, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 265-269
Date: 01 Jul 2012

Suicide with two shots to the head using a rare ‘Velo-Dog’ pocket revolver

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Case report

A 64-year-old woman was found lying lifeless on a sofa in her apartment with blood coming from her head. The woman was taken to hospital but died approximately 7 h later despite intensive care. When she was found in the apartment, her face was covered with a folded towel which exhibited two separate penetrating holes, each 5–6 mm in diameter, with adjacent soot and blood deposits. A ‘Velo-Dog’, .25 (6.35 mm) caliber revolver (Fig. 1) was found next to the body. The revolver cylinder contained three spent cartridges and two unfired rounds. A deformed projectile was discovered on the sofa where the body of the woman was lying. Police investigations could not determine how she had obtained the revolver. Relatives reported that she suffered from diabetes mellitus and alcoholism. No history of psychotic disorders or previous suicide attempts was reported. A suicide note was left on a table near her body in the apartment.Fig. 1

‘Velo-Dog’ pocket revolver found at the death scene