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Digital imaging of the dissection and sexual abuse of a corpse - an exceptional case of necrophilia.
Leg Med (Tokyo) 2007; 9(3):143-6LM

Abstract

Regular necrophilia refers to the sexually motivated abuse of corpses and is not considered as severe crime in many western countries. However, the risk of "switching" to necrophilic homicides, i.e., committing a homicide to obtain a dead body, has to be assessed by forensic experts. We present a case of semi-professional dissection, preservation and sexual abuse of the body and body parts of a 14-year-old girl. Every step was documented by the offender on thousands of digital images thus allowing an exact reconstruction of necrophilic acts and fantasies. Three months after the disappearance of the body the remains could be recovered and linked to the deceased by pathological examination and DNA analysis. The offender had excessively used the internet for downloading files with sadistic and necrophilic contents including autopsy instructions. The psychiatric examination of the socially integrated and married patient revealed a severe personality disorder. Two other, previously unsolved cases could be attributed to him showing a clear progression of fantasies and acts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Wuerzburg, Germany. miletus@gmx.deNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17157546

Citation

Bauer, Martin, et al. "Digital Imaging of the Dissection and Sexual Abuse of a Corpse - an Exceptional Case of Necrophilia." Legal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), vol. 9, no. 3, 2007, pp. 143-6.
Bauer M, Tatschner T, Patzelt D. Digital imaging of the dissection and sexual abuse of a corpse - an exceptional case of necrophilia. Leg Med (Tokyo). 2007;9(3):143-6.
Bauer, M., Tatschner, T., & Patzelt, D. (2007). Digital imaging of the dissection and sexual abuse of a corpse - an exceptional case of necrophilia. Legal Medicine (Tokyo, Japan), 9(3), pp. 143-6.
Bauer M, Tatschner T, Patzelt D. Digital Imaging of the Dissection and Sexual Abuse of a Corpse - an Exceptional Case of Necrophilia. Leg Med (Tokyo). 2007;9(3):143-6. PubMed PMID: 17157546.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Digital imaging of the dissection and sexual abuse of a corpse - an exceptional case of necrophilia. AU - Bauer,Martin, AU - Tatschner,Thomas, AU - Patzelt,Dieter, Y1 - 2006/12/08/ PY - 2006/05/30/received PY - 2006/09/19/revised PY - 2006/09/27/accepted PY - 2006/12/13/pubmed PY - 2007/6/20/medline PY - 2006/12/13/entrez SP - 143 EP - 6 JF - Legal medicine (Tokyo, Japan) JO - Leg Med (Tokyo) VL - 9 IS - 3 N2 - Regular necrophilia refers to the sexually motivated abuse of corpses and is not considered as severe crime in many western countries. However, the risk of "switching" to necrophilic homicides, i.e., committing a homicide to obtain a dead body, has to be assessed by forensic experts. We present a case of semi-professional dissection, preservation and sexual abuse of the body and body parts of a 14-year-old girl. Every step was documented by the offender on thousands of digital images thus allowing an exact reconstruction of necrophilic acts and fantasies. Three months after the disappearance of the body the remains could be recovered and linked to the deceased by pathological examination and DNA analysis. The offender had excessively used the internet for downloading files with sadistic and necrophilic contents including autopsy instructions. The psychiatric examination of the socially integrated and married patient revealed a severe personality disorder. Two other, previously unsolved cases could be attributed to him showing a clear progression of fantasies and acts. SN - 1344-6223 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17157546/Digital_imaging_of_the_dissection_and_sexual_abuse_of_a_corpse___an_exceptional_case_of_necrophilia_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1344-6223(06)00102-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -