Case ReportSimon's Bleedings in Case of Incomplete Hanging A Case ReportFracasso, Tony MD; Pfeiffer, Heidi MDAuthor Information From the Institute of Legal Medicine, University Hospital, Münster, Germany. Manuscript received August 30, 2006; accepted April 6, 2007. Reprints: Tony Fracasso, Institute of Legal Medicine, Röntgenstr. 23, 48149 Münster, Germany. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: December 2008 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 352-353 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31818582bb Buy Metrics Abstract Simon's bleedings are hemorrhages into the anterior aspect of the intervertebral discs of the lumbar region and are usually considered a classic sign of vitality in cases of hanging with full suspension of the body. The presented case shows that such a finding can also occur in cases of incomplete hanging. This paper renews the knowledge of this important sign classically described in the German medicolegal literature. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.