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Type: Journal article
Title: Characteristic features of deaths due to decapitation
Author: Byard, R.
Gilbert, J.
Citation: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 2004; 25(2):129-130
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0195-7910
Abstract: Deaths due to decapitation are rare in civilian populations. A study in South Australia over 17 years from January 1986 to December 2002 revealed 20 cases (age range, 14 to 72 years; average, 30.7 years; male to female ratio, 15:5). There were 13 suicides consisting of 11 train-related deaths (age range, 14 to 72 years; average, 31.3 years; male to female ratio, 10:1), 1 hanging death, and 1 death using a ligature and a motor vehicle. Five cases related to motor vehicle crashes (age range, 19 to 46 years; average, 30.2 years; male to female ratio, 1:4) and 2 were associated with industrial trauma. Suicidal decapitation accounted for <1% of total suicides and showed a striking male predominance, with the favored method involving trains.
Keywords: Humans; Neck Injuries; Methods; Suicide; Forensic Medicine; Accidents, Occupational; Accidents, Traffic; Sex Distribution; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Australia; Female; Male
RMID: 0020040507
DOI: 10.1097/01.paf.0000127400.12824.f9
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