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Encyclopedia > Murder suicide

A murder suicide is an act in which an individual kills one or more other persons immediately before, or while killing himself.


The combination of murder and suicide can take various forms, including:

  • suicide to facilitate murder, as in suicide bombing
  • suicide after murder to escape punishment, e.g. Dunblane Massacre, Columbine High School massacre
  • having a combined objective of suicide and murder
  • suicide after murder as a form of self-punishment due to guilt
  • considering one's suicide as the main act, but murdering e.g. one's children first, to avoid their becoming orphans, and to be together in an expected afterlife
  • joint suicide in the form of killing the other with consent, and then killing oneself

See also: suicide A suicide bombing is a bomb attack on people or property, committed by a person who knows the explosion will cause his or her own death (see suicide, suicide weapons). ... The Dunblane massacre occurred at a primary school in the small town of Dunblane, Scotland, UK. On Wednesday, March 13, 1996, spree killer Thomas Hamilton (43), walked in to the school armed with two pistols, two revolvers and 743 cartridges and opened fire. ... The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Jefferson County near Littleton, Colorado, United States. ... Alternative uses: see orphan (typesetting), and orphan process in computing. ... Afterlife (also known as life after death) is a generic term referring to a continuation of existence, typically spiritual and experiential, beyond this world, or after death. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of intentionally ending ones own life. ...


 
 

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