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Suicide methods

Gun Shot
A gun shot is thought to be the most common and effective way to commit suicide, and accounts for 53.7% of all suicides in the United States.

The most common target to shoot is through the head to the brain or the heart, at point-blank range. Sometimes an attempt is made to shoot under the chin and through the mouth.

Shooting is not a fail-safe method. When a the gun shot method is unsuccessful, there is the huge chance of permanent damage to the body or brain.

If the gun is aimed at the temporal bone (the lower side of the skull), there is a 50% chance of suffering facial nerve damage if the shot is survived.

Choosing to commit suicide by a gun shot could fail for the following reasons:

Poor aim (the heart and brain are more difficult to hit than many people think, as the bullet can pass through the temples without actually hitting the brain, and the heart is protected by the ribcage)
Flinching can also cause one to miss the vital body parts needed to end ones life
Poor ammunition such as badly manufactured or old bullets can contribute to surviving the gunshot and instead lead to nasty wounding
Drug Overdose
Another very common method of suicide attempts is by consuming large amounts of drugs and alcohol. This is usually attempted by mixing different types of medication together, and ingesting them along with alcohol or illegal drugs to create a deadly combination.

Despite being a common method of attempted suicide, the method itself is not reliable. Naturally, it depends on the type of drugs one chooses, but the overall success rate of taking a fatal overdose is estimated at less than 2%. Success from drug induced suicide is 40 to 1 against. Usually, attempts at taking a fatal overdose use over-the-counter or prescribed medications, and it is the more common method chosen when suicide is assisted (euthanasia). In the UK, data from the Office for National Statistics for 2001showed that of 1,243 drug related suicides, 28.5% were due to paracetamol and its compounds, and 24.5% were by anti-depressants, making these the top two methods. In the US the story is the same.

A common drug used for attempted suicides is sleeping tablets. Decades ago barbiturates were prescribed for sleep, it was possible to overdose on them. Although barbiturates can be highly lethal, they are now rarely prescribed, and extremely difficult to obtain. Barbiturates act as central nervous system depressants with effects from mild sedation to total anesthesia. Seconal (Secobarbital) and Nembutal (Pentobarbital) are the two most effective barbiturates for a swift, painless and swift death. Nembutal is currently the drug of choice for human euthanasia.Barbiturates have now largely been replaced by benzodiazepines treating anxiety and insomnia as they less dangerous in overdose.

This method of suicide is thought to be 75% effective, and is the main method of choice in places like prison where there are few other options available.

There are two main methods of hanging:

Short Drop Suspension. Simply the act of using ones body weight to place pressure around the neck, blocking blood flow to the brain and air supply through the windpipe, eventually causing death
Drop Hanging. This is the method of hanging made most popular by historical methods for the capital punishment of convicted criminals. Because this method involves dropping from a height, the force can increase the chances of a fatal neck or spinal break, making the method slightly more effective and potentially faster. However, although considered faster and more effective, the pain is more intense, and it can also cause more severe complications for those who survive
Another common suicide method, poisoning involves consuming a substance not designed for human ingestion. Popular choices are cleaning products, cyanide and industrial fluids. Other harmful substances not made for consumption also classes as poisoning.

Some poisons such as hydrogen cyanide act faster than other methods, although consumption of toxic plants like the belladonna family in high enough quantities can also prove fatal. Poisonous plants are usually a slower method and cause more pain.

One of the popular choices of a poisonous chemical, is bleach – a corrosive product that can eat through metal, remove stains, and kill the majority of bacteria.

Drinking bleach can kill a person if enough is consumed. It begins by erroding the throat, then the stomach, and finally leaks through to other internal organs. This causes unbearable stomach pain, vomiting, and is one of the most painful methods of suicide.

It has been observed that attempted suicides involving bleach have led people to throw themselves through sheets of glass in an attempt to end the pain faster.

As a general rule, successful suicide through poisoning is high, usually because if enough poison has been taken to end ones life, the effects are often irreversible, even if a last minute change of mind occurs.

On occasion, medical workers can reverse the effects of the poison, but the long-term effects are generally very nasty, and may make a persons life seem more miserable than before.

Inhaling Carbon Monoxide
The most popular way of utilizing Carbon Monoxide (CO) inhalation is for a person to enclose themselves within a space with a car. The car’s engine must be running, as this will then fill the space with the poisonous gas CO. People opting to end their life this way should choose an older car, as newer cars are designed to emit much smaller amounts of CO.

Alternatively, one could buy a tank of CO and attach a valve. Generally this takes around 15 minutes, although if there are exposed wires or light filaments in the proximity, an explosion may be caused – carbon monoxide is highly flammable.

People who have survived this method of attempted suicide have usually been left with memory loss, psychosis or blindness.

A pet name for a suffocation device is an exit bag. This usually is made up of a plastic bag with a drawstring, and can often be combined with a gas such as nitrogen or helium. The reason for the gas, is to painlessly cause unconsciousness so the discomfort of suffocating is avoided. The suffocation itself is caused by the high levels of carbon dioxide that are breathed back into the bag.

If a last minute change of mind occurs, there is a very high chance of suffering serious and sometimes permanent brain damage.

A 2007 study involving right-to-die groups suggested this method of suicide as being the least painful and one of the fastest.

This involves jumping from great heights such as building roofs, balconies and cliffs. The result is often highly lethal and effective, however failed attempts can lead to permanent disability through shattered bones in various places, and other horrific injuries.

