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J Forensic Leg Med. 2014 Feb;22:84-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2013.12.012. Epub 2013 Dec 18.

Homicide in Brescia County (Northern Italy): a thirty-year review.

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  • 1Istituto di Medicina Legale, Universit√† degli Studi di Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy. Electronic address: verzelet@med.unibs.it.
  • 2Istituto di Medicina Legale, Universit√† degli Studi di Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy.

Abstract

This retrospective study analyses post-mortem examination data of 251 homicide victims recorded by the Brescia Institute of Forensic Medicine between the years 1982 and 2012. The following variables were considered: year, month and day of death; gender, age and nationality of the victim; type of injurious mean; cause of death; homicide-suicides events; multiple murders; scene of death; toxicological data. Victims were usually young (30% was in the 21-30 years class) and males (64%). Although the victims were mostly Italians (73%), from 1990's more and more foreign victims appeared, following the migratory flow that affected Brescia County. The offenders frequently used firearms to kill their victims (41%), in particular for multiple murders. Sharp instruments were used mostly by foreigners. The study also emphasized 20 homicide-suicide events, mostly committed between intimates and family members.

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KEYWORDS:

Brescia (Northern Italy); Homicide; Victims

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