Suizid mit manipulierter Handgranate

Translated title of the contribution: Suicide with a manipulated hand grenade


Explosion injuries in civilians are rare. An uncommon case of suicide with a manipulated hand grenade is presented. The findings at the scene and on the body (i.a. massive soot blackening of the skin, singeing, size and number of splinters) gave reason to doubt the use of trinitrotoluene (TNT), the usual explosive charge in hand grenades. Further investigations showed that parts of several hand grenades and black powder from standard fire-crackers commercially available without legal restriction had been used as propelling charge. The victim, who was in a sitting position, held the hand grenade in the left hand and triggered it with the right. He bled to death due to a fracture of the right femur and lacerations of the liver. The chronological course and total circumstances of the case suggested suicide in a strongly intoxicated condition (BAC 2.5 per mille). In the flat, a larger number of unlicensed weapons and weapon parts were found.

Translated title of the contributionSuicide with a manipulated hand grenade
Original languageGerman
JournalArchiv fur Kriminologie
Issue number5-6
Pages (from-to)161-9
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 25.01.2011


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