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Citation

Lignitz E, Koops E, Puschel K. Arch. Kriminol. 1988; 182(3-4): 83-93.

Vernacular Title

Tod durch Bolzenschussgerate--Eine retrospektive Analyse von 34 Fallen aus Berlin

Affiliation

Institut für Gerichtliche Medizin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1988, Verlag Schmidt-Romhild)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

3240035

Abstract

The autopsy material of the institutes for forensic medicine in Berlin/GDR and Hamburg was analyzed retrospectively (period from 1961 till 1987; 70,000 autopsies) for fatalities caused by "humane killers" (n = 22) and stud guns (n = 12).-Epidemiological, criminological and morphological findings: The decreased were all men aged between 18 and 75 years (mean 48 years) except one 61 year-old paraplegic women who was killed by her husband with a humane killer. The great majority of cases consisted of suicides; two accidents at work were caused by stud guns. These unusual weapons are normally used by skilled people (i.e. butchers or constructional workers respectively). The fatal wounds were situated at the head, especially the forehead, seldom at the nape of the neck or in the mouth, or sometimes in the chest when using stud guns. Combined suicides (especially together with hanging) are not unusual. Survival periods (with or without acting capacity) can range between minutes or even months (after neurosurgical intervention).-The frequency of such unusual and overall rare cases did not raise during the investigation period.


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