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Police Investigations

Murray Colin and Sanders Peter

in Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622849
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652952 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622849.003.0008
Police Investigations

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This chapter describes the police investigations on medicine murders. It considers the search for the body; the post-mortem examination; police enquiries; and the movement of police against the chiefs. It was the duty of the chief or his representative to send out a search party. In most cases this was done even when the chief himself was the murderer, and several of the accomplices might help in the search. Post-mortems were usually carried out by government doctors, but a mission doctor might be called upon if the murder took place close to a mission station. By the time police officers arrive in a village, the whole community would be buzzing with talk about the murder.

Keywords: medicine murders; post-mortem examination; body search; chief

Chapter.  10230 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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