592 Was It Murder or Was It Suicide? – Teresa Devitt Lynch

Murder mystery fans, this podcast is for you. If you thought that only a forensic pathologist could determine whether a death was suicide or homicide, you’ll now hear from Teresa Devitt-Lynch, a board-certified advanced forensic nurse.

She begins by emphasizing the fact that all physical evidence must be carefully analyzed. In addition, it’s important to evaluate the victim’s state of mind. Were previous suicide attempts made? Did the person suffer from chronic depression? These factors help to make a determination.

Other specialists may be called in, such as mechanical engineers who determine logistics in a death caused by a fall. Logistics also play a key role in gunshot and stabbing incidents.

Drowning incidents present a particular challenge since they may be accidental, suicide, or homicide. When cars are involved, an additional mechanical determination may be needed.

Finally, an expert needs to determine whether an individual hung himself or herself or if the incident was carefully staged.

If you find yourself fascinated by the material in this podcast, you may want to consider investigating a career path you may not have previously known existed. At the very least, you’ll find that your murder mystery reading will be enhanced by this intriguing information.

Here’s What to Expect from the Podcast: Was It Murder or Suicide? with Teresa Devitt Lynch

  • What forms of physical evidence can help determine whether the death was suicide or homicide?
  • What psychological factors in the victim’s history can contribute to a determination?
  • How can gunshot wounds be analyzed?
  • How can you determine whether knife wounds are self-inflicted or caused by another person?
  • What distinguishes suicide from homicide or accidental death in a drowning incident?
  • How can you determine whether a person hung himself or was the victim of a staged hanging?


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The Murder Mysteries Unraveled Conference guides legal nurse consultants expand their skills and knowledge in forensic cases. You will learn from experts in forensic nursing, criminal law, DNA analysis, and crime scene investigation. You will also network with other legal nurse consultants and professionals in the legal and healthcare field.

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  • Gain insights and skills to decipher murder case details and analyze medical and police records.
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  • Learn about the legal differences and challenges between various degrees of murder and manslaughter, and how the prosecution and the defense use medical evidence to build their case.
  • Understand the importance and the protocols of preserving forensic evidence in healthcare settings and criminal investigations.
  • Gain confidence and competence in consulting on cases involving allegations of strangulation, asphyxia, or infant deaths.
  • Join a community of like-minded legal nurse consultants who share your passion for solving murder mysteries and helping justice prevail.

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Your Presenter of Was It Murder or Was It Suicide?

Teresa Devitt-Lynch MSN RN AFN-BC, SANE-A is a certified adult Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and board certified Advanced Forensic Nurse. The proprietor of the INTREPID Forensic Healthcare Consulting firm, she provides criminal case consultation and expert witness services for military and civilian courts. Recently relocated to North Dakota, Teresa provides services to victims of sexual assault and battering.

Connect with Teresa Devitt-Lynch by email tdevittlynch@intrepidfhc.com

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