Year: 1990 Source: The Medical Journal of Australia, v.153, no.11-12, (December 3-17 1990), p.712-715 SIEC No: 19910277

This article describes a 1921 judicial case involving the death of an Australian woman, Hannah Jane Peden. Her husband was charged with homicide, & sentenced to death; however, he was later released & cleared of guilt. The medical experts at the trial had incorrectly proclaimed that Mrs. Peden could not have cut her throat herself. The author of this article describes the characteristics of a “suicidal cut throat” & concludes, as did the final outcome of the Peden trial, that it was a suicide.