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.

Alongi A., Stassi C., Mondello C., Baldino G., Argo A., Ventura Spagnolo E. (2020). Hanging disguised as bondage: accidental or suicidal death?. FORENSIC SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY [10.1007/s12024-020-00261-0].

Hanging disguised as bondage: accidental or suicidal death?

Stassi C.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Baldino G.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Argo A.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Ventura Spagnolo E.
Writing – Review & Editing
2020-01-01

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.
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Alongi A., Stassi C., Mondello C., Baldino G., Argo A., Ventura Spagnolo E. (2020). Hanging disguised as bondage: accidental or suicidal death?. FORENSIC SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND PATHOLOGY [10.1007/s12024-020-00261-0].
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