Dropping from a height accounts for only 2% of reported US suicides based on a 2005 research project. Hong Kong however, with its high number of sky scrapers, makes jumping the method of choice for 52.1% of suicides (study results 2006).

The picture below is of a France Telecom employee who became the 24th worker of the company to commit suicide in under two years

Wrist Slitting
Also called Exsanguination, this method is often showcased in films for dramatic effect. The most effective method is not to cut across the wrists, but up the forearm. The result when successful will reduce the blood volume and pressure to a fatal level.

Whilst it is a commonly portrayed method of suicide, it is not effective as hitting the right artery can be harder than it seems. Survivors often have deep scars, damaged tissue and sometimes – for those who are nearly successful and induce a huge level of blood-loss – brain damage.

Another common suicide method, this involves causing arrhythmias of the heart to slow or stop blood flow by invoking a lethal electric shock. This can be achieved by pushing a metal utensil into a plug socket, or dropping a plugged-in appliance into the bathtub whilst in it.

This method can fail, and when it does results in severe burns and nerve damage.

Another of the less common methods of suicide, it accounts for less than 2% of US suicides. To successfully drown a person must submerge themselves in liquid (usually water) to prevent the ability to breathe air, resulting in the lack of oxygen to the brain.

Popular choices of places to drown are baths, lakes and oceans.

Before death, the central nervous system begins the involuntary contraction of muscles, creating a jerking and a twitching.

Failure is usually caused by the bodies natural reaction to surface for air. When unsuccessful, the lack of oxygen to the brain can cause permanent brain damage.

Vehicular Impact
There are many forms of this type of suicide, but the general description involves purposefully placing oneself in the path of an oncoming vehicle. This can include trains and fast moving cars.

Suicide by train impact is one of the most fatal, with a 90% death rate, but can carry some of the nastiest after effects if the suicide attempt is unsuccessful. These include limb amputations, permanent disability, chronic pain and brain damage.

It is difficult to judge the percentage of suicides involving car impact, as it is hard to tell which road deaths are accidental and which are deliberate. Success is less than that of train impact, although the effects of unsuccessful attempts can be similar.

Internationally, the consumption of pesticides and weed killers accounts for over 30% of suicides. This makes it one of the most common suicide methods of all.

In Finland the pesticide Parathion was a particular favourite in the 1950′s, although access to the chemical was restricted. It was quickly replaced by other similar chemicals.

Death can be very painful and failure can cause life-long effects on the body’s internal organs.

The technical name is Hypothermia, and involves a very cold and very slow death.

The stages of Hypothermia start with mild symptoms graduating through to severe. When freezing to death a person may experience shivering, hallucinations, loss of coordination, a warm sensation, and then death.

Even after a persons organs have shut down, the brain can still be kept alive through clinical stimulation and medical support.1. asphyxiation (dangle on end of rope for 10 minutes)
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Available: Rope, solid support 10 foot above ground
Certainty: Fairly certain (discovery, rope/support snapping)
Notes: Brain damage likely if rescued. Very painful depending on rope. Most common effective form of suicide in UK. See “Asphyxiation”.

2. breaking neck
Time: Should be instant if it does break. See previous if not
Available: Rope, solid support, 10 foot space below, several above
Certainty: Very certain if the rope/support doesn’t break
Notes: Minimal danger of discovery (depends on location). Painless if you drop far enough (8 foot is optimum). Make sure that the rope is tied securely to something STRONG!! It has to support your weight MULTIPLIED by the deccelleration. Use a hangman’s knot (with the knot at the back of your neck). It doesn’t always work this well though, you might get a bust jaw / lacerations etc and then asphyxiate.

Calle: I got this table of appropriate falling heights from a.s.h. long-time regular MegaZone (, who got it from a friend of his named Mark.

Hanging Drop Heights…

Culprits Weight Drop
14 stone (196 lbs) 8ft 0in
13.5 stone (189 lbs) 8ft 2in
13 stone (182 lbs) 8ft 4in
12.5 stone (175 lbs) 8ft 6in
12 stone (168 lbs) 8ft 8in
11.5 stone (161 lbs) 8ft 10in
11 stone (154 lbs) 9ft 0in
10.5 stone (147 lbs) 9ft 2in
10 stone (140 lbs) 9ft 4in
9.5 stone (133 lbs) 9ft 6in
9 stone (126 lbs) 9ft 8in
8.5 stone (119 lbs) 9ft 10in
8 stone (112 lbs) 10ft 0in
Source: Charles Duff, Handbook of Hanging (Boston: Hale, Cushman & Flint 1929)
Notes: This is for person of average build with no unusual physical problems. The Author (James “Hangman” Barry) noted that when executing “persons who had attempted suicide by cutting their throats…to prevent reoping the wounds I have reduced the drop by nearly half.”

Jumping off buildings
Time: Instantanious if you are lucky, minutes/hours otherwise
Available: You need ten stories or higher, and access to the top floor windows/roof. Bring a bolt cutter to get onto the roof
Certainty: 90% for 6 stories, increasing after that
Notes: Difficult to overcome fear of heights, many people can’t do it. Totally painless if high enough, but very frightening. Easily discovered if seen on/near roof/windows. Access fairly easy in a city, otherwise difficult. Risk of spending the rest of your life in a wheelchair. Ever tried killing yourself if you are paralysed from the neck down? Email conversations suggest 10+ stories works ALMOST all of the time. Try to land on concrete. Quote – “9 out of 10 people who fall 6 stories will die”. Note that it may take a while for many of those 90% to die.

