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Compare NeverSuicide, MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, and SuicideNotMurder.

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Compare NeverSuicide, MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, MakeItLookLikeAnAccident and SuicideNotMurder.
SuicideNotMurder. Contrast NeverSuicide.


There are several reasons why a person would do this. In a modern setting, many insurance companies won't pay full death benefits on a suicide and may pay extra for accidental death. Suicide was a crime for decades (if not centuries) in many countries; just because someone wants to end it all doesn't mean he wants his body shipped off for dissection, exposed or otherwise dishonored. [[SuicideIsShameful Some religions condemn suicide]], a believer who wants to be [[DueToTheDead buried in the faith]] would have to choose a death method that could be ruled "accident".

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There are several reasons why a person would do this. In a modern setting, many this:
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Suicide was a crime for decades (if not centuries) in many countries; just because someone wants to end it all doesn't mean he wants his body shipped off for dissection, exposed or otherwise dishonored. [[SuicideIsShameful Some religions condemn suicide]], a believer who wants to be [[DueToTheDead buried in the faith]] would have to choose a death method that could be ruled "accident".dishonored.
* [[SuicideIsShameful Some religions condemn suicide]], a believer who wants to be [[DueToTheDead buried in the faith]] would have to choose a death method that could be ruled "accident" to avoid a DishonoredDead.

Occasionally a suicide will be covered up by a second party who wants to protect the deceased's reputation.


There are several reasons why a person would do this. In a modern setting, many insurance companies won't pay full death benefits on a suicide and may pay extra for accidental death. Suicide was a crime for decades (if not centuries) in many countries; just because someone wants to end it all doesn't mean he wants his body shipped off for dissection, exposed or otherwise dishonored. Some religions condemn suicide, a believer who wants to be [[DueToTheDead buried in the faith]] would have to choose a death method that could be ruled "accident".

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There are several reasons why a person would do this. In a modern setting, many insurance companies won't pay full death benefits on a suicide and may pay extra for accidental death. Suicide was a crime for decades (if not centuries) in many countries; just because someone wants to end it all doesn't mean he wants his body shipped off for dissection, exposed or otherwise dishonored. [[SuicideIsShameful Some religions condemn suicide, suicide]], a believer who wants to be [[DueToTheDead buried in the faith]] would have to choose a death method that could be ruled "accident".
"accident".


* He doesn't go through with it, but Reggie Fenyx strongly considers an "accidental" high speed car crash as a way of dealing with his shellshock in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Phoenix and Ashes]]''.

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* He doesn't go through with it, but Reggie Fenyx strongly considers an "accidental" high speed car crash as a way of dealing with his shellshock in ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Phoenix and Ashes]]''.''Literature/PhoenixAndAshes''.



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* Similarly, in an episode of ''Series/StrongMedicine'', a woman is brought to the hospital after a car accident. She can only babble that she wants to see her husband. Two staff members go all out to find her husband, but are unsuccessful. The woman eventually dies from her injuries, with the two staff members lamenting their failure to find her husband in time. Until a cop present in the ER notes that the woman's name sounds familiar and remembers that her husband was himself killed in a car accident a few weeks earlier. The soon realize that the woman's babbling was a desire to be reunited with her husband and that her own accident was likely a suicide.



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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': In "Dangerous Curve Ahead", Frankie investigates a suspicious car accident only to discover the driver had deliberate run her car off the road; picking a point where the crash was guaranteed to kill her.


* On ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' John Teller's death was officially ruled an accident. He seemed to have lost control of his motorcycle and collided with an oncoming truck. However, some people who knew him suspect that it was a suicide. John was very depressed at the time because the 'biker brotherhood' he helped to create has turned into just another criminal gang. He also discovered that his wife and best friend were sleeping together and might have been plotting to kill him.

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John Teller's death was officially ruled an accident. He seemed to have lost control of his motorcycle and collided with an oncoming truck. However, some people who knew him suspect that it was a suicide. John was very depressed at the time because the 'biker brotherhood' he helped to create has turned into just another criminal gang. He also discovered that his wife and best friend were sleeping together and might have been plotting to kill him.


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* Common in PoliceProcedurals.

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* Played complexly in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]''. When a medtech pelts in to find 'Admiral Naismith's' really scary bodyguard dead, Miles states "He was cleaning the weapons. The needler was set on auto rapid fire." The woman that shot his lifelong bodyguard takes this as an act to cover for her, but he knew full well she would be the one dead if Bothari made any attempt to defend himself.

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* Played complexly in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Warrior's Apprentice]]''.''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice''. When a medtech pelts in to find 'Admiral Naismith's' really scary bodyguard dead, Miles states "He was cleaning the weapons. The needler was set on auto rapid fire." The woman that shot his lifelong bodyguard takes this as an act to cover for her, but he knew full well she would be the one dead if Bothari made any attempt to defend himself.

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** The end of the episode reveals that [[spoiler:at least for now, he does not go through with it]].



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* On ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' John Teller's death was officially ruled an accident. He seemed to have lost control of his motorcycle and collided with an oncoming truck. However, some people who knew him suspect that it was a suicide. John was very depressed at the time because the 'biker brotherhood' he helped to create has turned into just another criminal gang. He also discovered that his wife and best friend were sleeping together and might have been plotting to kill him.
** In the series finale Jax Teller dies the same way his father did. While being chased by police, he hits an oncoming truck head on. This time we see that it was clearly a suicide since Jax deliberately swerved into the other lane and let go off the handlebars. Jax was under a death sentence from his own club and wanted to spare his friends from having to kill him. However, the police report of the incident is likely to rule it an accident as well.



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* 200 years after the facts, no one can still quite agree whether Marshal Alexandre Berthier voluntarily threw himself out of a window, out of regret that he wasn't by Napoleon's side, or whether he simply fell accidentally because he was over sixty and had been drinking heavily.


* Inverted in ''Film/FinalDestination''. One of the teenagers who would have died on Flight 180 slips in the bathroom and a cord in the shower wraps around his neck, strangling him as he struggles to get out of the bathtub and reach for a pair of scissors to cut the cord. His family finds him and assume that he committed suicide.

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* Inverted in ''Film/FinalDestination''.''Film/FinalDestination1''. One of the teenagers who would have died on Flight 180 slips in the bathroom and a cord in the shower wraps around his neck, strangling him as he struggles to get out of the bathtub and reach for a pair of scissors to cut the cord. His family finds him and assume that he committed suicide.

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* "3 a.m." by Bill Anderson, a top 10 country song from 1964 [[note]]and a different song than the Matchbox 20 song from 1998[[/note]], is told through the eyes of a young man who, deeply depressed after his breakup and because all of the taverns have closed, the option left for him is to jump off a bridge. He imagines the headlines that will be printed when his body is recovered ("''In the news they'll say he couldn't even swim/And he gave his love for love at 3 a.m.''").

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