DEATH BY STRANGULATION

by Julian Heicklen

A number of inmates in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections die by strangulation. They are found in their cells, hung with a bed sheet. The Department of Corrections and the County Coroners always rule these deaths as suicides. Most of them are just that, legitimate suicides.

Occasionally, these deaths involve inmates with no history of suicidal tendencies or mental illness, who soon are to be released from prison. They have been tortured, either physically or psychologically or both, in the hours preceding their deaths. They then hang themselves. Technically, these deaths are suicides. I call them murder. Some cases are given in the links below.

Edward Singletary (Posted November 26, 1997)

LaVonne Miller (Posted May 1, 1998)