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Korean Journal of Legal Medicine 2019;43(4):138-143.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7580/kjlm.2019.43.4.138    Published online November 30, 2019.
Review of Suicidal Electrocution in South Korea from 2008 Year to 2018 Year.
Dae Yoil Kim, SangHan Lee, Dong Ja Kim
1Scientific Investigation Department, Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency, Andong, Korea.
2Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. dongja222@knu.ac.kr
Abstract
The authors investigated the cases of electrocution suicides in South Korea from 2008 to 2018. Out of 151,419 suicides during this 11-year period, suicide by electrocution was extremely rare. Only nine victims were recorded in eight cases, with one case involving a married couple. The majority of the victims were men (89%), and only one case involved a woman (11%). The mean age of the victims was 55 years, and ranged from 38 to 74 years. In all cases, the suicides occurred in the home, and low-voltage electricity was used. Two of the nine victims (22%) had an occupation related with electrical knowledge. Mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia, was found in two cases (22%). An autopsy was not performed in all cases.
Key Words: Electrocution, Suicide, Electricity
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