The term "€œplanned complex suicideâ€" means the combination of more than one method of suicide, planned to prevent failure of the first method to ensure a fatal outcome. Professional skills and tools are sometimes used to plan and perpetrate the suicide. A case of planned complex suicide of a mechanical engineer working with furnaces in a tube factory is herein reported. The suicide was committed in a rudimental furnace set up in the victim’s apartment using his professional skills, by assembling furniture, mattresses, books and flammable liquid present in the house. Three-dimensional models of the crime scene before and after the realization of the “homemade furnace” are proposed. The discussion will focus on the importance of a comprehensive analysis of the professional background of the victim to infer the manner of death for the identification of complex and occupation-related suicides.

A homemade furnace. Influence of occupational skills in a fire-related planned complex suicide

Palazzo, Chiara;Fais, Paolo;Mazzotti, Maria Carla;GAUDIO, ROSA MARIA;Pelletti, Guido
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Pelotti, Susi
2018

Abstract

The term "€œplanned complex suicideâ€" means the combination of more than one method of suicide, planned to prevent failure of the first method to ensure a fatal outcome. Professional skills and tools are sometimes used to plan and perpetrate the suicide. A case of planned complex suicide of a mechanical engineer working with furnaces in a tube factory is herein reported. The suicide was committed in a rudimental furnace set up in the victim’s apartment using his professional skills, by assembling furniture, mattresses, books and flammable liquid present in the house. Three-dimensional models of the crime scene before and after the realization of the “homemade furnace” are proposed. The discussion will focus on the importance of a comprehensive analysis of the professional background of the victim to infer the manner of death for the identification of complex and occupation-related suicides.
Palazzo, Chiara; Fais, Paolo; Mazzotti, Maria Carla; Gaudio, Rosa Maria; Pelletti, Guido*; Pelotti, Susi
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