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The Postman Always Rings Twice: Two Cases of Shotgun Deaths Associated With an Unconventional Home Security Alarm System

Asirdizer, Mahmut MD*; Turkmen, Nursel MD; Akan, Okan MD; Yavuz, Mehmet Sunay MD§

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2014 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 89–95
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0000000000000088
Case Reports

Injury and death cases caused by booby traps are not common in forensic medicine practice. Besides, installation of booby traps including firearms is generally for suicidal and rarely for homicidal purposes. Although few patents were described about home security alarm system that were created by firearms in the United States, 1 sample of injury with a similar unconventional mechanism of home safety system was reported by Asirdizer and Yavuz in 2009. In the published case report, the story of an electrical technician who was invited to a summer house by the homeowner to check the home security alarm system was reported. In the so-called report, he was stated to be injured by the shotgun attached to the unconventional home security alarm system while checking the system. As a result, the homeowner was convicted of a possible intent to cause a life-threatening injury to the technician.

The so-called homeowner and his wife died by the same shotgun attached to the same unconventional home security alarm system 4 years on from the first event. In the present case report, we have aimed to present the findings of the crime scene and the autopsies of these unusual 2 deaths and to discuss individual and legal factors in paving the way for the deaths of 2 people.

From the *Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van; †Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Uludag University; ‡Mortuary Section of Bursa Branch, Council of Forensic Medicine, Bursa; and §Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey.

Manuscript received December 27, 2012; accepted April 24, 2013.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Mahmut Asirdizer, MD, Department of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, 65080, Van, Turkey. E-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.