Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 233–235 | Cite as

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

Case Report


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 death Autoerotic asphyxia Age Elderly victim Hanging Forensic 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

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