Slitting wrists or other (often not effective)
Time: Minutes if major artery cut, eternity otherwise.
Available: You really need a razor sharp knife. Razors are pretty tricky to hold when they are covered with blood.
Certainty: possible if you cut an artery, improbable otherwise
Notes: Painful at first. Danger of discovery. This is a very common suicide ‘gesture’ and hardly ever results in anything other than a scar. A lot of will power required to cut deeply into groin or carotid arteries, which are the only ones likely to kill you. Don’t bother with this method. Cutting your throat is difficult due to the fact that the carotid arteries are protected by your windpipe (feel where your arteries are with your fingertips, & slice from the side). I’ve seen photos of people who have used this method – the depth of the cut required is amazing. If you want to cut your wrists, cut along the blue line (vein) on the underside of your wrist, but cut deeply so that the artery underneath is exposed. Cut this lengthways with a razor or similar. The traditional hot bath does help, since it keeps the blood flowing quickly, slows down clotting, and is nice to lie back and relax in. Position yourself so that your wrists don’t fall inwards against your body, blocking off blood flow.

Calle: A posting to A.S.H. suggests using the kind of equipment they use when you give blood to a blood bank, i.e., a needle in a blood vessel and a piece of tubing. It sounds like it would remove several of the disadvantages of the ordinary slitting-wrists method.

Time: Microseconds unless you are unlucky (mins/hours)
Available: Difficult in UK, easier in USA (get a shotgun)
Certainty: Certain
Notes: Painless if worked, otherwise painful & brain damage. Danger of discovery of weapon or ammunition. Not at all common in UK, more common in USA where guns available. Brain damage & other effects if you survive. Death either instantaneous, or prolonged. Lots of will power needed to fire gun (‘hesitation marks’ are bullets/pellets embedded in the wall, when you jerk the gun as you fire). Bullet can miss vital parts in skull, deflect off skull. If you have a choice, use a shotgun rather than a rifle of a pistol, since it is so much more effective. (“shotgun” entry later). Ammunition to use is: .458 Winchester Magnum, or soft-point slugs with .44 Magnum. Also you could use a sabot round, which is a plastic wedge with a smaller thing in it. These rounds are rather overkill, the phrase “elephant gun” has been used about the .458 Winchester, but if you’re going to go, do it with a bang. Note, people usually survive single .22 shots to the temples. The other problem with guns is that is is bloody messy. Your next of kin will really _enjoy_ cleaning up after you, washing the coagulated blood & brains out of corners etc…

Time: 5 mins to unconciousness, 10+ mins to brain death
Available: Anywhere there’s a rope and something solid to tie it to
Certainty: Certain, if you don’t get “rescued”
Notes: Panic reaction is very likely (unless inert gasses used). One of the most effective and most used methods of suicide. Probable brain damage if you are “rescued”. NOTE, this can only really be done in two ways: firstly, when you are unconsious (eg, sleeping pills), or secondly, by hanging. Combining with pure inert gasses is a very good suggestion. See “Nitrogen” in the poisons section

Air in veins (basically just a myth)
Time: Couple of minutes claimed
Available: Plenty of air about… Need a hypodermic & syringe
Certainty: only 1 known case.. patient may already have been dead
Notes: The only case I know about, it killed with 40cc of air. Smaller amounts are harmless. The case was the death of Abbie Borroto, who died in 1950 from a 40cc injection in New Hampshire. She died in minutes. This was the 1949 Dr H Sander case. He was found not guilty to murder on the grounds that the patient may already have been dead when he gave the injection. (A doctor and a nurse could find no pulse earlier the same day). The following 2 quotes are from [1]: Prof. Y Kenis says: “… not a suitable method, nor a gentle death… extremely difficult to utilize as a method of suicide. .. possibly with very serious consequences, such as paralysis or permanent brain damage. .. this is only an impression, and I have no real scientific information on the subject.” Dr Pieter V Admiraal .. describes the theoretical air bubble method of suicide as impossible, disagreeable and cruel. “To kill somebody with air you would have to inject at least 100 -> 200 millilitres as quickly as possible in a vein as big as possible close to the heart. You would have to fill the whole heart with air at once. The heart would probably beat on for several minutes, perhaps 5 -> 15 minutes, and during the first minutes the person may be conscious.”

Time: Couple of seconds before conciousness fades
Available: Happen to have a train line nearby? Or a guillotine perhaps?
Certainty: Very certain, unless you pull away just before
Notes: See “jumping in front of trains”. May be difficult to stop pulling your head out of the way – OD on sleeping tablets first

Calle: A news notice from California posted to tells the story of a man who comitted suicide nearly cut his own head off with a chainsaw. Sounds like a grisly way to do it.

Disembowelment (aka seppuku/hara kiri)
Time: Minutes
Available: Got a nice razor-sharp sword?
Certainty: Fairly certain, assuming that you managed to gut yourself properly before passing out with the agony
Notes: Painful, even the macho Samurai used a ‘second’ to decapitate them at the appropriate point, so don’t expect to do much more than give yourself peritonitis. Trendy for insane martial arts fanatics and gay Japanese poets called Mishima.

