Case ReportsHomicide-Suicide (Dyadic Death) A Case Study of Double Hangingdu Plessis, Marna MBChB; Hlaise, Keven Khazamula MBChB, Dip for Med, FC for Path(SA)Author Information From the Department of Forensic Medicine, Medunsa Campus of University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa. Manuscript received October 14, 2010; accepted December 21, 2010. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Marna du Plessis, MBChB, Department of Forensic Medicine, Medunsa Campus of University of Limpopo, Medunsa 0204, South Africa. E-mail: [email protected]. The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: September 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 262-264 doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3182186f67 Buy Metrics 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.