Airplane Accident Fatalities Increase Just After Newspaper Stories About Murder and Suicide

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Science  25 Aug 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4357, pp. 748-750
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4357.748


Fatal crashes of private, business, and corporate-executive airplanes have increased after publicized murder-suicides. The more publicity given to a murder-suicide, the more crashes occurred. The increase in plane crashes occurred primarily in states where the murder-suicides were publicized. These findings suggest that murder-suicide stories trigger subsequent murder-suicides, some of which are disguised as airplane accidents.