Time: Minutes (5 mins to die of drowning, 20 to die of hypothermia)
Available: Anywhere there’s deep, (cold) water in a remote spot
Certainty: Good, just make sure you sink & can’t swim
Notes: Put stones in your pockets, tie your legs & hands together, and hop into the lake.. bit of a shock to the fisherman who finds your rotting corpse stuck in his brand new net. Also see entry for “hypothermia/freezing”. However, remember that you can be revived from cold water drowning after several hours, because the cold slows down terminal brain damage. Warmer water doesn’t have the advantage of hypothermia, but is more effective in making sure you *stay* dead.

Time: Seconds / minutes
Available: Anywhere with high-tension, high-current lines & a good earth
Certainty: Somewhat dependant on luck & how much power goes through you
Notes: Don’t bother with 110 or 240 volt mains, its just not enough. Some people do get killed with household electricity, but only after several minutes. Use high tension lines, stand in bare feet on waterlogged ground (better still, put a piece of THICK copper cable into the nearest river). Works best if current path travels through your head, or through the heart. Just burns you badly otherwise. NOTE: people have survived massive high-voltage, high-current shocks with nothing but 3rd degree burns to show for it. Sometimes paralysis, limbs amputated etc.

Time: 10 milliseconds, or similar (!)
Available: Difficult to get hold of detonator & good explosives
Certainty: Certain if detonator works properly
Notes: DON’T USE GUNPOWDER or other ‘slow’ explosives (eg, homemade explosives). Use dynamite or ‘Plastique’, strap it to your forehead with the detonator, and BOOM! The main problem is with getting hold of high explosives (I know the recipe for Nitro-Glycerine, but home manufacture is extremely risky, and the product is unstable). If you can get a grenade, use it, it’s probably the best way of doing this one.

Calle: Recipies for creating explosives can be found, together with the appropriate warnings, in the rec.pyrotechnics FAQ.

Freezing to death (hypothermia)
Time: several hours (15 minutes in very cold water)
Available: Got a large chest freezer? Is the outside temp 1000 years time?
Certainty: Good assuming that the technology is developed
Notes: Basically, this involves a ‘replicator’ panel. You program it to replicate yourself, simplifying very slightly, with the exception of the urge to use this technique. After a while, you turn into a mindless zombie, trudging around from the exit of the machine to the entrance, for eternity. Strange philosophical implications.

Calle: If you postulate nanomachines, why not use the deconstructor kind? Take your body apart into its component molecules in less than a minute… A silly method, if you hadn’t guessed.

Scuba-diving (various fatal ‘accidents’)
Time: see notes -most are minutes/hours
Available: scuba diving gear, nobody around
Certainty: see notes
Notes: The first method is to rise 30 metres or so without releasing your breath. Assuming that you can do it, it should cause your lungs to burst. The second is the bends – stay under long enough for the nitrogen to dissolve (30 metres for 30 minutes). go up rapidly without decompression time. This is unreliable, and may cause brain / joint damage. The third way is Carbon Monoxide poisoning – fill your tank with it, and stay away from other divers. You will fall asleep fairly quickly. See CO in poisons section. The final way is oxygen poisoning – however, this means that you have to go very deep with an oxygen-rich mix, and there are problems associated with that. The advantage of these methods is that insurance companies / relatives will assume that it was an accident (‘misadventure’), with the possible exception of the CO poisoning.

The source of this follows: (from the net) “Rising 30m without exhaling will usually result in an over pressured lung, possible subcuteaneous emphazema, collapsed lung, death usually from drowning in your own blood. Rather painful and usually curable if you are rescued, but fair chance of dying if you aren’t.

Building up a high residual nitrogen time (say 30m for 30 min) then coming up without decompressing will get you bent fairly nicely. You don’t feel much, but your joints tend to start stiffening up after half an hour. Death is very uncertain, coming from a stroke. Brain damage, joint damage etc are most likely. Pobably can be recued but some damage certain. Oxygen poisoning, going down 50+m until the partial pressure of the oxygen reaches a toxic level. Difficult to accomplish, very painful to get down that deep, cold pressure etc, possibility of nitrogen narcosis and forgetting what you are doing. Probably get bent, good chance of rescue.

CO poisoning, mix a healthy batch of carbon monoxide in your tank as you dive, you tend to go to sleep under water, when combined with the above methods you have a pretty good winner, don’t forget to forget your BCD.”

Sucking your brains out (silly)
Time: Minutes
Available: You’d need a Puma (TM) robot, & some other bits
Certainty: certain, given proper programming
Notes: You would need an industrial robot to do this properly. Give it a saw attachment, a sucking tube attachment, and program it. Make a head restraint. When you are fixed securely into the restraint, start the robot’s program. It will drill a hole in your head, and stick the tube into the hole. Program it to wiggle the tube back and forth so that it doesn’t miss anything. This might work better if you put a stream of water into the hole as well, so that the sucking attachment doesn’t just suck air all the time. Debugging the program could be amusing.

Time: ?
Available: Source of strong microwave emissions
Certainty: ?
Notes: Cooking yourself. Point is to raise your core body temperature to fatal levels.

Calle: Does anyone have any information on this? All that I know is that standing in front of a Swedish coast surveillance radar (which happens to use exactly the same wavelength as your average microwave oven) is a Bad Thing.

Time: a week or so?
Available: you need to be able to stop medical help.
Certainty: certain if your will-power stands up to it.
Notes: Don’t eat or drink. Remember that food contains a high proportion of water. Avoiding medical help can be difficult. See ‘starving to death’.

