Methods to Kill Hostages or Kidnapped Persons
Scientific opinions, as well as forensic and investigative practice on the peculiarities of the method of killing hostages or kidnapped persons have been analyzed. The content of the structure of murder methods within the system of forensic characteristics of crimes against human life and health has been revealed. The author has analyzed the essence and has revealed the concept of the method of killing hostages or kidnapped persons; the author has also analyzed its main elements.
Based on the research, the author has offered to define the method of killing hostages or kidnapped persons as a set of techniques and interrelated actions (active or passive) of a person committing a crime aimed at committing a criminal act, consisting of a set of forensic elements that assist the fastest investigation of a crime.
It has been established that currently this issue is not fully revealed. Previously, the methods of murder within the forensic aspect as general principles of crimes against life and health of a person have been repeatedly studied, but the issue about the methods of killing hostages or kidnapped persons has not been sufficiently covered in domestic science. The concept and structure of the methods of killing hostages or kidnapped persons are also insufficiently studied. The content of forensic elements of the methods of killing hostages or kidnapped persons has been revealed: 1) preparation for hostage-taking or kidnapping; 2) hostage-taking or kidnapping; 3) preparation for the murder of a hostage or a kidnapped person; 4) committing the murder of a hostage or a kidnapped person; 5) concealment of the murder of a hostage or a kidnapped person.
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