Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 341–343 | Cite as

Forensic and psychiatric aspects of joint suicide with carbon monoxide

  • Patrick Johannes LaberkeEmail author
  • Horst Bock
  • Volker Dittmann
  • Roland Hausmann
Case Report


A case of joint suicide of a young woman and man who became acquainted in a suicide web forum and used this platform to make an appointment to commit suicide together is described. During their investigation, police were able to reconstruct the events by analysing the computer of the deceased women which was also found with the bodies. An indoor charcoal burning unit was used to release carbon monoxide as the method of suicide.


Joint suicide Schizophrenia Internet Carbon monoxide Charcoal burning Barbecue 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Johannes Laberke
    • 1
    Email author
  • Horst Bock
    • 2
  • Volker Dittmann
    • 1
  • Roland Hausmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Legal MedicineUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.District Court MemmingenMemmingenGermany

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