Hangings – A Practical Study of Ligatures and Suspension Point Morphology

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Authors
  1. Nicholls, T.
Corporate Authors
Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia ON (CAN) Technical Identification Services Unit;Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the physical evidence consistent with a self-inflicted hanging act, such as a suicide or autoerotic death, and provide a comparison through the examination of homicidal type hangings. The goal of the study is to improve, through education, the investigative technique at death scenes involving hangings and ultimately be able to distinguish homicidal hanging scenes from suicidal scenes, using physical evidence and a thorough investigation, should a questionable or indistinguishable scene arise.
Keywords
Hanging -- Investigation;Homicide investigation;Suicide -- Investigation;Crime scene searches
Report Number
HV8073;TR-09-2001E;TR-09-2001 — Technical report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2000
Number of Pages
178
DSTKIM No
CA031267
CANDIS No
529991
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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