Year: 2000 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, v.28, no.2, (2000), p.179-182 SIEC No: 20030887

Within the jurisdiction of the Quebec Coroner’s Office, the investigation files on all consecutive cases of deceased victims of intrafamilial violence occurring between 1991 & 1998 were reviewed. 58 cases out of 388 studied concerned conjugal homicide victims whose homicidal spouses subsequently killed themselves. Suicidal offenders were more likely to be men, to be estranged from their spouse through separation, & to have used a firearm in the commmission of the homicide-suicide. The majority of offenders suffered from clinical symptoms of depression. Findings are discussed. (13 refs)