Volume 35, Issue 2 (March 1990)

    Sleep Violence—Forensic Science Implications: Polygraphic and Video Documentation

    (Received 10 February 1989; accepted 17 April 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    During the past century, infrequent, anecdotal reports of sleep-related violence with forensic science implications have appeared. Recent rapid developments in the field of sleep-disorders medicine have resulted in greater understanding of a variety of sleep-related behaviors, and formal sleep-behavior monitoring techniques have permitted their documentation and classification. Sleep-related violence can be associated with a number of diagnosable and treatable sleep disorders, including (1) night terrors/sleepwalking, (2) nocturnal seizures, (3) rapid eye movement (REM) sleep-behavior disorder, (4) sleep drunkenness, and (5) psychogenic dissociative states occurring during the sleep period. Potentially violent automatized behavior, without consciousness, can and does occur during sleep. The violence resulting from these disorders may be misinterpreted as purposeful suicide, assault, or even homicide. Sleep-related violence must be added to the list of automatisms. A classification system of both waking and sleep-related automatic behavior is proposed, with recommendations for assessment of such behavior.


    Author Information:

    Schenck, CH
    Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

    Mahowald, MW
    Director, Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Hennepin County Medical Center; Department of Neurology, Hennepin County Medical Center; and University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

    Bundlie, SR
    Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

    Hurwitz, TD
    Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


    Stock #: JFS12842J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12842J

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    Title Sleep Violence—Forensic Science Implications: Polygraphic and Video Documentation
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30