Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 233–235

Elderly victim: an unusual autoerotic fatality involving an 87-year-old male

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s12024-009-9093-9

Cite this article as:
Sauvageau, A. & Geberth, V.J. Forensic Sci Med Pathol (2009) 5: 233. doi:10.1007/s12024-009-9093-9


The average age of autoerotic victims is in the early thirties. Elderly victims of more than 65 years of age are uncommon, consisting of less than 1% of cases. The following case represents the oldest victim ever reported: a 87-year-old man found hanging by a belt in his living room. The body of the deceased was completely naked, with a complex bondage system of ropes. In the victim’s bedroom closet, a suitcase contained similar ropes and belts suggesting prior autoerotic activity. Semen was also found at the scene.


Autoerotic deathAutoerotic asphyxiaAgeElderly victimHangingForensic pathology

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© Humana Press 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.P.H.I. Investigative Consultant IncGarnervilleUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légaleMontrealCanada