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Burial of an early 19th century suicide in the crypt of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/1992
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Osteoarchaeology
Issue number1
Volume2
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)91-94
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

A skull from the St Bride's collection showing evidence of gunshot wounds is described. The position of the wounds suggests that they were self‐inflicted. Examination of historical records confirms that the individual committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth. The fact that this individual was buried in the crypt of St Bride's church in 1821 is discussed in relation to early 19th century attitudes to suicide.