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NCJ Number: NCJ 242044     Find in a Library
Title: Observed Characteristics of Suicidal Hangings: An 11-year Retrospective Review
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1226 to 1230
Author(s): Dorothy E. Dean, M.D. ; Lisa J. Kohler, M.D. ; George C. Sterbenz, M.D. ; Patrick J. Gillespie, A.S. ; Niki S. Gonzaga, M.D. ; Laurie J. Bauer, D.O. ; Karen Looman, D.O. ; O'Dell Owens, M.D.
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Many studies have been published regarding suicidal hanging deaths, and most forensic pathologists and coroners are very familiar with such causes of death.
Abstract: Many studies have been published regarding suicidal hanging deaths, and most forensic pathologists and coroners are very familiar with such causes of death. Forensic pathologists are challenged over their rulings regarding manner of death in part because the general public has a limited scope of knowledge. One such challenge centers on the question of whether a hanging can be a suicide if the individual is not fully suspended. The authors designed a retrospective study to review suspension in hangings and to analyze other criteria used to help in deciding manner of death. The authors examined 229 suicidal hanging deaths over an 11-year period (1997 through early 2009) using the data from two separate jurisdictions in Ohio. In conclusion, the authors found that the vast majority (83.4 percent) of people who hanged themselves were found partially suspended. Among other criteria analyzed, only the presence of petechial hemorrhages and acute neck injury was statistically significant. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensic pathology
Index Term(s): Suicide ; Statistics ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Death investigations ; Ohio
   
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