Found on the internet. I am not completely familiar with what the law says, however logic tell me this statement is completely wrong. Morally, to me, this statement also doesnâ€™t hold either. My reason for opposing this statement is: On the moral side: At the time you would have found someone you think is death, you have the obligation to let a physician establish death. That most certainly counts if you cannot be sure of the fact that death has occurred. If you decide no to call a physician but stage the crime scene by strangling the person who you think is dead, you take the risk of killing someone who is in need of medical care. Therefore, my conclusion you are willing to risk that you kill someone. Should it later be established that the victim was still alive when you staged the strangulation, you, to me, are definitely a murderer. On the law side: No, you, in principle, cannot murder a dead person. However if it later turns out the victim was still alive when you strangled the victim in order to create a staged crime scene, you are, to me, a murderer and should be prosecuted as such. Again the same thing counts, you are not skilled to establish death on such sort notice, therefore you are obliged to call a physician. It does not matter to me what you think, but what is the actuality truth.