Skydiving ‘accident’
Time: pretty damn quick.
Available: need to join a skydiving club. Takes much time and money.
Certainty: Fairly certain. People have fallen from extreme heights and survived. The resulting injuries are not fun.
Notes: Join a skydiving club, continue to practise it for a while to clear off all suspicions and then once pack your parachute in a real mess (preferably knotted up, but not too clearly) and then jump. The para will not open and you will reach a terminal velocity of 220 km/h (160 mph/120 kn). Death is instant in the impact with the Planet Earth.

This has the advantages of being ‘accidental’, and your family/ friends do not have the additional pain and guilt associated with suicides.

Calle: In addition to the above, you need to remove or disable your reserve parachute (which is not easy, I’m told). There are better “accidental” methods than this.

A correspondent who is a skydiver dislikes this entry, since if people use it it will give skydiving an undeservedly bad reputation.

Death by a thousand cuts; modern version (silly)
Time: variable
Available: a heck of a lot of razor-wire.. maybe a high-voltage supply
Certainty: not very good
Notes: This is a modern variant of the Arabic ‘Death of a thousand cuts’. Basically, jump onto a stack of unravelled razor wire, and roll around till you die.. it may help to connect a high- voltage, low current power supply to the wire, so that you have spasms, which should keep you getting cut even when you are unconscious. Also, you should make sure that you can’t roll off the wire.

Time: seconds to minutes, depends on car press
Available: a car press.. any good junkyard
Certainty: certain as long as you can’t escape
Notes: This is an elegantly simple one.. get into a car, in a car press, and shortly afterwards be squashed to death as your body is converted into a red pulp. It may be tricky getting the press to trigger, but if you hide in the car someone may come along and activate it. There are other ways of getting crushed, this just happens to be the most effective I can think up on the spur of the moment. Getting yourself run over by a fully loaded articulated lorry is quite good. You should remember that people quite often survive the actual crushing; they die when the weight is taken OFF them.

World War Three
Time: moments if you are near a militarilly significant site
Available: happen to be one of the ‘key-holders’? president maybe?
Certainty: pretty certain
Notes: All you have to do is trigger world war three. Fire an ICBM or three at the Chinese and the Russians… This method has the advantage that you take everyone else with you! Trouble is, the number of people with the requisite access is minimal, and I sort of doubt that any readers of ASH can do this.

Calle: Lots harder since the collapse of the Soviet Union… Silly.

Time: 4 hours or more
Available: Very hot day; no disturbance from neighbours etc
Certainty: depends on the weather
Notes: Basically, the point is to give yourself extreme heatstroke. You should pass out after a few hours. Use some aluminium foil to direct the sun’s heat onto you, to speed up the process a bit. Try to reduce the chance of being interuppted, take off the phone etc. Obviously, start in the morning! Helps if the outside temperature is >100F.

Acid bath
Time: depends on acid
Available: a lot of a very strong acid
Certainty: fairly good
Notes: [from]
“summer heat got you down? Try the new and improved neighbourhood acid bath. Most metal working plants and some auto-repair shops will have a nice soothing acid bath. This, of course, is for those of you who enjoy extreme pain and don’t want to make a mess for others to clean up. If you don’t leave a note chances are they will never know what happened, aside from the shop / plant being broken into.”

Fake car bomb
Time: milliseconds
Available: explosive
Certainty: fairly good if enough explosive
Notes: This is a modification of the basic use-explosives method. What you do, is make a homemade car bomb, and drive off happily after chatting with your neighbour about how well your life is going, apart from a few minor death-threats from an Iraqi death-squad.. To confuse the authorities even more, have a note in your pocket listing the telephone numbers of all the eastern foreign embassies in your pocket, together with a little line of random “code numbers” next to each.., and a random but large amount of cash listed against each code number. 🙂 Oh yes, and a heavily annotated copy of Jane’s Defence Weekly – Xhosa edition.

Jumping off bridges (slice and dice with piano wire)
Time: 9.87 ms-2; 4 to 10 meters; calculate it yourself!
Available: Rope, pianowire and a high bridge.
Certainty: Fairly certain
Notes: Never been tried. Can also be used with a fairly high building, but then the art-motive will disappear.

Cut the rope and wire in various lengths. Each length must not be longer than the height of the bridge.

Tie one end of the ropes and wires to the bridge Tie the other part of the ropes to different bodyparts like thigh, calves, torso etc. Then tie the pianowires around your joints. (Don’t forget your genitals..)

When you jump various parts of you body are whipped away by the pianowire nooses, and your bits are held up by the ropes swaying in the breeze. If you to this right you should end up with just your torso hanging by it’s neck above the sea, highway, ground.

Do it with friends, and call it art.

Being eaten alive
Time: depends, but probably a couple of minutes
Available: zoo, or live in Africa/wherever
Certainty: not brilliant.. what if they’re not hungry and don’t finish?
Notes: basically, find one or more hungry carnivores… tigers are nice. Also, sharks, lions, any of the big cats..

