posted on Jun, 13 2013 @ 02:08 AM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I thought that immediately because I had read this article not long ago.
It defines some pretty interesting coincidences.
Suicide or Homicide
Following are a few ways to tell murder from suicide.
Where on the body the injury occurred:
A shot to the side of the head, in the mouth, or to the front of the chest is usually suicide.
Wounds located anywhere else are most likely homicide.
Distance of gun from the body:
Most suicide shots are at contact or near contact range, causing a burn mark around the wound and
leaving gunpowder residue (which can be wiped off). At contact range, and if the gun is fired just above a bone, such as the skull or the sternum, a
star-like wound is produced. Anything further away is likely homicide.
Angle of the shot:
Most suicide shots are angled slightly upward.
Number of shots fired:
After one shot, even if a suicide victim isn't dead, he would likely be unconscious or physically unable to fire
a second time. Multiple shots usually indicate homicide.
Presence of gunpowder residue on victims hand:
If a man shot himself, there would be powder residue from unburned carbon on the hand
that fired the gun.
Shots through clothing:
A suicide victim will rarely shoot through clothing. If he shoots himself in the chest, which is unusual, he
will open his shirt to expose the skin. Shots through clothing suggest homicide.
History, a note, other factors:
If the victim left a suicide note, or was known to have personal problems, or if there was evidence of
drug use or drinking, suicide is likely.
edit on 13-6-2013 by ShadellacZumbrum because: (no reason given)