Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The epidemiology of abnormal homicide and murder followed by suicide

Jeremy Coida1 c1

a1 Maudsley Hospital, London

Abstract

A comparison of the homicide rate of mentally abnormal offenders and murderers who subsequently commit suicide, from a range of different populations, shows a uniform consistency when compared with the overall rates. ‘Laws’ are proposed which govern the rates within these subgroups in comparison with the population as a whole and which determine fluctuations. Qualitatively different psychiatric and sociological factors are thought to account for these findings and require further elucidation.

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Jeremy Coid, The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ.

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