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See these Gory 19th Century illustrations of Murder and Suicide

Published in 1898 as a textbook on forensic medicine, the Atlas of legal medicine covers cases of murder and suicide in grim detail. The painfully and beautifully executed illustrations by Mr. A. Schmitson show different modes of murder and suicide that rival crime TV in their gore. I can just imagine Mr. Schmitson having to sit for hours gazing at corpses and capturing their tiniest, most putrid features. Corpses of unwanted children, abused wives and depressed husbands. It makes for gorgeous, gory art that I’m happy to be sharing with you right here:

Suicide by a Shot with a Hunting-rifle and “Spreading Cartridge” (Stauchpatrone)

via Dr. Tenge

Suicide by Hanging; Suspension of the Body for Several Days; Peculiar Distrubution of the Hypostases
Suicide by Hanging; Suspension of the Body for Several Days; Peculiar Distrubution of the Hypostases
Suicide by Hanging; Suspension of the Body for Several Days; Peculiar Distrubution of the Hypostases
Murder Produced with a Fascine-knife
Newly Born Child Killed by Having Its Throat Cut and by being Strangled
Fungus- (Algae-) formation on a Cadaver found in Water, two weeks
Fungus- (Algae-) formation on a Cadaver found in Water, four weeks
Suffocation by a Portion of the Membranes
Burns Produced by Flames
Left Hand of a Drowned Person whose Body had Remained in Running Water for Several Weeks
Lower Extremity of a Newly Born Child which Remained Several Months in Running Water; Formation of Adipocere
Mummified Cadaver
Carbonic-oxid Poisoning (Charcoal-fumes)
Suicide through Stabbing
Suicide by Hanging with an Old Rope Wound Five Times about the Neck
Suicide by Cutting the Throat
Suicide by Hanging with a Double Rope. Asymmetric Position of the Noose
Suicide by Hanging
Murder the Result of Various Injuries Inflicted with Different Instruments
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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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