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Medico-legal and criminological suicide diagnosis on historical cases: testing a new methodology

Massaro, L and Borrini, M (2018) Medico-legal and criminological suicide diagnosis on historical cases: testing a new methodology. MOJ Biology and Medicine, 3 (2). pp. 14-17.

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Abstract

This work proposes a new combination of criteria for the suicide diagnosis applied to these three famous historical cases: Judas Iscariot, Antony and Cleopatra, Vincent Van Gogh. The specific criteria (suicide statistics and dynamics, correlation of types of injury and how they were produced, evidence gathered during official inspections in loco, and previous psychiatric disorders in the victim) have been applied to famous historical cases from different socio-cultural contexts and epochs in order to tackle the issue of suicide without prejudice. The results confirm the essential role of systematic analysis of all elements from an equivocal death crime scene investigation to be able to distinguish suicide from homicide or natural and accidental death. The scores obtained in each three examined case emphasize the relevance of every single criterion of the methodology for different scenarios.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: forensic science; equivocal death; crime scene investigation; investigative technique
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: MedCrave Group
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 10:02
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 10:02
DOI or Identification number: 10.15406/mojbm.2018.03.00068
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8693

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