Unusual methods of suicide: Complexities in investigation

M. Arun, Vikram Palimar, G. N.Pramod Kumar, Ritesh G. Menezes

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Differentiation between suicide and homicide often becomes difficult owing to the unusual methods of suicide used by the victim and the complexities thus posed. Investigating the cases of unusual suicides provides a considerable challenge to the authorities concerned. The issue of homicide should often be ruled out in such cases, which require careful evaluation. This is best done by correlating the morbid anatomical findings at autopsy with the death scene analysis coupled with psychological autopsy. Many forensic practitioners have reported unusual methods of suicide at their respective workplaces. Various types of unusual methods of suicide and the complexities involved in their investigation are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-153
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • Law


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