Self-Killing Law and Legal Definition

Self-killing is the act of taking one’s own life. It is also known as suicide, self-destruction, self-slaughter, self-murder, or felony de se. Earlier, suicide and attempted suicide were crimes. But now they are not considered criminal offenses. However, assisted suicide is a crime in almost all U.S. states. In John Hancock Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Moore, 34 Mich. 41, 45 (Mich. 1876), it was held that ‘suicide’ means self killing, just as "homicide" means killing any one else.