction of events" in murder cases.

Paola Magni, senior lecturer in forensic science at Murdoch Univeristy, said that dozens of deceased bodies are concealed in what is referred to as "limited access environments".

Suitcases, wheele bins, trunks of cars and even wardrobes and cupboards were cited as potential resting places for murder victims.

Magni said this occurs because "perpetrators try to avoid an easy discovery by the authorities" or "because they need something in which they can temporarily store and move the body from place to place".

Those places, Magni says, are "from the primary crime scene where the death event/murder happens, to the secondary crime scene, where the body is left or discovered."

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Of the rather bizarre decomposition studies, Magni believes it will provide crucial help to the restoration of the crime scene.

He said: "Time is crucial in the reconstruction of the events, to pinpoint people, places and motives.

"A forensic pathologist has a short window of about three days since the death to estimate the time since death, while insects can be present and provide information for days, months and years.

"We are providing the first data to critical analyse bodies found in such environments. The data available at this moment are not sufficient to support criminal investigation regarding bodies found in suitcases".

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