Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 102–106 | Cite as

Two extraordinary autoerotic fatalities

  • Lucia TattoliEmail author
  • Biagio Solarino
  • Michael Tsokos
  • Claas Buschmann
  • Lars Oesterhelweg
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Case report

Case 1

A 49-year-old male engineer was found dead in the living room of their apartment by his wife, who had not seen him for 24 h (Fig. 1). The living room door was locked from the inside and, thus, firefighters opened the door by force. The decedent was wearing women’s underwear, artificial, homemade “breasts”, and a woman’s wig (Fig. 2). The neck was tied by a retaining strap connected to the feet, with a sliding metal eyelet on the nape. A “ball gag” (a plastic ping pong ball) was strapped into his mouth and fixed with a loop-type fastening cord around the head (Fig. 3). The upper chest was tied in complicated loops with scarves inserted under the pantyhose in the hip area, simulating wider female-like hips. The penis and testicles were tied backward within the gluteal fold, and the genital contours were not evident under the pantyhose. An object was inserted into the anus and connected to straps (Fig. 4a, b). The computer in the living room was switched on, and the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Health and Pediatrics, Section of Legal MedicineUniversity of TurinTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Legal MedicineUniversity of BariBariItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic SciencesUniversity Medical Centre Charité, University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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