In New York City, multiple methods are often used by the same person. Children and elderly use similar and violent methods. Women use methods which allow time for rescue while men use more final and violent methods. The most common areas for stabbing wounds are the throat and chest. Gunshots are usually in the head. In the past carbon monoxide poisoning was the most common method. Poisoning methods vary by social class. The method is often a clue to the motive.