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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182186f67
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Homicide-Suicide (Dyadic Death): A Case Study of Double Hanging

du Plessis, Marna MBChB; Hlaise, Keven Khazamula MBChB, Dip for Med, FC for Path(SA)

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Abstract

Abstract: Murder-suicide, homicide-suicide, and dyadic death all refer to an incident where a homicide is committed followed by the perpetrator’s suicide almost immediately or soon after the homicide. Homicide-suicides are relatively uncommon and vary from region to region. In the selected literature that we reviewed, shooting was the common method of killing and suicide, and only 3 cases of homicidal hanging involving child victims were identified. We present a case of dyadic death where the method of killing and suicide was hanging, and the victim was a young woman.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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