Captain Gordon Hess - Homicide or Suicide? An Equivocal Death Analysis

  • James M. Adcock, PhD
Keywords: Equivocal Death Analysis, Homicide, Suicide



The purpose of this case study is twofold: (1) to define Equivocal Death Analysis, identifying the process one should go through to conduct a proper and accurate analysis and (2) to use the death of Captain Gordon Hess as the backdrop (case example) that will demonstrate the key characteristics of an Equivocal Death Analysis and show the reader how easy it is for information to be misinterpreted ultimately adversely affecting the lives of many, especially the surviving family members and instill distrust with the investigative system.

Keywords: Equivocal Death Analysis; Homicide; Suicide