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Homicidal somnambulism: a case report.
Sleep. 1994 Apr; 17(3):253-64.S

Abstract

A case of a homicide and an attempted homicide during presumed sleepwalking is reported in which somnambulism was the legal defense and led to an acquittal. Other possible explanations including complex partial seizures, dissociative state, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder and volitional waking behavior are discussed. The evidence supporting the probability that this act occurred during an episode of somnambulism and sleep-related confusional arousal is reviewed and weighed. This evidence includes personal and family history of somnambulism and related disorders; neurological, psychiatric and psychological assessments; presence of possible precipitating factors; and polysomnographic data.

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Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7939126

Citation

Broughton, R, et al. "Homicidal Somnambulism: a Case Report." Sleep, vol. 17, no. 3, 1994, pp. 253-64.
Broughton R, Billings R, Cartwright R, et al. Homicidal somnambulism: a case report. Sleep. 1994;17(3):253-64.
Broughton, R., Billings, R., Cartwright, R., Doucette, D., Edmeads, J., Edwardh, M., Ervin, F., Orchard, B., Hill, R., & Turrell, G. (1994). Homicidal somnambulism: a case report. Sleep, 17(3), 253-64.
Broughton R, et al. Homicidal Somnambulism: a Case Report. Sleep. 1994;17(3):253-64. PubMed PMID: 7939126.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Homicidal somnambulism: a case report. AU - Broughton,R, AU - Billings,R, AU - Cartwright,R, AU - Doucette,D, AU - Edmeads,J, AU - Edwardh,M, AU - Ervin,F, AU - Orchard,B, AU - Hill,R, AU - Turrell,G, PY - 1994/4/1/pubmed PY - 1994/4/1/medline PY - 1994/4/1/entrez SP - 253 EP - 64 JF - Sleep JO - Sleep VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - A case of a homicide and an attempted homicide during presumed sleepwalking is reported in which somnambulism was the legal defense and led to an acquittal. Other possible explanations including complex partial seizures, dissociative state, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder and volitional waking behavior are discussed. The evidence supporting the probability that this act occurred during an episode of somnambulism and sleep-related confusional arousal is reviewed and weighed. This evidence includes personal and family history of somnambulism and related disorders; neurological, psychiatric and psychological assessments; presence of possible precipitating factors; and polysomnographic data. SN - 0161-8105 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7939126/Homicidal_somnambulism:_a_case_report_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -