Some Psychological Reflections on the Death of Malcolm Melville
Shneidman E S
Conducted a psychological autopsy of an equivocal death case that was as identical to Malcolm Melville’s as possible. It is concluded that the death was most accurately described as “probable suicide”, which would be certified as “suicide”. It is asserted that, for Malcolm, his father was suicidogenic and established this penchant in his son within the first 2 years of Malcolm’s life.