New research shows the type of death where it’s almost impossible to know the difference between an accident and a cold blooded killing, meaning many ‘accidental deaths’ could be the result of murder.
According to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), many falls from a height were dismissed as accidents.
QUT school of justice senior lecturer Claire Ferguson found the numbers of homicides involving balconies, cliffs or other heights could be higher than reported because determining if a fatal fall was an accident, suicide or homicide was often impossible based solely on medical evidence, according to news.com.au.
The forensic criminologist also found that in a number of cases the death was originally misclassified as an accident before being reclassified as a homicide, making them more difficult to prosecute.
“The trouble in determining the manner of death in fatal falls from a height ensures that murders perpetrated by causing someone to fall are not easily discovered by death investigators,” Dr Ferguson said.
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