Decapitation in suicidal hanging - A case report with a review of the literature

Bao Li Zhu, Li Quan, Kaori Ishida, Shigeki Oritani, Mari Taniguchi, Masaki Q. Fujita, Kazunori Fukita, Hitoshi Maeda

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We report a case of self-decapitation by suicidal hanging from a river bridge and discuss the decapitation mechanism, reviewing the literature. The torso and the head of the victim, respectively, were found apart in a river approximately 100 m and 600 m, respectively, downstream from the bridge in two days. Morphological, serological and DNA analyses confirmed their identity. Torn ligaments between the atlas and axis accompanied by fractures in the axis at the partes interarticulares were indicative of a traction force combined with anteroflexion of the head by falling from a height, and the radial pressure due to a strong, single twisted nylon rope with a slip knot was considered to have contributed considerably to the subsequent skin laceration with wavy marginal abrasions. In the reviewed literature, cervical spine fractures were described only in two of six cases, suggesting head movement at the time of decapitation.

ジャーナルLegal Medicine
出版ステータスPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 病理学および法医学
  • 諸問題の倫理的、法的側面


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