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Sanjay Gupta


Decapitation deaths cases are not seen commonly and always set a challenge to forensic pathologist and investigation officer about their modes of death. Meticulous postmortem examination, scientific approach and necessary laboratory investigation are need of hour to solve mysteries and to address bewildering issues of decapitation deaths. Three cases of different nature and modes are discussed here.


Decapitation; Homicidal; Suicidal; Accidental; Post-mortem examination



  1. Byard R.W., Gilbert J.D., Characteristic features of deaths due to decapitation. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2004; 25: 129 130.

  2. Rothschild M.A., Schneider V., Decapitation as a result of suicidal hanging. Forensic Sci Int. 1999; 106: 55 62.

  3. Traqui A., Fonmartin K., Geraut A., et al. Suicidal hanging resulting in complete decapitation: a case report. Int J Legal Med. 1999; 112: 5557.

  4. Raja U., Sivaloganathan S., Decapitation: A rare complication in hanging. Med Sci Law. 1997; 37: 81 83.

  5. Cina S.J., Koelpin J.L., Nichols C.A., et al. A decade of train-pedestrian fatalities: the Charleston experience. J Forensic Sci. 1994; 39: 668673.

  6. Shorrock K., Suicidal decapitation by guillotine. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2002;23: 54 56.

  7. Rajs J., Lundstrom M., Broberg M., et al. Criminal mutilation of the human body in Sweden: a thirty-year medico-legal and forensic psychiatric study. J Forensic Sci. 1998; 43: 563580.

  8. Kibayashi K., Yonemitsu K., Honjyo K., et al. Accidental decapitation: an unusual injury to a passenger in a vehicle. Med Sci Law. 1999; 39: 82 84.

  9. Riccardo Zoja, Alessio Battistini and Guendalina Gentile. Death with Complete Decapitation -Report of Four Suicides by Train. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2009;30: 303306

  10. Turk EE, Puschel K, Tsokos M. Features characteristic of homicide in cases of complete decapitation. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2004;25: 83 86.



Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine,
Pramukh Swami Medical College, Karamsad - 388325, India
drsanjaymdfm@yahoo.co.in, drsanjaymdfm@gmail.com


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