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Extended suicide using an atypical stud gun.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19428201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suicides with stud guns are uncommon, but are well documented in the literature. On rare occasions, stud guns are also used as a homicide weapon. This case report describes an extended suicide in which a husband killed his wife and their two dogs, which lived on the property. The husband then committed suicide with a shot from the stud gun into his skull. He was a 70-year-old pensioner, a retired butcher, who was found by his son. He was lying in a supine position on a carpet in the living room, with the stud gun stuck in his skull. During autopsy, high concentrations of an antihistamine were found in the blood of each corpse; this drug is used as a soporific. In contrast to the literature, which mainly describes powder deposits due to the use of conventional stud guns, in this case a stud gun was used in which the expanding gases and powder escaped together with the central bolt at the front of the device; powder drains were not involved. Detailed findings of the autopsy are given with reference to this type of stud gun.
L Hagemeier; C Schyma; B Madea
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2009-05-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  189     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-22     Completed Date:  2009-11-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e9-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Forensic Medicine, Stiftsplatz 12, 53111 Bonn, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Abattoirs / instrumentation*
Brain / pathology
Doxylamine / blood
Forensic Pathology
Head Injuries, Penetrating / etiology,  pathology
Histamine Antagonists / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Histamine Antagonists; 469-21-6/Doxylamine

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