Volume 32, Issue 1 (January 1987)

    Suicide Far from Home: The Concept of Transjurisdictional Suicide

    (Received 11 November 1985; accepted 21 March 1986)


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    A review of a series of eleven persons who committed suicide in a city long distances from home is presented, and the concept of transjurisdictional suicide is introduced. Those eleven cases suggest a high likelihood that the victim will be found in a hotel or motel bed by a hotel/motel employee within a day of check-in; the victim will be a white male who drove to the city and who lived in a hometown closely associated with an urban center which is within a day's drive and on an interstate route connecting the hometown to the city selected; the victim will be older than twenty-one years, married or never married but not divorced or widowed, and will not have been born in the state where death occurred; a suicide message will be found, and a specific reason for selecting a given city will not be apparent.

    Author Information:

    Hanzlick, RL
    Medical examiner, Fulton County, Atlanta, GA

    Ross, WK
    Resident, Emory School of Medicine and Affiliates, Atlanta, GA

    Stock #: JFS12341J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12341J

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    Title Suicide Far from Home: The Concept of Transjurisdictional Suicide
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30