Mercy Killing: Case History
NOTE: The following table includes reported cases of mercy killing between the 1920s and the early 1960s. The major source for these cases was the archive of the Euthanasia Society of America (PC). Several other sources have been used, including the New York Times archive, books, and articles. The cases are not in any particular order, and in some cases the full information could not be retrieved. They are divided into four different groups: acquitted (Q), committed suicide (S), attempted suicide and acquitted (AS), committed to a mental institution (C), punished (P). The distribution of the fifty-seven cases where the outcome is known are: Q=21, S=10, AS=11, C=3, P=12.