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Consuming criminal corpses : Fascination with the dead criminal body. / Penfold-Mounce, R.

In: Mortality, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2010, p. 250-265.

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Penfold-Mounce, R 2010, 'Consuming criminal corpses: Fascination with the dead criminal body', Mortality, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 250-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2010.496618

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Penfold-Mounce, R. (2010). Consuming criminal corpses: Fascination with the dead criminal body. Mortality, 15(3), 250-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2010.496618

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Penfold-Mounce R. Consuming criminal corpses: Fascination with the dead criminal body. Mortality. 2010;15(3):250-265. https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2010.496618

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Penfold-Mounce, R. / Consuming criminal corpses : Fascination with the dead criminal body. In: Mortality. 2010 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 250-265.

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