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Citation

Sikary AK, Swain R, Dhaka S, Gupta SK, Yadav A. J. Forensic Sci. 2016; 61(6): 1686-1688.

Affiliation

Senior Resident, Department of Forensic Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2016, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/1556-4029.13193

PMID

27643706

Abstract

In suicide pact, two or more victims mutually agree and execute to end their lives together by predetermined method, preferably by hanging, drowning, gunshot, or poisoning. The victims are usually spouses, lovers, or friends, and the reasons behind such steps are various. In this reported suicide pact, husband-wife duo jumped from the terrace of a 12-meter-high building with their wrist bound to each other. Although they jumped together, the injury patterns were completely different. The man landed on head sustaining mainly craniocerebral injuries, and the wife landed on feet sustaining long bone injuries. They left a suicide note pointing out sudden demise of their only child as the reason for the suicide, and it was signed by both of them. Jumping from a height in suicide pact has not been reported in the scientific literature yet.

© 2016 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


Language: en

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