Suicidal Decapitation by Hanging-A Inhabitants-based Examine.
J Forensic Sci. 2018 Could;63(three):958-960
Authors: Byard RW, Gilbert JD
A potential research was undertaken at Forensic Science SA over a 15-year interval from July 2002 to June 2017 for all instances of grownup (>18 years) suicidal hangings with decapitation. A complete of 1446 instances of suicidal hangings have been recognized from a normal inhabitants of roughly 1.5 million (1206 males-age vary 18-97 years, common 42.6; and 240 females-age vary 18-96 years, common 40.1). Solely three instances of decapitation have been discovered, all from long-drop hangings; these consisted of three males (ages 32-55 years; common 45 years). Spinal transections had occurred between the primary and second, second and third, and third and fourth cervical vertebrae, respectively. On this research, the variety of suicidal hangings with decapitation represented solely zero.2% of the entire variety of hangings. These occasions are due to this fact extraordinarily uncommon, most probably because of most suicidal hangings occurring from comparatively low ranges in a home surroundings.
PMID: 28886214 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]