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NCJ Number: 219266 Find in a Library
Title: Complex Autoerotic Death With Full Body Wrapping in a Plastic Body Bag
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:52  Issue:4  Dated:July 2007  Pages:954-956
Author(s): Morgan Schellenberg; Stephanie Racette B.S.; Anny Sauvageau M.D., M.Sc.
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 3
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents the case of a 34-year-old man who died of asphyxia, secondary to body wrapping in the largest and most complex plastic bag ever involved in a published case of autoerotic death.
Abstract: Autoerotic deaths are usually classified as accidental (unintended) deaths that occur during individual, and usually solitary, efforts to increase sexual stimulation by decreasing oxygen into the system through a device, apparatus, or prop. In the current case, a 34-year-old White man was found dead by his partner inside the apartment they shared. There were no signs of forced entry, and the front door was locked. Clothed only in his underwear, the victim was lying on his back, completely enclosed from head to foot in a large plastic bag. The bag had been constructed from a large plastic sheet folded in two, which was then sealed on three sides, two from the outside and one from the inside, using duct tape. The bag was pierced by four tubes and a black wire. Of the four tubes, only the one with the smallest diameter opened both to the inside and outside of the bag. This tube was found resting on the victim's chest near his face. The outer openings of the other three tubes were obstructed by duct tape. Once enclosed within the bag, the victim could obtain oxygen only from the air outside the bag by breathing through the tube that was 1 cm in diameter. This tube was too narrow and too long to allow for sufficient gas exchange with the outside air. The black wire that pierced the bag was attached inside the bag to headphones, which were plugged into a nearby computer that showed a sadomasochistic Web site on its screen. 3 figures and 7 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Accidental killings; Autoerotic deaths; Death investigations; Forensic sciences
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