A Template for the Investigation of Suicidal Behavior and Subject Precipitated Homicide

Thomas Streed, PhD

Abstract


            Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among all Americans, the second leading cause of death among Americans ages 25-34, and the third leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 24.  

            Over the past 30 years, researchers have created a number of mnemonics to aid in the identification and quick assessment of pre-suicidal individuals, however, these mnemonics have been limited in terms of their scope.  While the 65-point mnemonic template, “S-U-I-CI-D-A-L,” developed by Forensic Consultation International (FCI) also describes criteria that aid in the recognition of an individual who is at risk of committing suicide, it further provides a template to aid in the determination of whether the mode of an undetermined death is consistent with a natural death, an accidental death, a suicide, a homicide, or must remain as undetermined. Additionally, the “S-U-I-CI-D-A-L” mnemonic provides a template for the investigation of Subject Precipitated Homicide (suicide-by-cop).   

 

Keywords:  Psychological Autopsy; Self-destruction; Suicide; Suicide-by-cop; Police Shootings; Death Investigation.   


Keywords


Psychological Autopsy; Self-destruction; Suicide; Suicide-by-cop; Police Shootings; Death Investigation.

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ISSN 1942-7794