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Planned complex suicide by penetrating captive-bolt gunshot and hanging: case study and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19261403     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Captive-bolt guns or slaughterer's guns are devices widely used in meat industry and private farmer households for slaughtering animal stocks. They consist of a simple cylindrical metal tube (barrel) with a metal bolt placed in their centre (around 9-15cm long and 1-1.5cm wide). The bolt is actuated by a trigger pull and is propelled forward by compressed air or by the discharge of a blank powder gun cartridge. Violent deaths inflicted by captive-bolt guns are rarely encountered in forensic practice and are predominantly suicidal events. We report an unusual complex suicide by hanging and self-shooting with a slaughterer's gun in a 21-year-old boy. The victim after putting a ceiling fixed rope around his neck shot himself in the head (occipital region) with a Kerner captive-bolt gun. He used two mirrors (a cosmetic mirror and a man-sized one) in order to properly visualize his back and to target the occipital region of his head. Radiological data (computed tomography with three dimensional reconstruction) and autopsy findings are discussed according to the clinical and forensic literature. A brief review on planned complex suicides is also given.
Guido Viel; Ann Sophie Schröder; Klaus Püschel; Christian Braun
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2009-03-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  187     ISSN:  1872-6283     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-20     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e7-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Legal Medicine, Via Falloppio 50, 35121 Padova, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Asphyxia / complications*
Fatal Outcome
Head Injuries, Penetrating / complications*,  radiography
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Wounds, Gunshot / complications*,  radiography

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