Hanging disguised as bondage: accidental or suicidal death?

Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Antonina Argo, Cristina Mondello, Chiara Stassi, Gennaro Baldino

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Abstract

The concept of autoerotic asphyxiation refers to the use of devices or substances intended to enhance one’s arousal by inducing cerebral hypoxia, which can involuntarily lead to death. Although in most cases death occurs accidentally, it is nonetheless true that the same devices might be used by the practitioners in order to attempt suicide. The case of a 34-year-old practitioner of autoerotic asphyxiation found dead in his apartment with bondage-like ligatures and masking is reported here. The case raised some issues concerning the accidental or suicidal nature of the act. The aspects taken into account in the management of the case are discussed, along with a compared approach to the data provided by literature.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalFORENSIC SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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