Homicide by methane gas

Fabio De Giorgio, Giuseppe Vetrugno, Riccardo Rossi, Vincenzo Lorenzo Pascali, Vincenzo Maria Grassi, Nadia Fucci, Ernesto D'Aloja

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Methane is a suffocating gas, and “methane deaths” are largely the result of suffocation by gas–air displacement after accidental or deliberate exposure. Neither methane gas nor other suffocating gases are a common means of homicide, with the potential exception of the use of gas in chemical weapons or gas chambers. Here, we report the case of a 53-year-old woman who was killed by her husband with methane gas. The man had given his wife a dose of Lorazepam before setting up a hose that conveyed methane from the kitchen into the apartment's bedroom. The man subsequently faked his own suicide, which was later discovered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
JournalForensic Science International
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • homicide
  • methane


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