In early English common law, suicide was a punishable crime

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In today’s law, suicide is not considered a crime. It is viewed as a sad and an unfortunate event, but it rarely has legal consequences.

However, in early English common law suicide was considered as “Felo de se,” Latin for “felon on himself.” The person found guilty of it, even though dead, was subject to various punishments including forfeiture of property to the monarch and being given a profane burial.

In early English common law, suicide was a punishable crime

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