Female homicide-suicide perpetrators: A controlled study

D. A. Fishbain, V. J. Rao, T. E. Aldrich

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Abstract

The record files of the Dade County Medical Examiner Department were reviewed and 133 homicide-suicides were identified. Of these, ten (or 7.5%) were female perpetrated. The chart data of these 10 female homicide-suicide perpetrators, chart data of 50 female homicide-suicide victims, and 50 female individual suicides systematically selected as controls were tabulated using a standardized instrument. The results were analyzed for differences using simple statistical methods. The comparisons revealed that female homicide-suicide perpetrators were more likely than female homicide-suicide victims to live in mobile homes, kill their lover or ex-lover, have their crime accidentally discovered, leave a suicide note, kill on a weekend, and be depressed, but are less likely than female homicide-suicide victims to live with a spouse. Additionally, female homicide-suicide perpetrators were more likely than individual female suicides to live in mobile homes but less likely to live alone and to be depressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1148-1156
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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