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Forensic Characteristics of Suicide by Electrocution in Bulgaria

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Suicides by electrocution (SE) are relatively rare and insufficiently studied. The purpose of this study is to present a more detailed picture of SE in Bulgaria. Forensic medical files of 59 SE cases were examined.spss11.0 software was applied to produce the descriptive statistical analyses. Values of p <0.05 were assumed to be statistically significant. We studied 59 SE cases, which account for 6.24% of all deaths by electrocution and 0.09% of all forensic autopsies. The average age of victims was 45.19 years old. Males prevailed: 91.53%. Children below 18 years old accounted for 3.39%. 42.37% of the victims applied low voltage (<220 V), and 33.99% applied high voltage (>220 V). The preferred method of SE was by direct contact victim/electrical cable: 47.45%. The summer months June through September account for 49.15% of all cases.

Keywords: Bulgaria; electrocution; forensic epidemiology; forensic pathology; forensic science; suicides

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Chair of General and Clinical Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Deontology, Medical University of Varna, Varna, Bulgaria.

Publication date: May 1, 2009


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