Volume 32, Issue 1 (January 1987)

    Suicide Disguised as Murder: A Dimension of Munchausen Syndrome

    (Received 1 February 1986; accepted 21 March 1986)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This case study reports on a suicide made to look like murder. The case highlights the issue of false claims of criminal victimization and suggests the need for a reexamination of the dynamics of factitious allegations of criminal victimization. Factitious complaints of mental or physical illness are typically self-reported to psychiatric or medical authorities. This paper illustrates a different kind of phenomenon: one in which an injury or disorder is brought to medical attention by way of the police, who report the death or injury as arising from criminal victimization.


    Author Information:

    McDowell, CP
    Command crime advisor, Headquarters, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC


    Stock #: JFS12352J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12352J

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    Title Suicide Disguised as Murder: A Dimension of Munchausen Syndrome
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    Committee E30