Cause of death in judicial hanging: a review and case study

@article{Hellier2009CauseOD,
  title={Cause of death in judicial hanging: a review and case study},
  author={C. Hellier and R. Connolly},
  journal={Medicine, Science and the Law},
  year={2009},
  volume={49},
  pages={18 - 26}
}
The cause of death in judicial hanging is controversial and often attributed to `hangman's fracture' of the second cervical vertebra. Research has shown that such fractures are the exception in judicial hangings and the cause of death can be attributed to a range of head and neck injuries, particularly compression or rupture of the vertebral and carotid arteries leading to cerebral ischaemia. The rapidity of loss of consciousness and death is highly dependent upon knot positioning and the… Expand
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