Fatal strangulation during consensual BDSM activity: three case reports.

Bauer, Kristina; Schön, Corinna A.; Jackowski, Christian (2021). Fatal strangulation during consensual BDSM activity: three case reports. International journal of legal medicine, 135(1), pp. 347-353. Springer 10.1007/s00414-020-02449-z

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Autoerotic accidents are well-known occurrences in forensic casework. Reports about unintentional deaths in a sexual context involving other persons are much rarer. Three cases of fatal incidents related to asphyxiophilia during consensual BDSM activity are reported. Two men died while visiting a dominatrix, the third one in the presence of a male casual sexual partner. Paraphernalia associated with BDSM/fetishism were found at the scene in all cases. Autopsy findings were compatible with death by strangulation. The cases are compared with published autoerotic accidents and similar unintentional deaths involving other individuals. The difficulties concerning the forensic assessment and reconstruction of the cases are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Bauer, Kristina; Schön, Corinna and Jackowski, Christian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0937-9827

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

03 Dec 2020 16:24

Last Modified:

06 Jan 2021 01:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00414-020-02449-z

PubMed ID:

33106895

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Asphyxiophilia BDSM Hanging Paraphilia Strangulation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.147696

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/147696

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