Being burned up in unprotected re-entry (silly)
Time: probably a few minutes
Available: if you happen to be able to get into orbit
Certainty: about as certain as you can get!
Notes: Just go for a spacewalk in a low earth orbit, and decelerate enough to enter the atmosphere. You’ll get a great view…

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Time: Incubation period 1 to 10 years, death within 2 years of diagnosis of AIDS, Can have HIV for years/decades
Dosage: Just one intimate contact with an Infected person of any gender
Available: Available to all for free
Certainty: 99.9% certainty AFTER infected
Notes: [2]:
This is not painfree. This method may cost you alot of money if you allow others to get you medical attention. It may a little difficult to get infected as people who know they have it may not comply with your request. Could be great fun attempting to get infected depending upon your attitude (remember -any gender – you don’t have to limit yourself – you’re going to die, you might as well try it ;). Should be quite devasting to your family & close friends. You also get the satisfaction of leaving behind a virtual unrecognizable-as-you body ! This also gives you the prime opportunity to point your finger at your dentist and say he did it for all the times you have suffered in their chair. Happy dying !

Calle: May not be so certain any more. Ten years may well be long enough for someone to develop a cure. Silly, IMHO.

Auto-decapitation by car (added by Calle)
Time: Real quick
Available: You need access to a car and a rope
Certainty: I wouldn’t trust it
Comes from Basic idea is to tie one end of the rope around your neck, tie the other end to a real solid object, get into the car and accelerate away as fast as the car can manage. When you reach the end of the rope, your head gets torn off. Be sure to use enough rope and fasten your seat belt.

A posting to a.s.h. in July 1993 says that someone in Washinton State, USA actually used this method to commit suicide, so it can’t be that bad. The posting said that 25 feet of rope were used (about 7.5 meters), which does sound a bit short. Perhaps he had a real awesome car.

Death by painting your body (very silly, and wrong)
Dosage : Less than 1 can of paint depending on your body type
Time : ? Probably less than 8 hours
Availability : Very available ! You have a choice of greasepaint or House paint. You need a type of paint that will not allow your pores to breath in order to be successful at this. You also have a smashing selection of colors you can choose to die in ! Nile Green ? Blood Red ? Basic Black ? Or any combo you desire.. If you couldn’t decide before what to wear to die in, this method will cause you considerable angst.
Certainty : This is a sure method, provided you have a paint that will block your pores from breathing. Don’t forget the bottom of your feet. You must paint every last bit of available skin. If your pores can breathe, you won’t die.
Notes : I read this in some theater journal 5 or so years ago, saying when you you do full body makeup, you must insure that parts of the body are left naked to breathe or the actor will die. Usually for full body makeup, they leave the bottoms of feet, and some patterns on the body, like lines so the actor doesn’t suffocate.

Calle: This is an *extremely* silly one. It was in the “not yet edited” portion of Mike’s file, and I think it is quite straight from an a.s.h. posting. This method does not work. As you can check in most any book on human anatomy, the skin does not breathe. The only places in your body which absorbs oxygen are the lungs and the corneas, and the corneas only feed themselves. You might get ill or even die if you use poisonous paint, though.Notes of Methodology: Most drugs, taken in large quantity, will induce vomiting. To prevent this, take one or two anti-histamine tablets (travel sickness, allergy, hay fever tablets, etc.) an hour before on a fairly empty stomach.

If your poison of choice is in tablet form, swallow the first 20% as normal. (A larger quantity may induce vomiting or impede absorption.) Take the remainder with food or a strong alcohol, crushed or dissolved as appropriate; this will help the entire dose to hit your system at the same time. Alcohol helps dissolve the drugs, but don’t drink any beforehand! Instead, wash the tablets down with vodka or a similar spirit, and then drink yourself silly while you’re still conscious.

To increase your odds of death, secure a large, airtight plastic bag over your head. Also consider securing a rubber band around your neck. This can bring your odds from “good” to “almost certain,” in case the drugs don’t work as expected.

Friday night is a good time to die, if you live alone–nobody will miss you until Monday morning. Bolt all the doors and windows, and tell your neighbors or friends that you’ll be away. If you’ve got a loyal dog, set it free–you just don’t want to be featured on the nightly news as the chump whose dog dialed 9-1-1 and saved his life.

Be aware that people who regularly use painkillers can develop a tolerance. Increase the dosage accordingly.


Dosage: Variable
Time To Die: About 8 hours
Availability: Wonderfully easy to get
Certain Death?: Unreliable
The Savvy Suicide: Drink it all at the same time, as quickly as possible. Will cause liver and kidney damage if ‘rescued’ before death. Dosage is questionable.
Science Facts: Ingesting spirits as an enema is supposed to be a very quick way of absorbing alcohol; even better, inject it. Dosage varies according to method of ingestion, the individual’s tolerance, and the health of the individual’s liver.
So They Say: “The fatal dose of pure alcohol in an average adult is 300-400 mL (750-1000 mL of 40% alcohol) if consumed in less than one hour. Apart from the effects of overdosage, death after alcohol consumption can occur as a result of choking on vomit while unconscious…Consequences such as liver damage occur after chronic consumption.”

(amytal, amal, eunoctal, etamyl, stadadorm)
Dosage: 4.5 grams, typically ninety 50mg tablets
Time To Die: Unconsciousness in 5-15 minutes; death in 20-50 minutes
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Very reliable
The Savvy Suicide: More effective when used with an airtight bag over one’s head and a rubber band around one’s neck. Alcohol accelerates the process and increases reliability.

Dosage: 20-30+ grams
Time To Die: Variable: hours to days
Availability: Easy to get
Certain Death?: Unreliable
The Savvy Suicide: Not recommended. Fatal dose varies wildly, could cause liver & kidney damage instead of death. Too many cause vomiting. Overdose causes strange noises in your ears and projectile vomiting after about 10 hours. Medical help generally effective, so stay out of hospital for a couple of days. May cause bleeding in your stomach and/or upper intestines. To speed up absorption, take with sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonate of soda).

