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Type: Journal article
Title: Multiple injuries in suicide simulating homicide: report of three cases
Author: Austin, A.
Guddat, S.
Tsokos, M.
Gilbert, J.
Byard, R.
Citation: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2013; 20(6):601-604
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1752-928X
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Amy E. Austin, Saskia S. Guddat, Michael Tsokos, John D. Gilbert, Roger W. Byard
Abstract: Multiple inflicted injuries in traumatic deaths usually indicate homicide. Three cases are reported where homicide was initially suspected due to findings at the death scene and the apparent nature of the injuries however, after investigation, involvement of any other individuals in the deaths could be excluded. Case 1: A 52-year-old male was found with multiple stab wounds. At autopsy, 36 stab wounds were identified, the majority of which were superficial. Only two stab wounds had penetrated deeply. Case 2: A 19-year-old female was found with three gunshot entry wounds to the right temple and a .22 calibre automatic rifle resting across her lap. Case 3: A 47-year-old female was found with numerous haematomas and three deep head wounds in keeping with trauma from impact with a blunt object. A high level of clozapine was detected on toxicological analysis of blood and a history of schizophrenia was reported. Although multiple self-inflicted wounds are most often caused by sharp objects such as knives, on occasion multiple gunshot wounds and rarely, blunt trauma may also be encountered. Careful integration of scene and autopsy findings may be required to avoid misinterpretation of the circumstances and manner of death.
Keywords: Suicide; Homicide; Overkill; Multiple injuries; Self-mutilation; Tentative injury; Penetrating injury; Blunt force trauma
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020131445
DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2013.02.005
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