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NCJ Number: 229691 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide-Suicide in Konya, Turkey Between 2000 and 2007
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:110-115
Author(s): Kamil Hakan Dogan, M.D.; Serafettin Demirci, M.D.; Gursel Gunaydin, M.D.; Bora Buken, M.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Homicide followed by the suicide of the murderer is a relatively rare lethal incident in which an individual kills another person and subsequently dies by suicide. Cases involving a homicide and a suicide in which death examinations and autopsies were performed at the Konya Branch of the Forensic Medicine Council between 2000 and 2007 were retrospectively investigated.
Abstract: During the studied time period, there were 10 homicide-suicide cases identified, with 10 perpetrators killing 12 victims. Nine of the perpetrators were men and eight of the victims were women. The precipitating motive was an impending divorce in four of the cases. Two perpetrators were described as severely depressed, one had a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, and one was a pedophile who had reactive depression. Firearms were used in eight of the homicide cases and seven of the suicides. Constricting the use of firearms may reduce/prevent future homicide-suicide cases, as it is the most commonly used method to carry out homicide-suicides. 3 tables and 37 references (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Firearm-crime relationships; Firearms deaths; Foreign criminal justice research; Homicide; Longitudinal studies; Murder; Offender profiles; Suicide; Turkey; Victim profiles
Note: Presented at the First International Eurasian Congress of Forensic Sciences, October 8-11, 2008, in Instanbul, Turkey.
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