Autoerotic Asphyxial Death Initially Misinterpreted as Suicide and a Review of the Literature

    Volume 36, Issue 6 (November 1991)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Landrón, FJ
    Forensic pathologist, Institute of Forensic Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Garza-Leal, JA
    Forensic pathologist and professor of legal medicine, School of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, N.L.

    (Received 5 February 1991; accepted 7 May 1991)

    Abstract

    Death during autoerotic activities is of special concern to law enforcement officials, medical examiners, the family of the decedent, and society in general. As in the probing of any violent demise, accurate identification, management, and preservation of all physical evidence; complete photographic documentation of the scene and the body; reconstruction of the scene; and interviews with the family and acquaintances (psychological autopsy) are mandatory for proper study, evaluation, and interpretation of the case. Because of a lack of knowledge on the part of many people, including professionals, about these activities and the fact that many autoerotic fatalities share common characteristics with suicide and homicide, these cases are often misinterpreted. The authors present a case of autoerotic accidental asphyxial death which was initially misinterpreted as suicide.


    Paper ID: JFS13200J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13200J

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    Title Autoerotic Asphyxial Death Initially Misinterpreted as Suicide and a Review of the Literature
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