(also lye, drain cleaning fluids)
Dosage: One half to one liter
Time To Die: Variable: hours to days
Availability: Easy to get
Certain Death?: Uncertain
The Savvy Suicide: This method depends on your stomach corroding, thereby releasing stomach acids to destroy vital organs. A painful way to go.
So They Say: “I have heard of people throwing themselves through plate glass windows in their death agonies after drinking lye.”

(secbutobarbitone, butisol, ethnor)
Dosage: 3 grams, typically one hundred 30mg tablets
Time To Die: Unconsciousness in 5-15 minutes; death in 20-50 minutes
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Very reliable
The Savvy Suicide: More effective when used with an airtight bag over one’s head and a rubber band around one’s neck. Alcohol accelerates the process and increases reliability.

Dosage: 20 grams
Time To Die: Unknown
Availability: Easy to get
Certain Death?: Without much data or secondhand accounts, the lethality of caffeine remains uncertain.
Science Facts: An average cup of coffee contains roughly 200 mg, as does one caffeine pill such as Vivarin.

Carbon Monoxide
Dosage: 5% concentration
Time To Die: Minutes to hours
Availability: Easy to get: car exhaust, for one
Certain Death?: Fairly certain
The Savvy Suicide: Causes brain damage to survivors. Skin becomes fire engine red, making the coroner’s job easy.
Science Facts: The actual cause of death is asphyxiation, since the carbon monoxide binds tighter to hemoglobin than oxygen does (the oxygen gets crowded out, so to speak).
So They Say: “Urban legend tells of one couple who tried to kill themselves by filling their apartment with carbon monoxide. Unfortunately, the heavier-than-air carbon monoxide leaked through the floor and killed the people in the apartment below.”

Chloral Hydrate
(noctec, chloratex, somnox)
Dosage: More than 10 grams, typically more than twenty 500mg tablets
Time To Die: Info not available
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Not effective by itself
The Savvy Suicide: Mix with alcohol and restrict breathing with a bag and rubber band.

Chlorine gas
Dosage: Unknown
Time To Die: Unknown
Availability: Tricky
Certain Death?: Good
The Savvy Suicide: Used in World War One, known to be a very unpleasant death.

Dosage: Unknown (a soaked rag?)
Time To Die: Several minutes
Availability: Fairly easy to get
Certain Death?: Unknown
The Savvy Suicide: Victim will become unconscious first, so steps must be taken to ensure a continued ingestion. Perhaps taping the soaked rag over one’s mouth?

Dosage: 1 ounce (?)
Time To Die: 2 to 3 hours (?)
Availability: Possibly difficult; very expensive
Certain Death?: Unknown
The Savvy Suicide: Cocaine overdose induces a heart attack. Along the way, expect severe paranoia and breathing problems. It is not uncommon for drug mules to swallow bags or condoms of cocaine, only to have them accidentally burst in transit, killing them quite handily.

Dosage: 2.4 grams, typically eight 30mg tablets
Time To Die: Unconsciousness in 5-15 minutes; death in 20-50 minutes
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Very reliable
The Savvy Suicide: More effective when used with an airtight bag over one’s head and a rubber band around one’s neck. Alcohol accelerates the process and increases reliability. Be warned than tolerance develops with “normal” use.

Dosage: 50 mg Hydrogen Cyanide gas, 200-300 mg Cyanide salts
Time To Die: Seconds for gas; minutes for the salts on an empty stomach; possibly hours on a full stomach
Availability: Very difficult to secure
Certain Death?: Very certain
The Savvy Suicide: Instead of ingesting cyanide salt orally, drop 500mg into a strong acid. The fumes will be pure Hydrogen Cyanide, capable of killing within seconds.
Science Facts: Hydrocyanic acid is one of the most poisonous substances known; the inhalation of its fumes in high concentration will cause almost immediate death. Hydrogen cyanide acts by preventing the normal process of tissue oxidation and paralyzing the respiratory center in the brain. Most of the accidental cases are due to inhaling the fumes during a fumigating process. In the pure state it kills with great rapidity. Crystalline cyanides, such as potassium or sodium cyanide are equally poisonous, since they interact with the hydrochloric acid in the stomach to liberate hydrocyanic acid. This poison has been used for both homicide and suicide; in recent history, a number of European political figures carried vials of cyanide salt for emergency self-destruction and some used them. Death resulted from amounts of only a fraction of a gram. A concentration of 1 part in 500 of hydrogen cyanide gas is fatal. Allowable working concentration in most of the United States is 20 ppm. Two and one-half grains of liquid acid has killed. The acid acts fatally in about 15 minutes. The cyanide salts kill in several hours. The average dose of solution is 0.1 cc.
The Savvy Suicide: Stomach acids will react with Cyanide salts to form Hydrogen Cyanide, so an empty stomach is a great advantage.

(valium, apozepam, aliseum, ducene)
Dosage: 500 milligrams, typically one hundred 5mg tablets
Time To Die: Info not available
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Unreliable
The Savvy Suicide: Not effective by itself. Mix with alcohol and restrict breathing with a bag and rubber band.

