Hanging

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HANGING
NAME OF DECEDENT:
This form is to be completed in addition to the ROD form in these guidelines
THE DECEDENT
IF DECEDENT IS SUSPENDED ABOVE THE FLOOR, DESCRIBE ANY PARAPHERNALIA (CHAIRS,
TABLES, ETC.) WHICH WERE USED TO REACH THE LIGATURE:
IF DECEDENT WAS "CUT DOWN" OR IF ANYTHING WAS REMOVED - EXPLAIN WHO DID IT, HOW
THEY DID IT, AND WHET HER ANY ARTIFACT WAS CREATED DURING THIS PROCESS:
DESCRIBE THE POSITION OF THE DECEDENT'S ARMS/HANDS WHEN FOUND - (CHECK WRISTS FOR SIGNS OF HAVING BEEN TIED):
DESCRIBE THE POSITION OF THE DECEDENT’S LEGS E.G., ARE THE FEET TOUCHING THE FLOOR?
(IT MAY BE POSSIBLE FOR THE DECEDENT TO MASK THE SUICIDE AS A HOMICIDE BY PUTTING WRISTS INTO A MAKESHIFT TIE, IF THIS IS THE CASE, THE TIE SHOULD REMAIN ON THE BODY FOR EXAMINATION AT AUTOPSY. IF IT WAS REMOVED PRIOR TO THE INVESTIGATION, INSURE THAT AN ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF HOW IT WAS FOUND ON THE REMAINS IS GIVEN -- ALL LIGATURES OR TIES SHOULD BE SENT IN WITH THE BODY FOR AUTOPSY AS THEY ARE FOUND ON THE BODY OR PROPERLY PACKAGED IF THEY ARE NOT ON THE BODY AT SCENE INVESTIGATION.)
ARE THERE ANY INDICATIONS ON THE NECK OF THE DECEDENT THAT THE DECEDENT
ATTEMPTED TO REMOVE THE LIGATURE (NAIL MARKS OR SCRATCH MARKS, ETC.)?
THE LIGATURE
(IF THE LIGATURE IS REMOVED OR GOING TO BE REMOVED, INSURE THAT CUTS ARE NOT MADE
THROUGH THE KNOTS. IF AN EXTERNAL EXAMINATION IS REQUESTED, PHOTOGRAPH THE LIGATURE AT THE SCENE AND ON THE BODY. ONCE THE LIGATURE IS CUT, TIE THE ENDS TOGETHER WITH A PIECE OF STRING OR THREAD TO SHOW HOW THEY WERE INITIALLY ATTACHED AND TAKE ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPH. IF AN AUTOPSY IS GOING TO BE PERFORMED, THE LIGATURE MUST ACCOMPANY THE BODY FOR PHOTOGRAPH AND EXAMINATION.)
DESCRIBE THE LIGATURE AND HOW IT WAS CUT OR UNDONE TO MOVE THE DECEDENT:
DESCRIBE ITS CONSTRUCTION (SIMPLE KNOTS, COMPLICATED KNOTS, PROFESSIONAL KNOTS,
ETC.)
DESCRIPTION OF THE LIGATURE (BED SHEET, CLOTHING, CLOTHESLINE, TWINE, ETC)?
IS LIGATURE MATERIAL AVAILABLE AT THE SCENE, OR ARE THERE ANY INDICATIONS THAT IT WAS PURCHASED RECENTLY?
IF PURCHASED RECENTLY, BY WHOM, WHERE AND WHEN ( RETAIN A COPY OF THE RECEIPT) ?
WHAT IS THE LIGATURE TIE D TO (BARS, BEAMS, TREE, ETC.)?
DESCRIBE THE KNOT(S) OR LOOPS AT THIS JUNCTURE?
HOW IS LIGATURE TIED TO THE DECEDENT (DESCRIBE ITS EXACT LOCATION ON THE NECK OF
THE DECEDENT INCLUDING THE POSITION OF THE KNOT AND ITS DESIGN):
DOES THE LIGATURE EXTEND ONLY AROUND THE NECK, OR IS IT PARTIALLY EXTENDED BEHIND
THE EAR(S)?
ARE THE LIGATURE MARKS ON THE DECEDENT CONSISTENT WITH THE LOCATION O F THE
LIGATURE ON THE BODY?
AUTOEROTIC STRANGULATION
WHAT, IF ANY, ARE THE "FAIL SAFE" MECHANISMS ON THE LIGATURE(S)?
ARE THERE ANY SOFT MATERIALS (TOWEL, HANDKERCHIEF, ETC.) BETWEEN THE LIGATURE AND
THE NECK OF THE DECEDENT?
ARE THERE ELABORATE CONTRAPTIONS ATTACHED TO THE BONDS?
ARE THERE ANY OBVIOUS INDICATIONS THAT THE DECEDENT WAS MASTURBATING?
ANY EVIDENCE OF PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUAL TOYS, MIRRORS, ETC. (DESCRIBE AND GIVE
LOCATION)?
IS THE DECEDENT DRESSED, UNDRESSED, OR PARTIALLY DRESSED, DESCRIBE:
CAN ANY CLOTHING BE IDENTIFIED AS BELONGING TO THE OPPOSITE SEX?
IF AUTOEROTIC, IS THERE ANY PAST HISTORY OR EVIDENCE OF THIS ACTIVITY?
NAME OF INVESTIGATOR
DMI#