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Citation

Stockhausen S, Wöllner K, Mohle F, Doberentz E, Kernbach-Wighton G, Madea B. Arch. Kriminol. 2017; 239(3-4): 87-98.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2017, Verlag Schmidt-Romhild)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

29870179

Abstract

Cases in which several persons who died from an unnatural cause are found together are often difficult. It is necessary to exclude homicide committed by another person and to clarify whether the deaths are the result of a homicide-suicide or a joint suicide of persons wishing to die. Two cases in which couples with gunshot wounds to the head had been found lifeless in their homes are presented. In both cases, the deceased were of advanced ages and suffered from severe pre-existing diseases. Due to the circumstances at the scene, the results of the investigations and the autopsies as well as the suicide notes found, a double suicide was assumed in both cases. The husbands killed themselves after shooting their wives. Based on the presented cases the so-called double suicide and the need for a thorough investigation of the death scene with the problem of differentiating it from homicide-suicide and double homicide are discussed.


Language: en

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