Planned complex suicide: Self-strangulation and plaster ingestion

Germerott, Tanja; Jaenisch, Stefanie; Hatch, Gary; Albrecht, Urs-Vito; Guenther, Detlef (2010). Planned complex suicide: Self-strangulation and plaster ingestion. Forensic science international, 202(1-3), e35-7. Shannon: Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.04.053

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The literature contains many case reports of planned and complex suicides, which combine various methods to commit suicide. In this article, we present the anomalous suicide of an adult male by strangulation with a belt and simultaneous ingestion of plaster. The specific circumstances of the case are described and relevant literature is briefly reviewed. This case vignette illustrates one example of the wide ranging methods employed in suicides and may represent the first reported case of a fatal complex suicide involving self-strangulation and plaster ingestion. Knowledge of varied and sometimes unusual suicide methods is important to the forensic investigator to prevent unnecessary criminal investigation and to reliably and confidently establish manner and cause of death.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

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Germerott, Tanja and Hatch, Gary




Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland




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04 Oct 2013 14:10

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04 May 2014 23:05

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