Parasomnia pseudo-suicide

Mark W. Mahowald, Carlos H. Schenck, Mari Goldner, Vance Bachelder, Michel Cramer-Bornemann

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Complex behaviors arising from the sleep period may result in violent or injurious consequences, even death. Those resulting in death may be erroneously deemed suicides. A series of case examples and review of the pertinent literature are provided to increase awareness of the possibility that some apparent "suicides" are the unfortunate, but unintentional, consequence of sleep-related complex behaviors and therefore are without premeditation, conscious awareness, or personal responsibility. The correct cause-of-death determination in such cases may have profound social, religious, and insurance implications for surviving friends and family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1158-1162
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Forensic science
  • Parasomnia overlap syndrome
  • Parasomnias
  • Pseudo-suicide
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep-related violence
  • Sleepwalking
  • Suicide


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