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Planned complex suicide: Self-strangulation and plaster ingestion.
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PMID:  20554136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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.
Tanja Germerott; Stefanie Jaenisch; Gary Hatch; Urs-Vito Albrecht; Detlef Guenther
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  202     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e35-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Institute of Legal Medicine, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany.
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