(dalmane, dalmadorm, niotal)
Dosage: 3 grams, typically one hundred 30mg tablets
Time To Die: Info not available
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Not effective by itself
The Savvy Suicide: Mix with alcohol and restrict breathing with a bag and rubber band.

Dosage: 20 ml (?)
Time To Die: Seconds/minutes
Availability: Very easy to get
Certain Death?: With correct dosage, a reliable method.
So They Say: “You can also use propane or butane on a skin surface. Go stick your hand in a bucket of propane and see how many seconds you last…”

(doriden, doridene, glimid)
Dosage: 24 grams, typically forty eight 500mg tablets
Time To Die: Info not available
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Not effective by itself
The Savvy Suicide: Mix it with alcohol and restrict breathing with a bag and rubber band.

Dosage: 120 to 500 mg for non-users
Time To Die: Unknown
Availability: Difficult (and, like cocaine, expensive)
Certain Death?: Unknown
The Savvy Suicide: Combined with alcohol, a lethal dose might be reduced.

Dosage: As produced by reaction (see below)
Time To Die: Unknown (2 weeks?)
Availability: Easy to get
Certain Death?: Not known
Science Facts: Commonly produced by mixing a bottle of bleach and a bottle of ammonia. A fairly common way for illiterate cleaning people to accidentally kill themselves.
So They Say: “Several years ago at my high school, one of the janitors innocently mixed together half a bottle of bleach with half a bottle of of ammonia in a small closet where the cleaning fluids were kept. He passed out due to the hydrazine gas released in the reaction between the two chemicals. This man was in agony for two weeks in an intensive care unit in a local hospital with the majority of the inside surface of his lungs damaged and untreatable before he got lucky and died.”

(dilaudid, pentagone)
Dosage: 100-200 milligrams, typically 50-100 2mg tablets
Time To Die: Unconsciousness in 5-15 minutes; death in 20-50 minutes
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Not effective by itself
The Savvy Suicide: Mix it with alcohol and restrict breathing with a bag and rubber band.

Dosage: Unknown
Time To Die: Hours-days
Availability: Prescription only
Certain Death?: Reasonable
The Savvy Suicide: Rumored to be This is a theoretically simple method of suicide, where the cause of death is hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain and body).

Given many drugs do not, on their own, induce death (especially if the dose is below the minimum lethal dose), the idea is to ingest drugs that will cause unconsciousness, and then for the plastic bag to cause death by hypoxia, as, with no fresh oxygen in the bag, carbon dioxide is inhaled eventually causing death.

Care must be taken to use a bag that will not tear if the body is convulsing, or during semi consciousness.

Nitschke & Stewart1 and Derek Humphry2 recommend the sort of oven bag you roast a turkey in. Thin plastic bags where the plastic will easily stick to the face are not recommended, although Stone3 mentions that wearing a hat with a brim can avoid this problem. The bigger the bag, the slower the asphyxiation. Whatever the bag size though, there does need to be some seal around the neck. It does not need to be tight – an elastic band or a loop of elastic should do the trick.

The major drawback of this method is running out of oxygen in the bag whilst still conscious. Humans, whatever their mental state, have an underlying strong desire to stay alive, so are likely to tear or remove the bag in this situation. A bigger bag may be the answer, although it is always hard to know how long it will take for any given drug dose to render unconsciousness, and whether the oxygen in the proposed bag size will last more or less than that time. In Final Exit Derek Humphry talks about elasticating the bag, then holding the bottom open so breathing is easy until consciousness is lost, when the elastic would gently close the bag around the head.

Stone3 states that a 30 gallon trash bag should have around 30 minutes of air in it, although in his own tests he stated that after only 15 minutes carbon dioxide build up was sufficiently high for his breathing rate to more than triple and be uncomfortable enough to want to remove the bag. On Alt Suicide Holiday4 it is stated that even when people start to become unconscious, they can remove the bag from their head, thus making this method prone to failure.

Another option is to try and place the bag over the head as the drugs are starting to take effect, although this is prone to failing to get the bag over the head in time, or still running out of oxygen. A small tent that has all vents sealed may offer a viable alternative to a bag, and have a fair amount of oxygen to last for a number of hours until the drugs take effect, although in this case it really would be important to ensure that no air can leak into the tent once inside it.

It is probably advisable to do testing with different types of bag/tent before any suicide attempt to get a gauge for how long any given bag/tent can be breathed in before it becomes uncomfortable. Then ensure that whatever drugs are taken will cause unconsciousness in less than that time.

This method does take time for death to occur. The time all depends on how much air is in the bag/tent, and potentially what drugs are being used. Whilst discovery and interruption of the attempt within a relatively short time frame may not cause any permanent damage, discovery later in to the process may result in permanent brain damage. For this reason, it is absolutely essential that there is no chance of being discovered for a period of at least a few of hours.

So whilst this method is potentially lethal, generally painless, and will leave a peaceful looking body, it does have a number of drawbacks to carry it out effectively. Important considerations are a bag with enough oxygen to last until the drugs cause unconsciousness, ideally a bag that is comfortable to breath in whist conscious, drugs that will reliably cause unconsciousness, and to ensure there is no chance of being discovered.

Although this method is mentioned as potentially lethal in Final Exit, and mentioned in many forums, it is not mentioned in Peaceful Pill Handbook, and Alt Suicide Holiday states that posts on their newsgroup consistently report this method as failing, and advise against using it. There are certainly more reliable methods.quite a pleasant way to go.


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