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Murder or epilepsy?

Murder or epilepsy?

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 133: 430-437

ISSN/ISBN: 0022-3018

PMID: 14004561

DOI: 10.1097/00005053-196111000-00007

Illustrative cases of psychomotor epilepsy are presented in which homicide was committed during the period of una-wareness. The characteristics of such crimes are discussed by reference to the sparse literature on the subject. The psychopathic behavior of individuals having an eeg pattern of 14 and 6 per second positive spikes is described, and examples of homicides are given. Criteria are presented which should be considered in deciding whether a homicide is murder, or a result of an epileptic furor.

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