Issues in the psychological autopsy of a controversial public figure

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Psychological autopsy is an investigative technique employed by social scientists to help determine mode of death in equivocal cases. Data derived from interviews with survivors and inspection of public records are employed to arrive at conclusions about the death motivation of the deceased person just prior to his demise. In applying this technique to the study of the death of a famous person--a returned POW who spent 5 yrs in a North Vietnamese prison camp--problems emerged that uniquely illustrate its strengths and weaknesses. The results of the psychological autopsy seem to have influenced US government policy about returned POWs. (4 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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