PMID: 878673May 27, 1977

An extraordinary case: suicide with insulin in a grave dug by the victim himself

Zeitschrift für Rechtsmedizin. Journal of legal medicine
C F Hänsch, G De Roy


The undressed body of a young man was discovered in a pit in a forest. The victim was a 27 year old depressed man, suffering from a severe diabetes. Besides personal objects, three empty insulin vials (400 I.U./vial) and empty ampules of distilled water, injection-needles and a syringe were also found in the pit. The investigation carried out at the scene, the questioning of his family and physicians, and the autopsy clarified this unusual case. In conclusion the hypothesis of "suicide" was maintained: the man administered himself a large dose of insulin; in hypoglycaemic coma he died from a bronchopneumonia in a "grave" dug by himself.


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