Year: 1999 Source: Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine, v.6, (1999), p.39-48 SIEC No: 19990852

The suicide note is of particular interest & importance to the forensic scientist/clinician. In those cases dealing with wrongful death & suicide, the note can shed significant light on other forensic data, just as the other forensic data can shed significant light on the note. This paper presents two forensic cases to illustrate the prima facie (nomothetic) relevance of the suicide note in the courtroom & to address some of its limitations (idiographic). (52 refs.)