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Morphology Frequency

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Before delving into the world of the suicide murders, the author first assesses the frequency of such murders in order to estimate the seriousness of the criminal problem with which eighteenth-century society had to deal. In general, it must be acknowledged that accuracy is difficult to obtain in early modern research. The number of suicide murders was much higher in Copenhagen. In the mixed and almost complete source material the author found evidence of eighty-three suicide murders in the period from 1697 to 1789. Suicide murders were well known in Hamburg too. In a study of suicide the German historian Vera Lind found 23 suicide murders in Schleswig-Holstein. In the middle of the eighteenth century the murders caught the attention of the legal scholars. The frequency studies also reveal something about the development of the suicide murders over time.

Keywords:Hamburg; suicide murders



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