28 abril 2017

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case, Thanks To Forensic Investigators

Who Killed the Iceman? Clues Emerge in a Very Cold Case, Thanks To Forensic Investigators:

He had an extremely deep cut on his right hand, to the bone. It was potentially debilitating, but had only happened a day or two before Otzi’s death, so no healing had really happened. Otzi’s body did not have other wounds or bruises. And there was blood from four people on Otzi – blood on his cloak, two different people’s blood on an arrowhead in his quiver, and a fourth person’s blood on his knife. Add to that the pollen samples. In the last two days he had walked from an elevation of about 6,500 feet, down to the valley floor and then up into the mountains again, where he was found at the crime site, 10,500 feet up. There he was killed with an arrow to the back, shot from almost 100 feet away. What did all of this tell investigators?

Well, this sounds like Otzi went down to the valley and got into an altercation. But he likely killed or seriously wounded the other person, since Otzi had an extreme wound, on his hand, but that was it. Someone fighting for their life, but losing, would cut a man to the bone in one place but be unable to continue fighting back. Otzi fled the scene, going to the high Alps. He set up camp and cooked himself a meal in a protected gully on the mountain saddle. Roughly thirty minutes later, a vengeful someone found him. Otzi was shot in the back. The arrow ripped through a roughly half-inch section of his subclavian artery, a wound that would have been quickly fatal and probably not treatable even in modern times. Otzi died in the gully and his body was preserved in a glacier until it was found in 1991 by hikers.

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