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In a 2007 homicide in Western Australia, small (<0.5 mm diameter) red brick fragments and soil were identified on the victim's clothing (mainly bra), body (mainly hair) and vehicle. A comparative study of the mineralogy and morphology of the red brick fragments with red bricks from the paved area in front of the victim's house was undertaken by traditional laboratory X-ray diffraction (XRD) using low background Si wafer holders and a 0.5 mm focusing monocapillary attachment. Whilst significant similarities were observed between the two datasets, peak overlaps and poor resolution prevented a specific provenance to be determined. Additional analyses...

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