Death by Smothering and its Investigation
Hicks L J~~Scanlon M J~~et al
Details a death investigation which led to the certification of suicide by means of smothering in a pillow, without assistance from other persons or devices. This was the death of a chronically mentally ill person under professional treatment. Investigative aspects of this case were the death-scene observations of the body, elimination of the possibility of homicide & the study & analysis of the S’s psychiatric illness. The uncommonness of reported deaths in this category is discussed.