Complete Autoerotic Asphyxiation
Suicide or Accident?
Tournel, Gilles M.D.; Hubert, Nicolas M.D.; Rougé, Clotilde M.D.; Hédouin, Valéry M.D., Ph.D.; Gosset, Didier M.D., Ph.D.
This case report supports the creation of complex sexual scenes by male subjects. In this case, consideration of the death scene is important in an understanding of the motivation and behavior of the young decedent.
In northern France, a young male student, aged 21, was found dead one morning in May of 1999. The victim lived with his grandmother, who had discovered him dead in the living room. The grandmother had last seen the victim alive the previous day at 9 pm. The victim had known he was alone on the ground floor because his grandmother had gone to sleep. The body was found hanging by a rope tied around the neck, sitting on the upper part of the divan. The divan was situated under a beam, to which the rope was fastened. The body was sitting in front of a mirror. He wore a jellaba and female underclothes (bra, panties, and sanitary towel with red coloring), and clothespins nipping the two nipples (Figs. 1 and 2). Chains and padlocks were present on the body (Fig. 3). There were no pornographic pictures close to the body. In a room near the living room, electrical devices (electrodes) were found. The noose was padded with a towel, which protected the skin of the neck from ridging.
Autopsy revealed ligature abrasions around the victim’s neck. Rope marks were located on the anterior part of the neck (Fig. 6). The groove was very faint. Facial petechial hemorrhages were present. Pulmonary edema was present in the lungs. There was no fracture of the hyoid bone or thyroid cartilage and no deep muscle bruises of the neck. No other significant autopsy findings were present. The cause of the death was attributed to asphyxia by hanging.
On the Sunday preceding the event, a TV movie about erotic asphyxiation by a sexual partner had been shown. The relationship between our case and that movie was not established, unlike many cases reported in the literature (8,9). There was no psychiatric background and no known previous suicidal behavior. Additionally, the victim had a normal heterosexual relationship with a 21-year-old girlfriend. He was reported to like risks and to have frequently engaged in extreme behavior (e.g., driving very fast, diving in deep water). The manner of death was finally considered to be an accident.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge in Florida on Monday agreed to make permanent an order that prohibits the release of photos, video or other records related to the investigation into the death of comedian Bob Saget. During a court hearing in Orlando, Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu said he would issue a permanent injunction that had been requested by Saget's widow, Kelly Rizzo, and his three daughters. The family members had filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the release of any records from the local medical examiner’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office involving the investigation into Saget’s death. Saget, 65, was found dead Jan. 9 in a room at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. He had performed in the area the previous night as part of a stand-up tour. Saget died from an accidental blow to the head, likely from a fall backward, according to the medical examiner. An autopsy report showed that Saget had an abrasion on his scalp, a fracture at the base of his skull, fractures around his eye sockets, bruises to the brain, and bleeding between the brain and tissue covering the brain. A toxicology analysis didn’t show any illicit drugs or toxins in Saget’s body. During the course of the autopsy and death investigation, the medical examiner’s office and sheriff’s office created graphic videos and photos of Saget’s body, as well as audio recordings. Such records are prohibited by state law from being released publicly, but some media outlets had already filed requests for them, according to the family’s lawsuit. Source